Re: RARA-AVIS: Historical crime writers

From: Graham Powell (
Date: 10 Jan 2002

There are quite a few hardboiled historical series around, but most of them focus on the 1930s throught the 1950s. I'm thinking of Collins' Nate Heller series, Stuart Kaminsky's Toby Peters books, and the LeVine books by Andrew Bergman (winner, best title: THE BIG KISS-OFF OF 1944). But these are really set in the fictional world of fiction that was contemporary at that time. The best hardboiled fiction that I've read that really stretches beyond the familiar "Black Mask" world is the Bernie Gunther series by Philip Kerr, which is set in Berlin and Vienna during the days before and after World War II. And yes, three of Pelecanos' "D. C. Quartet" are historical, if you count novels set in 1976 and 1986 as historical (THE BIG BLOWDOWN, set from 1939-59, is clearly historical fiction).

--------- Hardboiled and Noir

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