Im gonna break all of your requirements, but look into Max Allen Collins. He does some fantastic harboiled work. From his historical Nathan Heller novels and more modern Quarry series, nearly every thing he does is a blast.
Also look into Mickey Spillane the grandfather of the sock-em-in-the-jaw with a belt of whiskey PI books.
12. Wooden chests will break after 3 hits, destroying all the items inside and giving you rubbish. My strategy is to hit chests once to check for mimics (I don't know if they're in the game yet,) then be ready to roll backwards while opening the chest if there's a trap.
Is rubbish still tradeable to the crows like in DkS?
13. Weapon durability is a stat in the inventory screen. It is also represented by a small red "healthbar" under the item in the main gameplay scree.