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Red Harvest Paperback – July 17, 1989
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"Dashiell Hammett is an original. He is a master of the detective novel, yes, but also one hell of a writer." -- Boston Globe
"Hammett's prose [is] clean and entirely unique. His characters [are] as sharply and economically defined as any in American fiction."
--The New York Times
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RED HARVEST is probably the Continental Op's best know adventure, pitting him against the forces of corruption and crime in a small town named Personville. The Op calls the burg "Poisonville" and the cast of villainous characters that he encounters and goes up against make the nickname quite apt.
If you've seen the movies "A Fistful of Dollars", "Last Man Standing", or "Yojimbo" then you have a general idea of what the tale is about. While none of these follows Hammett's intricate plot, the premise of a lone gunman outsmarting and out dueling the whole town is what the story is about. From the time that the Op breezes into town to talk with his client, whom is murdered before the Op can ever meet with him, till the end of the story, there is lots of violence, murder, double dealing and cynical observations by the narrating detective. While we never learn very much about the Op his driven and unswerving dedication to riding the town of any and all opponents takes on the role of obsession and vigilantism by the end of the novel, so much so that the Op himself even begins to have some doubts. Not enough to stop him from completing the job however.Read more ›
"Red Harvest"'s opening paragraph is one of the best hooks I've ever read in a novel. It's fantastic. We are sucked into the mind of our narrator, the unnamed Continental operative, and we want only to read more about this man of such blunt wit. The Continental Op has been called to a town named Personville by the owner of the town's newspaper, Donald Willsson. He doesn't know what the job is, but before he can find out, the client is murdered. So the first order of business is to solve the murder. In doing so, our detective discovers how Personville got its nickname, Poisonville. Everything and everyone in this town is corrupt.Read more ›
This book inspired three movies: Akira Kurosawa's "Yojimbo," the Clint Eastwood oater "A Fistful of Dollars," and the Bruce Willis prohibition era epic "Last Man Standing." I haven't seen "Yojimbo," but the Eastwood and Willis movies hardly compare to "Red Harvest" for complexity and character development. They accentuate the bloodshed and virtually ignore everything else.
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A lot of violence, with too many actors, the mystery a little hard to define, the main character did not have many attractive features, including his detective skills. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Victor W. Hurst III
One of my favorite mystery books of all time. No one writes them like Hammett! It is like peeling an onion. There are so many layers of mystery to this book!Published 9 days ago by sbradford
Hammett’s first novel, RED HARVEST immediately hits the reader as an instant classic and establishes the author as a master of the craft. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dash Manchette
Amazing and engaging , the story that set the premises for classic movies such as a fist full of dollars and many more. Highly recommendedPublished 1 month ago by Gideon Gyabaah
Very great book. You cannot go wrong reading the classics. These folks knew how to write a page turner.Published 2 months ago by Bernard L. Hawk
Reminds me how good really great hard-boiled detective writing can be!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Welcome to the birth of the modern private-eye genre. What kept you?
Red Harvest has been tremendously influential across all genres of fiction and film (watch Akira... Read more
C'mon. This is the book and the character that set the standard, that placed the bar high enough to matter.Published 3 months ago by Robert Masterson