Wednesday, December 30, 2015

It's a BEST SELLER! The Killer was No Lady RANKS # 3 on Amazon Kindle

1st day of "Official" release of THE KILLER WAS NO LADY finished the day at # 3 on the Amazon Best Seller List.

  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: 


    Sam Hill Kindle Short Read # 11 THE KILLER WAS NO LADY

    The newest Edition to the Hard-Boiled Short Series, SAM HILL Private Investigator, marks # 11 in this series from author R. Archer and Hard-Boiled Books.

    It's a blast from the past!
    Step back in time to 1950 with wise-cracking private detective Sam Hill as he tackles cases filled with a variety of interesting characters. Each Case will bring a grin or a laugh with each new read. And maybe a bit of awe, in the sense, that Sam Hill is not Politically Correct!

    True to the nature of the 1950s before there was political correctness, a simpler time in life existed in American History, before the computer and the cell phone, a time when a private dick has to use his wits and a bit of muscle (and his gun) to battle the crime of the day to solve a case, rescue a Dame or put the bad guy behind bars. It's action, thrills, excitement and tongue firmly implanted in check, hard-boiled fiction as never told before.

    Well, almost never. The author discovered the character Sam Hill in the public domain, another forgotten pulp character (detective), unlike some public domain pulp characters that have seen a rebirth in modern times with the resurgence of classic pulp fiction, like, Doc Savage, The Spider, The Shadow, just to name a few. The author a fan of the old pulps and the creator and author of Harvey Valentine, found something special in the old Sam Hill.

    He breathed new life into the character and made Sam Hill,  grittier and sarcastic than the original character ever was, making Sam Hill his own.

    So, sit back, relax, close that porn playing in the background and get a copy of  THE KILLER WAS NO LADY for FREE! Yes, we said for Free! Now you can't beat that! You can go back to beating whatever after you have read this piece of Hard-boiled, detective pulp fiction.

    The Killer was No Lady is FREE 12/30-31/15
    Otherwise it's $1.99 or FREE 24/7 with Kindle Unlimited.

    Tuesday, December 29, 2015

    The Judge and the Cultist HOT OFF THE PRESS!


    Get it HOT off the press for $3.99 ecopy only. Paperback will be available January 1st.


    Get your hands on the latest episode of SAM HILL Private Investigator.  Sam is the target for murder, and he believes Roxy is out to kill him. It's more fun that getting poked in the eye with a stick!

    Enjoy this FREE COPY of


    Coming Soon From Hard-Boiled Books

    Many new things are on the horizon here at Hard-Boiled Books. This week in the remaining days before the New Year, we expect to release THE JUDGE AND THE CULTIST.

    The Judge and the Cultist is the second Novel in The Case Files of Harvey Valentine Private Dick. It will appear first on Amazon Kindle and then be followed up by the Paperback edition and distributed to all the major retail outlets: Barnes & Nobes, Itunes, Scribd, Smashwords, Kobo and more.

    The release of THE KILLER WAS NO LADY (A Sam Hill Hard-boiled Short #11) will take place Wednesday 12/30/15 and be made available for FREE all day!

    Make sure you get your copy!

    Our goals is to publish all the SAM HILL shorts in one volume. Look for it New Years Eve or New Years Day! It will contain all 11 of the individual Sam Hill short stories, plus a never before published short, #12.

    The past year has been a great year for us with the publication of 3 Novels (maybe 4), and the publication of 17 ebooks/chap books.

    The coming year we hope to publish several more novels and more outstanding short stories.

    Happy New Year!

    Thursday, December 24, 2015

    Who are the Top-Notch Private Detectives

    There are a ton of lists out there online for almost anything. The best movies, books, etc. Including lists of the Best Fictional Detectives.

    Here's our Hard-Boiled List of Top-Notch Private Dicks as compiled by Hard-Boiled Books. Now to be considered a Top-Notch Private Dick, the fictional character must be of the noir era (30's to 50's) to modern times.

