The 25 Best Hardboiled Fiction Books of All Time 

Reading Hardboiled fiction novels is not for everyone. But fans of the genre are always looking for the best hardboiled novels to read. That is why we decided to list the 25 best hardboiled fiction novels of all time. Keep reading to find out which books made our list! 

The 25 Best Hardboiled Fiction Books of All Time 
The 25 Best Hardboiled Fiction Books of All Time 

The golden age of hardboiled fiction was almost a century ago. And while the genre is still going strong, great hardboiled fiction novels are not released that often. That is why most of the novels were released a long time ago. But the genre is seeing a resurgence as more and more authors are starting to revisit a genre beloved by many. 

The 25 Best Hardboiled Fiction Books of All Time 

Classics and Everything Else 

Many of the hardboiled fiction classics are well known by now by avid readers of the genre. Authors such as Raymond Chandler, Dashiel Hammett, and James, M. Cain have helped the genre become more mainstream. But they are just some of the many amazing authors that have written hardboiled fiction novels. 

There are hundreds if not thousands of great novels to read and these are the 25 best ones in our opinion. Some of them are our personal favorites and they may not appear on other lists. But no two lists tend to be the same. 


That is all for our list of the 25 best hardboiled fiction books of all time. Which novels should we have included on our list? Let us know in the comments below! 

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7 thoughts on “The 25 Best Hardboiled Fiction Books of All Time 

  1. Anonymous says:

    Postman Always Rings Twice gets counted twice?

  2. Cesar E. Diaz says:

    Hammett’s “The Thin Man” is NOT a hardboiled novel,it is very much a cozy,yes,mystery!!
    And the Hughes and Highsmith are psychological mystery novels not harboiled fiction.Instead I would add something by Elmore Leonard or one more Chandler or Jim Thompson novel (The Getaway or Pop.1280).

  3. Cesar E. Diaz says:

    “Strangers on a train” is a psychological suspense novel and it’s not hardboiled fiction.

  4. Anonymous says:

    No Mike Hammer books from Mickey Spillane? Some of those are great.


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