Last updated: 26 August 2002
Aug 2002: Hardboiled PBOs: Fawcett Gold Medals Sep 2002:
Procedurals and their relation to the hardboiled
Then an eight-month look at the history of hardboiled and
noir writing. Pick a book from the given decade, read it, and
send out your comments. We'll see how the writing changed
over time. Reading suggestions are welcome and will be added
below. Browse your anthologies for short stories from old
See also Geoffrey O'Brien's checklist from HARDBOILED
Oct 2002: pre-1930
W.R. Burnett's LITTLE CAESAR (1929), Dashiell Hammett's RED
HARVEST (1929) and THE DAIN CURSE (1929). Lots of short stories
from pulp magazines. Make your case for proto-hardboiled writers
(Hemingway, Twain, Swift, etc.).
Nov 2002: 1930-1939
Raoul Whitfield's GREEN ICE (1930), Paul Cain's FAST ONE (1932),
Frederick Nebel, Norbert Davis, Dashiell Hammett's THE MALTESE FALCON
(1930), THE GLASS KEY (1931), THE THIN MAN (1934), John dos Passos's
USA TRILOGY, James M. Cain's DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1936), James T.
Farrell's Studs Lonigan trilogy, Horace McCoy's THEY SHOOT HORSES,
DON'T THEY? (1935), Raymond Chandler's THE BIG SLEEP (1939).
Dec 2002: 1940-1949
Mickey Spillane, Leo Malet.
Jan 2003: 1950-1959
John D. MacDonald, Ross Macdonald.
Feb 2003: 1960-1969
Mar 2003: 1970-1979
Apr 2003: 1980-1989
James Ellroy, Charles Willeford's Hoke Moseley series.
May 2003: 1990-present (and: whither hardboiled/noir
George Pelecanos, Michael Connelly.
Then back to a single writer/theme:
Jun 2003: John D. MacDonald Jul 2003: Charles Willeford
Having a theme for a month, where people can read any book by
a particular author or in a certain series or on a certain
topic, is easier all around than the old book-of- the-month
readings we'd do. It brings up a lot more discussion on the
list and it doesn't tie everyone to a certain book that may
be hard for them to find. I encourage everyone to read
something related to the theme of the month and mention it on
the list. All the regular RARA-AVIS talk goes on as well, of
Suggestions for future themes include: the continuing
question of hardboiled women writers, Barry Gifford, W.R.
Burnett, Nick Tosches, politics, gangster-related books, and
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