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You people suck English teachers have enough work to do without dealing with this crap hard-boiled fiction a tough unsentimental style of American crime writing that brought a new tone of earthy realism or naturalism to the field of detective fiction Hard-boiled fiction used graphic sex and violence vivid but often sordid urban backgrounds and fast-paced slangy dialogue Credit for the invention of the genre belongs to Dashiell Hammett 18941961 a former Pinkerton detective and contributor to the pulp magazines whose first truly hard-boiled story Fly Paper appeared in Black Mask magazine in 1929 Combining his own experiences with the realistic influence of writers such as Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos Hammett created a definitely American type of detective fiction that was separate and distinct from the English mystery story usually set in a country house populated by cooks butlers and relatives a pattern that had been slavishly followed by American writers for generations The first of Hammetts detective novels was Red Harvest 1929 His masterpiece is generally believed to be The Maltese Falcon 1930 which introduced Sam Spade his most famous sleuth His most successful story The Thin Man 1932 was the last of an extraordinary quintet of novels Hammetts innovations were incorporated in the hard-boiled melodramas of James M Cain 18921977 particularly in such early works as The Postman Always Rings Twice 1934 and Double Indemnity 1936 Another successor was Raymond Chandler 18881959 whose novels such as The Big Sleep 1939 Farewell My Lovely 1940 and The Little Sister 1949 deal with corruption and racketeering in Southern California Other important writers of the hard-boiled school are George Harmon Coxe 190184 author of such thrillers as Murder with Pictures 1935 and Eye Witness 1950 and WR Burnett 18991982 who wrote Little Caesar 1929 and The Asphalt Jungle 1949 Hard-boiled fiction ultimately degenerated into the extreme sensationalism and undisguised sadism of what Ellery Queens Mystery Magazine called the guts-gore-and-gals-school as
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