Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-210) and index.
Acknowledgments; Introduction; Part I: Reconstructing Readers; 1. The Hard-Boiled Writer and the literary Marketplace; 2. The Adman on the Shop Floor: Workers, Consumer Culture, and the Pulps; Part II : Reading Hard-Boiled Fiction; 3. Proletarian Plots; 4. Dressed to Kill; 5. Talking Tough; 6. The Office Wife; Afterword; Notes; Index.
An examination of the culture that produced and supported pulp-fiction.