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Their protagonists are always highly individualistic and often lone operators, such as Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe. Their prime virtues are not preternatural powers of deduction and reasoning but single-minded persistence and the toughness to withstand the stress and violence that may beset them in pursuit of their cases.
Often, the cases they initially undertake to investigate turn out to be something like red herrings; in pursuit of the truth, they must dig deeper than their clients may wish them to go, sometimes at great cost to the detectives themselves. Violence always plays an important part in hard-boiled narratives.
Not only are murders portrayed more gruesomely, more realistically, and more intimately than in cozy mysteries, but the detectives themselves are often violent persons. Finally, narrative voice and style are important to hard-boiled tales. Often, but by no means always, the stories are narrated in a laconic first-person vocie.
In the tradition of Hammett and Chandler, and following Joseph T. Dialogue is peppered with street slang and police and criminal jargon.Philip Marlowe Created by Raymon d Chandler () "I needed a drink, I needed a lot of life insurance, I needed a vacation, I needed a home in the country.
What I had was a coat, a hat and a gun. Fictional detectives are characters in detective fiction. These characters have long been a staple of detective mystery crime fiction, particularly in detective novels and short stories.
Much of early detective fiction was written during the " Golden Age of Detective Fiction " (ss). His popularity has made his name (with Hammett’s Sam Spade) a generic term for all hard-boiled private detectives, one that has had numerous manifestations in fiction, film, radio, television, and graphic novels over the past seventy-five years.
Two of fiction’s most famous detectives were inspired by a black private eye, it has been claimed. Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe - portrayed by actor Humphrey Bogart in classic films The Maltese.
Nick Stefanos is in many ways the spiritual heir of Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade and co; in much the same way that writer George Pelecanos can trace his writing chops back to James Ellroy and Elmore Leonard. Sam Spade is a fictional private detective and the protagonist of Dashiell Hammett's novel, The Maltese Falcon.
Spade also appeared in four lesser-known short stories by Hammett. Spade also appeared in four lesser-known short stories by Hammett.