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War NoirRaymond Chandler and the Hard-Boiled Detective as Veteran in American Fiction$
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Sarah Trott

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496808646

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496808646.001.0001

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Aftermath: Chandler’s Legacy

Aftermath: Chandler’s Legacy

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(p.179) 7 Aftermath: Chandler’s Legacy
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War Noir
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Sarah Trott

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496808646.003.0007

The final chapter will consider how Chandler’s novels have created a lasting legacy in contemporary fiction. The Vietnam War and the revival of the “traditional” hard-boiled detective during the 1970s signalled a considerable change in the image of the detective and the crime genre in general. In the aftermath of Vietnam, renewed interest in Chandler’s novels, from writers like James Crumely, brought with it a revival of the character of the veteran detective, with contemporary writers taking Chandler and Marlowe as their models.

Keywords:   Raymond Chandler, Vietnam War, James Crumley, Hard-boiled, Philip Marlowe

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