Top 100 Hard-Boiled Characters

Classic Black Mask Pulp

Classic Black Mask Pulp Magazine Compilation

An older list by 10 years, this list actually  compiles 111 of the top Hard-Boiled characters from the more obvious Chandler, to Willeford and Highsmith. A pretty comprehensive list from the 20th century that makes one wonder about the fate of 21st century hard-boiled writers.

The list begins not-surprisingly with Chandler’s Philip Marlowe and ends with Simenon’s Maigret. View the rest of the list and the runner-up’s here:


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