Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Pre-1930's

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 19 Aug 2002


<<If you're willing to spot me a few months, I'd suggest Raoul Whitfield's DEATH IN A BOWL. And, oh if you can find them, and you don't mind short stories, find some featuring Tough Dick Donohue by Frederick Nebel, Jo Gar by Ramon Delacorta, Max Latin by Norbert Davis, Steve Midnight by John K. Butler and Dan Turner by Robert Leslie Bellem. Pulpy as hell, but you don't get much more hard-boiled than this stuff, and the best of them are every bit as goo as it


Then there's the work of Frederick Faust (Max Brand). There'a a web site on Faust-Brand:

and a good bibliography:

He was writing hardboiled westerns in the 20s, so he counts. Also all kinds of short stories.

And Erle Stanley Gardner did write many hardboiled stories in the 20s, some of which have been collected (for example, the stories featuring Ed Jenkins, a screwball hero with everlasting appeal).



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