    • Harvey Valentine
    • Jeff Regan
    • Phillip Marlowe
    • Matt Slade
    • Peter Chambers
    • Pat Novack
    • Michael Shayne
    • Sam Hill
    • Artemus Black

    Expanded Distribution with GOOGLE PLAY

    Hard-Boiled Books is proud to announce our partnership with Google Play. At current, because of contractual obligations we are only offering our Novels and select short reads in the Google Play market. The Secret Cabal can be found at Google Play, and look for GOLD DIGGER very soon, and THE JUDGE AND THE CULTIST (Novel 2 in The Case Files of Harvey Valentine).

    Who remembers this guy?

    Wednesday, December 23, 2015

    Pulp Detective Cover # 2

    What a creepy cover. Gives us ideas for a story or two!

    Pulp Detective Covers #1

    The Hard-Boiled Blog

    Hard-Boiled Books is a Publisher of Hard-Boiled Fiction and the pulp magazine Hard-Boiled Pulp. We are an Indie Publisher and enjoy the select market we have chosen to write and publish in. We find inspiration and reverence for Hard-Boiled fiction, and not only the fiction found in books, but in videos, television shows, and Old Time Radio shows, all of which we attempt to share with our patrons through our blog.

    Adding to our line up of quality hard-boiled entertainment will be a choice selection of Pulp Detective book and magazine covers. These old covers are AWESOME if you appreciate the pulp era, detective fiction and of course, the terrific art found on each cover.

    Front Page Detective - Alibi for suicide (1951)

    A newspaper columnist who helps police solve especially difficult mysteries. The title derived from a popular mystery magazine of the same name.


    If you haven't read wise-cracking hard-boiled Private Eye, Sam Hill, then your missing out on the fun and the action. Take a trip back in time to 1950. To a time before there was political correctness and enjoy this tale of a noir detective with a knack for finding the strangest cases.


    Coming very soon, we hope by the end of the month, but if not, then look for this 2nd Novel in the Harvey Valentine Private Dick Series around the 1st of the Year.

    The novels are where it all began. The author R. Archer wrote Gold Digger, the first Harvey Valentine Novel in 2015, and began writing the 2nd novel (The Judge and the Cultist) before even finishing the first novel. He completed it a month later. The intent was to release it sooner in 2015, but with the way life is, busy as it is, it got set back a bit, but the good news it will be published and released by the end of this month. That is our goal to have had 3 Novels by R. Archer published this year in 2015, the year they were written in.

    Here is a fun, excerpt from THE JUDGE AND THE CULTIST.

    Brief Synopsis:

    Harvey is hired by the wife of a Judge, who, it seems has lost all interest in her and their marriage; hired to find out what is occupying the Judges free time and thoughts, Harvey discovers a cult, led by a charismatic leader and encounters a list of characters that will make you grin or laugh.

    (c) 2015. R. Archer.

    My old friend Detective Harris would joke I looked like a college professor or an author. A compliment that others had bestowed on me as well. I took note of the comment and often used it to serve as background for undercover work and would introduce myself when asked what I did for a living? My favorite was to tell people I was a professor at Miskatonic University. A fictional place, appearing in the literary works based on the writings of H.P. Lovecraft.  
    If asked here tonight, my alibi would be I was an author. I liked to mix it up once in a while.
    The sound of a body hitting the floor got my attention two pews over to the left. A gentlemen sitting next to whom I presumed was his wife, bobbed forward, unstable, he tried to raise his hands to steady himself, and the effort made him pass out. The man, of about thirty, fell forward, his shoulder hitting the pew in front of him. He slowly slid down the back of the pew and hit the floor hard in the isle next to the man already on the floor.
    “Jesus Christ,” I said aloud, breaking my silence. I looked around to see if my utterance drew any attention. Nobody paid me any. The minister finally stood up straight.
    “Jesus speaks through me God’s children.”  His voice boomed through the rafters of the church. “Listen to his words,”
    he barked in a deep bass.
    The pigeon spooked once again, fluttered about in a chaotic circle over the congregation. It shit as it passed over the minister and the altar.
    The pigeon shit sailed like a paratrooper descending at a forty-five-degree angle. The poo hit the side of the altar and stuck.

    The Lord God gave me a sign. This sham was nothing but bullshit or pigeon shit. The parishioners didn’t think so. A few gasps arose from the pews, and “Awes”.

