publication date: Thursday, October 6, 2011 (part of Fall 2011)
clue: He started writing so late that it's strange to remember him for his extended farewell.
explanation: Chandler, who started his writing career in mid-life, wrote The Long Goodbye and other important mysteries. more…
solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Justin Woods, Richard Slominsky, Joanna Woods, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, and Erik Bates
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.