The Best Hardboiled Books of All Time 

Hardboiled books are full of action, detectives, gangs, and a lot of twists. These novels are like a wonderful joy ride. But not all books are the same. That is why we decided to list the best hardboiled books of all time. Keep reading to see which books made our list! 

The Best Hardboiled Books of All Time 
The Best Hardboiled Books of All Time 

The heyday of hardboiled books was from the 1930s to the 1950s. But that doesn’t mean authors have stopped writing them. While they may not be as common, you can still find them. The genre was violent and bloody and as you can imagine, not everyone is a fan of that. You can see the full list below. 

The Best Hardboiled Books of All Time 

Lots of Classics 

Some of you may have noticed some of the books and authors on the list. Classics such as The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett, and The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain are some of the biggest books in the genre.  

These authors have more than one book on the list. Many hardboiled books were originally written for magazines in parts. Chandler combined two or more of his stories written for magazines and added more content when writing the books. That was the norm when hardboiled fiction was thriving in the 1920s. 


That is all for the best hardboiled books of all time list. What books should have been included on the list? Let us know in the comments below! 

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9 thoughts on “The Best Hardboiled Books of All Time 

    1. Samir Mokdad says:

      Sadly no mention of the most popular book of all times all over the world after the Bible and the Quran is Gibran Khalil Gibran : The Prophet…
      Samir Mokdad,
      Stockholm – Sweden.

      1. Anonymous says:

        I did not know that The Prophet was a hard-boiled detective novel. 😂

    1. SEAN Sheehan says:

      The omission of I the Jury is unconscionable!

  1. Wade Flannery says:

    I would highly recommend I the jury by Mickey Spillane and The Lady In The Lake by Raymond Chandler. In my opinion these two books define the genre.


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