    Tuesday, December 22, 2015

    Free Wednesday 12-23-15 THE FLYING MONEY CAPER - A Sam Hill Hard-Boiled Short

    Free Tomorrow Wednesday 12-23-15

    A Sam Hill Hard-Boiled Short

    Get your FREE kindle copy! Makes a great gift for yourself! Enjoy the wise-cracking adventures of private eye, SAM HILL. 

    The Sam Hill short read series provides aprox. 30 minutes of entertainment you can't find anywhere else for the price. Forget them rerun's, and all the crap on the TV, sit back and enjoy Sam Hill.

    Expanding our distribution Markets for our Novels

    Expanding our distribution Markets for our Novels

    Hard-Boiled Books is proud to announce that we have extended our distribution markets. Up until now we have primarily focused distributing our books exclusively through Amazon and the Amazon Kindle Market. Meaning our books have only been available for purchase through Amazon either as paperbacks our electronic (Kindle) and the very few expanded markets that Amazon distributes. At the moment the only books offered outside of Amazon are the NOVELS:


    Both these novels are currently available in electronic format through

    • Amazon 
    • Itunes 
    • Scribd 
    • PageFoundry 
    • Kobo 
    • Smashwords 

    Pending Markets

    • Google play 
    • Nook/Barnes & Nobles 
    • More on the way 

    We will continue to offer our Hard-Boiled Short Read Series as Kindle exclusives until further notice.

    Monday, December 21, 2015


    A rare, hard-boiled detective TV show from 1952.

    The Amazing Mr. Malone

    In the days of Noir, and black and white before there was TV, there was old time radio (OTR), and not all the private dicks swinging back in those days were actually private detectives. Lawyers often portrayed the roles of sleuths, and the Amazing Mr. Malone was one of them.  Written by Craig Rice,
    who at one time excelled Agatha Christy in sales. She wrote 14 novels and countless short stories in her time.

    Take thirty minutes of your time, shut off the streaming media, or the boob tube and give a listen to THE AMAZING MR. MALONE.

    Saturday, December 19, 2015


    Enjoy a FREE COPY of WITNESS TO MURDER A kindle short read by outstanding author of crime fiction, R. ARCHER.

    Treat yourself for Christmas.

    Friday, December 18, 2015

    Thursday, December 17, 2015

    Ben Casey Crime Reporter THE SECRET CABAL

    Watch this Book Trailer from Hard-Boiled Books.


    In our absence

    Sorry, folks and regular visitors to Hard-Boiled Books. The Management has been on vacation! NOT! That was not the case, but to answer the mystery as to where we've been is complicated and simple at the same time. Your publisher, R. Archer, a man of many obligations has been working on overtime  to finish his associates degree in Paralegal Studies this quarter. He is proud and relieved to announce that he has finished and graduated with his degree after 2.5 years of full-time study. Yeah!

    Now we can get back to work around here by presenting what we love to do, with a passion, and that is to bring you original hard-boiled pulp fiction with a few extras on the side, like choice, hand-picked hard-boiled media. From movies to old time radio classics, as well other interesting related media.

    As Harvey Valentine would say, "Get on with it already!"

    So- here is what's coming up. A return to regular programming, so there will be a new featured Old Time Radio Private Dick for this month.  Look for it! As well as a few other gems. More FREE books and exciting announcement about NEW RELEASES as well as some other choice content.

    Because of the issue with Midterms, then finals for the last quarter for the publisher and trying to balance everything, and not to mention no time to complete projects. The November Issue was never releashed for Hard-Boiled Pulp Magazine, or the December issue.  The publisher did not expect to get beat up so bad this last quarter attending full time, plus doing an internship to graduate, then not to mention everything else, the publisher had no choice but to put further publication of Hard-Boiled Pulp Magazine on hold. Time permitting and we are working at it, there will be a JANUARY 2016 release. At the moment the decision is still being made by the publisher and managing partners whether to run the January Issue as issue #2 or #1 Vol 2.  The first Issue (premier October) was basically the test run for the Magazine, and for the staff at Hard-Boiled Books. More will be posted as it becomes known.

    We look forward to bringing you quality hard-boiled entertainment on a regular basis once again.

    Happy Holidays!