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From Ameche to Zozzled: A Glossary of Hard-Boiled Slang of the 1920s through the 1940s by Joe Tradii (2018)

From Ameche to Zozzled: A Glossary of Hard-Boiled Slang of the 1920s through the 1940s by Joe Tradii (2018)

The hard-boiled fiction from the 1930s and the many films noir later, apart from several other similarities, shared a special gangster jargon and street-wise language that lent an extra air of authenticity to those works. As the many weird expressions, prohibition-time lingo, proverbs and often sexists, racist and plainly offensive words used there quickly went […]

Connecting Detectives: The Influence of 19th Century Sleuth Fiction… by Lewis D. Moore (2015)

Connecting Detectives: The Influence of 19th Century Sleuth Fiction… by Lewis D. Moore (2015)

Not only in detective fiction the issue of motive and “just how” things were finally done is of interest. The same questions (and more like them) are relevant in the simple analysis of literary traditions the authors of that fiction could benefit from. Lewis Moore tries to find complementaries, similar behavior and continuing traditions in […]

The Hard-Boiled Female Detective Novel: A Study of a Popular … by William R. Klink (2014)

The Hard-Boiled Female Detective Novel: A Study of a Popular … by William R. Klink (2014)

The detective novel/mystery novel is by far not a strictly male genre, meaning that there are not just male authors writing detective fiction about male investigators. Some of the authors of the early British mystery novels were female; there would be no Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple without Agatha Christie; and Dorothy L. Sayers is […]