The Hard-Boiled Detective

Created by Ben Solomon

"I don't mean to be cute. But sometimes
my line of work calls for it."

Pulp on a subscription basis? Digitally?

Sure.

It may be a whole new world out there, but Ben Solomon's THE HARD-BOILED DETECTIVE is a delicious and unapologetic throwback to another, simpler era, of cheap thrills printed on cheaper paper; an era of broad-shouldered he-men and soft-shouldered broads, where fedoras and trenchoats are the order of the day and the roscoes spit ka-chow ka-chow all night long.

Solomon never really gives us his character's name, or even clues us in on which era (1929? 39? 49?) or which city's mean streets his guy goes down, although the smart money's on Chicago.

But hey, what do names matter when the tough guy patter comes spilling out in all its B-list pulp perfection? This is genre as in generic, but it's rendered with such a giddy sense of glee and so little pretension that you really don't mind.

Each story is presented as the detective's statement to the cops, and each, Ben says, is crammed with "dishonest dames, manipulative mugs, cagey crooks, and plenty of victims. There's always plenty of victims." Starting in January 2013, he's so far pumped out three stories a month; three little noirish nuggets of crunchy goodness, and never missed a deadline. That must have been one hell of a New Year's resolution.

If this sounds like your cup of meat, head on over to The Hard-Boiled Detective, and subscribe. For your 29 bucks, Ben promises three shots of the good stuff every month for a year (in the electronic format of your choice: : epub, mobi or PDF), each yarn running 3,000-9,000 words for a 30 to 90-minute read. "Even longer if you move your lips," he helpfully adds.

Sure.

SHORT STORIES

  • "Pierre-Louis Leblanc" (January 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #1)
  • "Vincent Grigio" (January 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #2)
  • "Simeon Von Runck" (January 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #3)
  • "Johnny Shin" (February 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #4)
  • "Mr. North" (February 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #5)
  • "William Sykes" (February 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #6)
  • "Anna Burgle" (March 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #7)
  • "Carlo Spinetti" (March 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #8)
  • "G-Man" (March 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #9)
  • "Jane Doe" (April 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #10)
  • "Marcel Dupree" (April 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #11)
  • "Mr. Lucy" (April 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #12)
  • "Clarence Toppy" (May 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #13)
  • "Dolan Dooley" (May 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #14)
  • "Simon & Sammy Kohlvak" (May 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #15)
  • "Rex Stanford" (June 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #16)
  • "Mathilda Olive" (June 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #17)
  • "Pandereos Ajax" (June 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #18)
  • "Louis Pelka" (July 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #19)
  • "Eugene Feathers" (July 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #20)
  • "Gabriella Merlo" (July 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #21)
  • "Emmanuel Slide" (August 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #22)
  • "Brigid Lang" (August 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #23)
  • "Natalia Ernst" (August 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #24)
  • "The Kid" (September 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #25)
  • "Julian Rehnquist" (September 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #26)
  • "Sylvester Farcas" (September 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #27)
  • "Janus Piquant" (October 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #28)
  • "Donovan Creel" (October 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #29)
  • "Krivitz & Trafalgar" (October 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #30)
  • "Mr. Z Returns" (November 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #31)
  • "Lillian Best" (November 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #32)
  • "Elias Coffey" (November 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #33)
  • "Muriel Folger" (December 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #34)
  • "Hannah Glass" (December 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #35)
  • "Dorothy Crust" (December 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #36)
  • "Cedars Buttersworth" (January 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #37)
  • "Patricia Vermillion" (January 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #38)
  • "Sheila Mason" (January 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #39)
  • "Leonardo Binks" (February 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #40)
  • "Ramona Dove" (February 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #41)
  • "Gilbert Penny" (February 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #42)
  • "Pappy King" (March 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #43)
  • "Lemoyne" (March 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #44)
  • "Gladys Stout" (March 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #45)
  • "Noodles" (April 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #46)
  • "Stella Geddis" (April 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #47)
  • "Christopher Lowe" (April 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #48)
  • "Maxie Baloin" (May 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #49)
  • "Doc Ross" (May 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #50)
  • "Chloe Thurman" (May 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #51)
  • "Mr. Colt" (June 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #52)
  • "Hubert Hinkle" (June 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #53)
  • "Cole Machesney" (June 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #54)
  • "Sheila Wong" (July 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #55)
  • "The Torp Brothers" (July 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #56)
  • "Davis Monk" (July 2013, The Hard-Boiled Detective.com #57)

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