Hard-Boiled Mysteries: Authors and Sleuths; A Quiz Deck

Hard-Boiled Mysteries: Authors and Sleuths; A Quiz Deck
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Hard-Boiled Mysteries: Authors and Sleuths; A Quiz Deck
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With 48 fact-filled cards per package, Knowledge Cards are a great source of condensed information—all in a deck the size of a pack of playing cards. Size: 3¼ x 4".

Library of Congress and Mystery Writers of America.

ISBN 9780764953279

Product Description

Detective. Sleuth. Gumshoe. Private eye. For nearly a century, mystery writers have been hammering out hard-hitting tales featuring these flawed, fascinating, often quirky characters—including more than a few no-nonsense gals—who don’t shy away from danger in their pursuit of the bad guys. From their beginnings in 1920s pulp magazines, hard-boiled detective stories have presented a gritty, often violent view of crime, and their private eye protagonists are as tough as the crooks they seek to foil. In this quiz deck of 48 cards, the Library of Congress and the Mystery Writers of America have teamed up to test the knowledge of every aficionado of the yarns of Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, and their fellow masters of the genre.


Sample Card Text

This author is noted for telling tales of sex, violence, and crime from the perspective of a man driven to wrongdoing by the woman he craves. Who was he?

Answer
Author, reporter, and screenwriter James M. Cain (1892–1977) gave the noir genre two of its great classics in The Postman Always Rings Twice and Double Indemnity, both of which also became classic films. In Postman, Cain introduced his signature plot, which became a mainstay of noir fiction and film: a man overcome with hunger for an irresistible woman is disillusioned, abandoned, and ultimately destroyed by the object of his desire. Femme fatale Cora Papadakis bewitches drifter Frank Chambers, sparking a torrid love affair and a scheme to murder her husband. This best seller, which author David Madden dubbed “the quintessential tough guy novel,” typifies the substance of Cain’s canon, in which unremittingly wicked characters trigger a chain of unfortunate events. Madden also called Cain “the twenty-minute egg of the hard-boiled school.” Though he vehemently objected to being typecast as a crime or mystery novelist, Cain broke new ground in these genres. In 1970, he was named Grand Master by Mystery Writers of America.