Saturday, March 26, 2016

"HARD BOILED" - Super 8 Short Film

A very cool Super 8 short film. The creator did a fantastic job!

Hard-Boiled Detective Fiction: The L.A. Environment in the '30s

This is a very interesting short video on the history of Hard-Boiled Fiction. The commentator deserves kudos for asking the viewer to fact check his commentary. We learned something from the video, something that we never bothered to consider, but the author points it out clearly, that the hard-boiled genre was born in California with Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Coming Soon!!! Hard-Boiled Radio

Hard-Boiled Books loves to share the media that makes up the hard-boiled fiction genre. Often we share classic Old Time Radio shows featuring many of the top detectives of the era such as Phillip Marlowe, Sam Spade, Jeff Regan, and others.

We find inspiration in these old shows.

These old radio shows have inspired us to create our very own Radio Show in the tradition of the Old Time Radio Classics. Our first show is in production now. The  exact release date is not scheduled  as of yet, that will change as the project gets closer to completion. At this stage of the shows development, we have a finished radio script and have begun some initial testing production.

Please enjoy the following Sample production of our First Show *(Currently in Production)

A Tentative Schedule of Upcoming Old Time Radio Shows from Hard-Boiled Radio, a division of Hard-Boiled Books. 

  • May: The Double Trouble Caper (Sam Hill) 
  • June: Dead Reckoning (Sam Hill)
  • July:  The Forgetful Stripper (Harvey Valentine)
  • August: Mr. Nobody (Harvey Valentine)

Monday, March 14, 2016

Muskegon Heights and Gold Digger: Background of The Case Files of Harvey Valentine Private Dick

With the launch of Gold Digger the audiobook, Hard-Boiled Books is giving an in-depth look into the background of the novel.

Our protagonist, Harvey Valentine, a local Private Investigator based in Muskegon takes on the case of a wealthy, beautiful woman. Who hires Harvey to locate her husband, a local high-profile attorney. Who happens to be a third-time habitual cocaine addict. The case takes Harvey into Muskegon Heights. A place well-known for crime and corruption.

Please view the listing for GOLD DIGGER the audiobook, written by R. Archer and narrated by Dan Gallagher. Mr. Gallagher does a fantastic voice for Harvey Valentine and brings the character to life.
Visitors can listen to a Free 5-minute sample of the audiobook.

Harvey finds himself investigating a lead in Muskegon Heights, to an abandoned house owned by his client's husband's law firm. The following video is more accurate of the scenery and environment Harvey finds himself in while pursuing his client's husband.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Background on Gold Digger: Muskegon Heights

In Gold Digger, the novel and audiobook, Harvey Valentine Private Investigator has to venture into Muskegon Heights. It's not quite as bad as the video here of Detroit, but it's getting there. It's not uncommon to find several houses on both sides of the street and on most streets in the Heights with abandoned, burned up homes marked with gang signs.

Per capita Muskegon Heights ranks just below Detroit in violent crime and property crime and it's only a city of 10,000 people.

Charlie Danger Private Detective

We here at Hard-Boiled Books love old time radio shows, and as you know we like to rebroadcast them here at the website. Recently we discovered this terrific series done in the fashion of the old time radio shows. Check it out and enjoy, Charlie Danger.

Gold Digger Audiobook Giveaway for Twitter Followers!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

GOLD DIGGER The Audio Book at Amazon.

GOLD DIGGER the audio book is now available at Amazon. You can listen to the first 5 mins FREE at Audible.


Hard-Boiled Books March Schedule

What to look forward to this March From Hard-Boiled Books THE DOUBLE TROUBLE CAPER (#1) in the Sam Hill Short Series is Now FREE at Barnes & Nobles, Kobo, Itunes, and most major outlets. It should be FREE at Amazon in kindle format in the next few days.

Now #1 and # 13, Dead Reckoning are available Free! If you've enjoyed the Sam Hill series, they're are currently 14 singles in the series, or if you like you can get all Sam Hill Singles 1-12 in the Confidential Cases of Sam Hill.

 GOLD DIGGER The Audio Book is now available at AUDIBLE, and will be available soon in the Amazon Markets and through Itunes. The voice actor, Dan Gallagher makes a great Harvey Valentine. We can not brag enough how good the narrator has brought Private Dick Harvey Valentine to life. Over the next week, we will be posting more information about this talented voice actor as we promote Gold Digger the audio book!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Grab an hour of PI Entertainment FREE from Hard-Boiled Books & R. Archer, outstanding author of crime fiction.

