Carroll John Daly  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Carroll John Daly (1889 – January 16, 1958) was a writer of crime fiction. He has been credited with creating the first hard-boiled detective story in 1923, predating the debut of Dashiell Hammett's Continental Op character by several months. During that era, he was considered the leader of the naturalistic school of crime writers. Daly's private detective Race Williams was a rough and ready character with a sharp tongue, and established the model for many later acerbic private eyes.


  • The White Circle (1926)
  • The Snarl of the Beast (1927)
  • Man in the Shadows (1928)
  • The Hidden Hand (1929)
  • The Tag Murders (1930)
  • Tainted Power (1931)
  • The Third Murderer (1931)
  • The Amateur Murderer (1933)
  • Murder Won’t Wait (1933)
  • Murder from the East (1935)
  • Mr. Strang (1936)
  • The Mystery of the Smoking Gun (1936)
  • The Emperor of Evil (1937)
  • Murder at Our House (1950)
  • Ready to Burn (1951)

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