Noir/hard-boiled is a type of crime fiction characterized by a gritty, dark tone, as well as realistic portrayals of sex and violence. These stories feature a main character—typically an antihero—who is self-destructive or damaged in some way.
Well-known noir writers include James Ellroy and Dennis Lehane. Dashiel Hammett's 1930 detective novel The Maltese Falcon is a classic in the genre. Hammett's protagonist, private detective Sam Spade, and Raymond Chandler's character Philip Marlowe are the two iconic detectives in the genre.
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