Last updated: 12 February 2003
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
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 Aug
2003: Georges Simenon (especially non-Maigret books)
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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