Red Harvest (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 29, 2010 - Fiction - 224 pages
9 Reviews
When the last honest citizen of Poisonville was murdered, the Continental Op stayed on to punish the guilty--even if that meant taking on an entire town. Red Harvest is more than a superb crime novel: it is a classic exploration of corruption and violence in the American grain.


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Review: Red Harvest (The Continental Op #1)

User Review  - Glenn Russell - Goodreads

Published in 1929, 'Red Harvest' is the first of five classic novels written by Dashiell Hammett, inventor of the 'hard-boiled' school of fiction. Since there are dozens of reviews already posted here ... Read full review

Review: Red Harvest (The Continental Op #1)

User Review  - James Newman - Goodreads

If push came to shove and I had to name the best hard-boiled pulp detective novel ever written by any man or woman or beast (novels I have read, you know, a few may have slipped by)I would stand up ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
21
Section 2
31
Section 3
41
Section 4
49
Section 5
65
Section 6
70
Section 7
86
Section 8
94
Section 11
125
Section 12
131
Section 13
141
Section 14
146
Section 15
153
Section 16
169
Section 17
195
Section 18
200

Section 9
109
Section 10
116
Section 19
208
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About the author (2010)

Dashiell Samuel Hammett was born in St. Mary’s County. He grew up in Philadelphia and Baltimore. Hammett left school at the age of fourteen and held several kinds of jobs thereafter—messenger boy, newsboy, clerk, operator, and stevedore, finally becoming an operative for Pinkerton’s Detective Agency. Sleuthing suited young Hammett, but World War I intervened, interrupting his work and injuring his health. When Sergeant Hammett was discharged from the last of several hospitals, he resumed detective work. He soon turned to writing, and in the late 1920s Hammett became the unquestioned master of detective-story fiction in America. In The Maltese Falcon (1930) he first introduced his famous private eye, Sam Spade. The Thin Man (1932) offered another immortal sleuth, Nick Charles. Red Harvest (1929), The Dain Curse (1929), and The Glass Key (1931) are among his most successful novels. During World War II, Hammett again served as sergeant in the Army, this time for more than two years, most of which he spent in the Aleutians. Hammett’s later life was marked in part by ill health, alcoholism, a period of imprisonment related to his alleged membership in the Communist Party, and by his long-time companion, the author Lillian Hellman, with whom he had a very volatile relationship. His attempt at autobiographical fiction survives in the story “Tulip,” which is contained in the posthumous collection The Big Knockover (1966, edited by Lillian Hellman). Another volume of his stories, The Continental Op (1974, edited by Stephen Marcus), introduced the final Hammett character: the “Op,” a nameless detective (or “operative”) who displays little of his personality, making him a classic tough guy in the hard-boiled mold—a bit like Hammett himself.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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