Get to know Private Eye Sam Hill or Private Dick Harvey Valentine in one of these FREE singles. Each is from its...
Posted by Rog Archer on Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Secret Cabal 5 Star Review at the Pulp Den by Tom Johnson

A 5 star review of the paperback, The Secret Cabal at the Pulp Den.
Posted by Rog Archer on Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Gold Digger coming to Audio Book!

By 1st of Next Month if not sooner, GOLD DIGGER the audio book will be released. I'm looking forward to this. The...
Posted by Rog Archer on Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Harvey Valentine will be entered for a Shamus Award

Trying to decide on which private dick, Harvey Valentine or Sam Hill short story I will submit that I wrote last year...
Posted by Rog Archer on Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Monday, February 1, 2016

Awesome review of MR. NOBODY A Harvey Valentine Short

A Great Review of Mr. Nobody your FREE copy of this Mystery Bestseller
Posted by Rog Archer on Sunday, January 31, 2016

A great Review of DEAD RECKONING!

5 star review of Dead Reckoning!
Posted by Rog Archer on Sunday, January 31, 2016

Great 5 Star review of Gold Digger

A great review of GOLD DIGGER, get a copy!
Posted by Rog Archer on Sunday, January 31, 2016

Gold Digger is coming to audio book per the Author!

Good NEWS! Harvey Valentine has found a voice!Look for Gold Digger the audio book to be released hopefully next month....
Posted by Rog Archer on Monday, February 1, 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016

Pulp Cover # 8

A very cool cover with a Rad Bradbury short story inside!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Newest Sam Hill Short THE VELVET VOICE MURDER is FREE Today and Tomorrow!


In another exciting mishap adventure with his beautiful redhead secretary Roxy. Get your Free copy of THE VELVET VOICE MURDER today and tomorrow absolutely FREE!

Autographed Copy of Gold Digger Giveaway Contest- Enter for your chance to Win!

Want an opportunity to WIN  an AUTOGRAPHED paperback copy of
GOLD DIGGER: The Case Files of Harvey Valentine Private Dick?

Now is your chance.

To enter our GOLD DIGGER CONTEST you must meet the following qualifications:

  1. Be a US Resident. Sorry, this Giveaway Contest is available for Residents of the United States only.
  2. Must have a valid email address to enter the Giveaway Contest.
  3. Must have a valid postal address to be shipped your prize

Deadline to Enter is February 15th 2016.  Winners will be drawn and announced the following day, the 16th. Will contact you by email to get information for shipping details: Your Name and Address. Books will be shipped the 18th with the USPS please allow up 7 days to receive your book.

To enter, simply sign up for our Hard-Boiled Books Newsletter! Your email address remains 100% confidential. By signing up for our email newsletter you will have entered the GOLD DIGGER giveaway contest and secured your chance to win an autographed copy of Gold Digger: The Case Files of Harvey Valentine Private Dick.  You may unscribe to our email newsletter at any time after the drawing.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Man Against Crime "Hide and Seek"

In our ongoing investigation to find and bring to our visitors and readers the best in pulp detective entertainment, we are proud to share MAN AGAINST CRIME.  Starring Private Detective Mike Barnett. A tough private dick in New York. This show was broadcast live until 1952.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Pulp Cover # 7

We haven't posted a new pulp cover in a while. So here is a fantastic one! Enjoy!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

A New SAM HILL Short is on the way! # 14 The Velvet Voice Murder

From R. Archer, outstanding author of Crime Fiction comes the newest release to the Best Selling Hard-Boiled Short Series: SAM HILL PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR

In episode # 14: The Velvet Voice Murder, Sam takes on the case of a dead disk jockey and brings her murderer to justice. It's hard-boiled hijinks as only Sam Hill can tell it. The Sam Hill Hard-Boiled Short Series can be read in any order!  Each Sam Hill Single is a stand alone story,  Read them all!

Look for the New Sam Hill Short, THE VELVET VOICE MURDER this week! We will announce the official release shortly, and as always, the first day of "Official Release" it will be FREE! But for one (1) day only! So bookmark or sign up for our Newsletter to stay updated on the latest in Hard-Boiled Entertainment and News on our latest New Releases!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Dead Reckoning # 3 on the Mystery Best Seller List

Sweet! Dead Reckoning is now at # 3 on the Mystery Best Seller list. It hung around at 4 for a few days.
Posted by Rog Archer on Saturday, January 16, 2016

Friday, January 15, 2016

Philip Marlowe "The Ugly Duckling" Full TV Show

Marlowe pays off a wealthy young woman's husband's mistress, but she doublecrosses him and turns up dead. Episode 1: Original Air Date: October 6, 1959. Philip Marlowe is a fictional private detective created by Raymond Chandler. Marlowe first appeared under that name in The Big Sleep published in 1939. Chandler's early short stories, published in pulp magazines like Black Mask and Dime Detective, featured similar characters with names like "Carmady" and "John Dalmas".

