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List of famous hardboiled books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular hardboiled books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best hardboiled novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

Books here include everything from The Big Sleep to The Maltese Falcon.

This list should answer the questions, "What are the best hardboiled books?" and "What are the most famous hardboiled books?"

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Already Dead is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Hardboiled Books and Novels
Already Dead Charlie Huston

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Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Hardboiled Books and Novels
Altered Carbon Richard K. Morgan

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Cotton Comes to Harlem is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Hardboiled Books and Novels
Cotton Comes to Harlem Chester Himes

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Crooked Little Vein is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Hardboiled Books and Novels
Crooked Little Vein Warren Ellis

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Devil in a Blue Dress is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Hardboiled Books and Novels
Devil in a Blue Dress Walter Mosley

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Double Indemnity is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Hardboiled Books and Novels
Double Indemnity James M. Cain

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Easy Money is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Hardboiled Books and Novels
Easy Money Jens Lapidus

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Every Last Drop is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Hardboiled Books and Novels
Every Last Drop Charlie Huston

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Farewell, My Lovely is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Hardboiled Books and Novels
Farewell, My Lovely Raymond Chandler

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Finch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Hardboiled Books and Novels
Finch Jeff VanderMeer

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Guilty Pleasures is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Hardboiled Books and Novels
Guilty Pleasures Laurell K. Hamilton

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Gun, with Occasional Music is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Hardboiled Books and Novels
Gun, with Occasional Music Jonathan Lethem

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Half the Blood of Brooklyn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Hardboiled Books and Novels

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KOP is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Hardboiled Books and Novels
KOP Warren Hammond

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Mildred Pierce is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Hardboiled Books and Novels
Mildred Pierce James M. Cain

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My Dead Body is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Hardboiled Books and Novels
My Dead Body Charlie Huston

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No Dominion is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Hardboiled Books and Novels
No Dominion Charlie Huston

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No Orchids for Miss Blandish is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Hardboiled Books and Novels
No Orchids for Miss Blandish James Hadley Chase

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Playback is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Hardboiled Books and Novels
Playback Raymond Chandler

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Poodle Springs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Hardboiled Books and Novels
Poodle Springs Robert B. Parker, Raymond Chandler

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Red wind is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Hardboiled Books and Novels
Red wind Raymond Chandler

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Silent to the Bone is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Hardboiled Books and Novels
Silent to the Bone E. L. Konigsburg

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Spanish Blood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Hardboiled Books and Novels
Spanish Blood Raymond Chandler

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Stranger Will is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Hardboiled Books and Novels
Stranger Will Caleb J. Ross

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Strega is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Hardboiled Books and Novels
Strega Andrew Vachss

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The Big Sleep is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Hardboiled Books and Novels
The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler

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The High Window is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Hardboiled Books and Novels
The High Window Raymond Chandler

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The Lady in the Lake is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Hardboiled Books and Novels
The Lady in the Lake Raymond Chandler

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The Laughing Corpse is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Hardboiled Books and Novels
The Laughing Corpse Laurell K. Hamilton

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The Long Goodbye is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Hardboiled Books and Novels
The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler

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The Maltese Falcon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Hardboiled Books and Novels
The Maltese Falcon Dashiell Hammett

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The Real Cool Killers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Hardboiled Books and Novels
The Real Cool Killers Chester Himes

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The Secret Speech is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Hardboiled Books and Novels
The Secret Speech Tom Rob Smith

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Trouble is My Business is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Hardboiled Books and Novels
Trouble is My Business Raymond Chandler