In 1944, Raymond Chandler penned an essay called “The Simple Art of Murder” in which he outlined the hallmarks of a hard-boiled detective/private investigator. Part of his definition included the following:
is that you will treat him as a proud man or be very sorry you ever saw him.
If Raymond Chandler were around today, and wanted to define the hard-boiled sleuth, rather than writing an essay, he could instead confidently point to any of the four books depicted below. I read them all within the last month and just loved them! Ray Dudgeon (Chercover) and Jonah Geller (Shrier) deftly navigate those mean streets. Chercover and Shrier have absolutely nailed it.