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Read MR. NOBODY, the latest Harvey Valentine Hard-Boiled Short FREE

From the proprietors of Hard-Boiled Entertainment a tale of a little, odd fella that isn't quite sure just who he is. Harvey Valentine is hired to discover his clients missing identity in this Hard-Boiled Short from outstanding Author of Crime Fiction- R. Archer.

Please Like it, Share it, Get it and Review it! Kind reviews would be appreciated. Please, when leaving reviews don't give spoilers.

Watch Jim Hanvey Detective Full Movie

Jim Hanvey is a genial but top-notch detective who has retired to his country home. An insurance company hires him to find a missing emerald so they won't have to pay out the $100,000 for

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Green Lama - The Man Who Never Existed

We recently discovered, The Green Lama, on Old Time Radio. These are fun shows to listen to. Much better than a lot of the crap on TV. Enjoy!

Dead Reckoning # 17 Hard-Boiled Amazon Best Seller List

Sales rankings change hourly on Amazon, and Daily. Dead Reckoning has been hanging in at # 4 on the Mystery Best Seller list, and at # 9 on the Literature & Fiction List!

Pulp Cover # 6

Great 5 Star Review of GOLD DIGGER

Great 5 Star Review of GOLD DIGGER
Posted by Rog Archer on Tuesday, January 12, 2016


This very short lived series ran originally on CBS and was picked up by DuMont before being cancelled after 13 episodes. Surprisingly well done and unlike most shows of the era was filmed and doesn't just exist as kinescopes. Although some quality is lost by compression to YouTube this is taken from 16mm and should have more detail than most bargain basement versions floating around. Episode title is "Shoot The Works". This was filmed in 1949 but not broadcast until 1952... Enjoy!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Take a break with me and FRONT PAGE DETECTIVE - Little Black Book

Great Noir PI entertainment! They don't make shows like this anymore.

A 5 Star Review of The Triple Killing Caper!


Another Great Sam Hill Review! Awesome!
Posted by Rog Archer on Monday, January 11, 2016

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Dead Reckoning now # 4 on the Amazon Mystery Best Seller list

Enjoy a Film Noir with me! The Big Combo (1955)


You can get your hands on the latest SAM HILL short DEAD RECKONING # 13 in the Sam Hill Short Series FREE! Anytime! All the Time!

Dead Reckoning moving up The Hard-boiled Best Seller List!

Well, it was bound to happen! Rog Archer's short story Dead Reckoning (#21) has passed up my book Chase The Rabbit (#24). At least now he isn't pointing that damned gun in my direction!
Posted by Steven Thomas on Friday, January 8, 2016

This month's featured OTR: THE WHISTLER

For the month of January, our featured Old Time Radio Show spotlight is focused on, THE WHISTLER!

Enjoy this OTR show. These shows are often better than the modern shows on TV and audio books.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

A Review of DEAD RECKONING! 5 STARS!!!!!

Love it when folks share their reviews!
Posted by Rog Archer on Wednesday, January 6, 2016

You can now Subscribe to our Newsletter!

You can now subscribe to the HARD-BOILED NEWSLETTER. It's simple just punch in your email address in the box below or off to the side from anywhere on the site, and you can enjoy getting the latest News from Hard-boiled Books right to your email box! How GREAT is that!

Get the latest news about our books, and free giveaways, along with some choice posts from our blog. Catch an old time radio show or noir movie with us. It's Hard-Boiled Books for all your action and suspense entertainment delivered right to your mailbox. So sign up now! We won't sell your email address, it remains confidential and private, just the way we like things here!

Monday, January 4, 2016

The Sam Hill Kindle Short Series as written by the author in 2015 is now bound within 1 (that's One) volume for your enjoyment. Get all 12 (at current) Sam Hill shorts for less than $5.


Get your grubby paws on this Sweet, Hard-Boiled Gem from Hard-Boiled Books and R. Archer. It's another mishap adventure with that wise-cracking Private Eye, SAM HILL.