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Hardboiled Paperback Covers

Great cover art from paperbacks of the 30s, 40s, & 50s.

Below and on the following pages are scans of covers from my collection of hardboiled mystery and detective paperbacks. I think you'll agree that many of them are little painted masterpieces, capturing perfectly the atmosphere of the novels themselves. We'll begin with a couple more covers from novels by Dashiell Hammett, followed by some great but lesser-known titles from the early days of the genre.

Red Harvest, by Dashiell Hammett

The Dain Curse, by Dashiell Hammett

Dig Me a Grave, by John Spain

You Play the Black and the Red Comes Up, by Richard Hallas

Fast One, by Paul Cain

Brain Guy, by Benjamin Appel