Format Hardcover
Publication Date 01/15/10
ISBN 9781605980768
Trim Size / Pages 8.6 x 5.8 in / 240

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Hardboiled Hollywood

The True Crime Stories that Inspired the Great Noir Films

Max Décharné

An in-depth look at the inspiration behind the greatest crime films ever made.

Real-life bank robbers, twisted serial killers, and pulp novels have all helped shape the world of crime cinema. From Kiss Me Deadly, Bonnie & Clyde and Psycho, to The Godfather and L.A. Confidential, Max Decharne uncovers the little-known stories behind each of these classic films and more.

Thanks to Hollywood, failed bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are forever fixed in popular imagination. Middle-aged Wisconsin serial killer Ed Gein is now forever embodied in Anthony Perkin’s unforgettable portrayal of Norman Bates in Hitchcock’s Psycho. The true-life origins of these films are now revealed in Max Décharné’s revelatory volume—the stories perhaps more fascinating than even their Hollywood representations.

Max Décharné was born in England. He was a member of the band Gallon Drunk, and has been with his band The Flaming Stars since 1995. He lives in London and Berlin.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“Decharne renders an intriguing picture of the powerful place this art form has come to occupy in society and why. (The Financial Times)

Full of ‘unauthorized cash withdrawals’ and people dying of ‘lead poisoning,’ this tome thankfully eschews the pompous subtext and strained metaphors of most film books, leaving what any good detective wants: just the facts, ma’am. (The Guardian)

Anyone with an interest in hardboiled fiction needs this book on his shelf. (Time Out London)”