Because it lacks the stylish voice of a hard-boiled detective noir, it sometimes feels coldly industrious.
They are poached instead of hard-boiled, boasting anti-heroes with nihilistic worldviews who are nevertheless vulnerable.
The course looked like a fine senior year coast through some hard-boiled paperbacks, certainly nothing life-changing.
Severe and uncompromising; strict and pugnacious; tough: The rather hard-boiled painting that hangs in Father's office
[1886+; fr hardboiled egg]