Whereas classic detectives stories focused on plot and thought (sometimes called whodunits), Hardboiled Detectives focused scene setting in the gritty urban street and the characterization of the tough, shrewd detectives. Unlike traditional detectives, hardboiled detectives routinely faced death and danger. The characters were super masculine, independent, American frontiersman-type with a propensity for violence and ambivalence towards the law enforcement.
Carroll John Daly, Dashiell Hammett (Sam Spade), and Raymond Chandler (Philip Marlowe) are thought to be the godfathers of hardboiled detective fiction. Writers were encouraged to write with an "authentic" voice often using more metaphors and similes than a 10th grade English teacher. The slang of Hardboiled Detectives is legendary with authors often coining new terms. Eventually this characterization became a cliché and eventually satirized.
This collection included a sample of some of the best Hardboiled Detectives old time radio shows; including: Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, Pat Novak, Jeff Regan, Harry Lime, Box 13, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, Richard Diamond, Bold Venture, Big Town, Michael Shayne, Nightbeat, That Hammer Guy, Rogue's Gallery, The Falcon, and a few surprises.
Get out your bean shooter, flogger, and your dame because there's a Baumes rush of bindle punks and there's no telling who's going to be blipped off or bopped off. Don't be a weak sister because, these aren't a bunch of flatties gumshoeing, and they won't think twice about dry gulching you in the conk.
That talk is too tough for you? See also: Softboiled Detectives.