Hardboiled fiction: “Although deriving from romantic tradition… hardboiled fiction deviates from the tradition in the detective’s cynical attitude… conveyed through the detective’s self-talk describing to the reader… what he is doing and feeling. The genre’s typical protagonist is a detective who… witnesses the violence of… crime… while dealing with a legal system that has become as corrupt as… crime itself. Rendered cynical by this cycle of violence, the detectives of hardboiled fiction are classic antiheros.”
“Hardboiled” accurately describes detective Adam Twist, the protagonist of the novel Twist. Caught in the brutal, corrupt, survive-at-all-costs dystopian world of Wichita in the year 2075, he manages to maintain his ethics, empathy and compassion. The hardboiled detective lives by his code, founded on civilized human rules of law, justice, mercy, fairness and protection of the weak, even while surrounded by pre-human influences of vengeance and cruelty. You could say that he and his female ally, Kit, symbolize a parental unit, and along with the wayward girl, Dora, manifest the values of a family – cooperation, caring, and dare we say love?