publication date: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 (part of Fall 2011)

category: Literature

clue: The master of hard-boiled detective fiction eventually grew as thin as the title of one of his most famous works.

explanation: Hammett wrote The Thin Man and other major early works of the genre. more…

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, Justin Woods, Joanna Woods, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Erik Bates, Ryan Dunn, and Sarah Kyle

Goo Noir: Hard-boiled detective fiction inspired some of Hollywood's darkest films in the 1940s and 50s. These writers and stars epitomized the genre that dwelled in the shadows of the human soul.

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