Definition of term:: Hard-boiled

  • Fiction, usually detective fiction, marked by a gritty, pessimistic, and tough-as-nails world view. Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon would be the cornerstone of any hard-boiled mystery collection.
French: Hard-boiled
Source: What bookdealers really mean. A dictionary by Tom Congalton and Dan Gregory (Between the Covers), with additions from other sources