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 than a superb crime novel it is a classic exploration of corruption and violence in the American grain.
Red Harvest 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 than a superb crime novel it is a
I ll give you three good reasons from least to most why you should read Red Harvest 1 it made possible the fine Leone film A Fistful of Dollars, 2 it inspired the Kurosawa masterpiece Iojimbo which influenced A Fistful of Dollars, and 3 it is an old school hard boiled, hardcore novel, with a detective as tough as Spade, Marlowe and Hammer put together, written in hard as nails prose, and set in a small West Coast city, a city with a heart of stone.The City is Personville, and people call it Pois [...]
Question How to induce a gushing, mind blowing noirgasm Answer Have your amoral, no nonsense, no name main character bust out with slick, cool dripping phrases like I poured out a couple of hookers of gin while She went into the kitchen for another siphon and ice.Friends, if there s a unit of measurement loaded with juicy, quintessential noirness than a hooker of gin, please let me know because I spent my entire happy wad when I read that No offense to fans of Raymond Chandler who I think is t [...]
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, I will take a different slant, citing how quotes from nineteenth century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche apply to the novel s unnamed main character narrator, a man simply known as Continental Op and the city where the novel is located, Personville aka Poisonville, a dingy mining city of 40,000 [...]
The review is updated on May 9, 2016.A group read with a bunch of Pantaloonless Buddies.Welcome to Poisonville I mean Personville, population 40,000 The local policemen are very friendly and truly enjoy doing their job The first policeman I saw needed a shave The second had a couple of buttons off his shabby uniform The third stood in the center of the city s main intersection Broadway and Union Street directed traffic, with a cigar in one corner of his mouth After that I stopped checking them u [...]
An operative from the Continental Detective Agency is summoned to Personville a k a Poisonville by a crusading newspaper publisher, but the man is murdered before the Continental Op can meet with him The Op quickly learns that Poisonville has a crime problem that would make Gotham City seem like Topeka by comparison After getting a look at its seedy underbelly the Op browbeats the dead publisher s wealthy father into paying him to clean up the town even though he s a big part of the problem.The [...]
Discovering pulp fiction now, right now, is a bit like finding a lost treasure You are unearthing something that will entertain, enlighten, amuse, horrify, mangle, jangle, keep you riveted Decades after they were written, these stories still manage to have an edge Harlan CobenI m in heaven Well, maybe not literally but certainly in a literary sense I ve discovered pulp fiction I am excited Deliriously so I ve secured a couple of telephone directory sized compendiums of hardboiled and pulp noir T [...]
Originally published in 1929, Red Harvest is a classic crime novel that helped established the hard boiled genre This is most definitely not a polite, parlor mystery where most of the blood is spilled off of the page As the title suggests, this book is filled with mayhem and the bodies are falling left and right.The main protagonist is the Continental Op, who doesn t remotely resemble the genteel Hercule Poirot or any of the other fictional detectives who were so popular in the 1920s The Op is c [...]
664 Red Harvest, Dashiell HammettRed Harvest 1929 is a novel by Dashiell Hammett The story is narrated by The Continental Op, a frequent character in Hammett s fiction, much of which is drawn from his own experiences as an operative of the Pinkerton Detective Agency fictionalized as the Continental Detective Agency The labor dispute in the novel was inspired by Butte s Anaconda Road Massacre 2004 1381 264 9646728219 1389 327 3 9789645638623 20
9 10 What s the rumpus Don Willson s gone to sit on the right hand of God, if God don t mind looking at bullet holes Who shot him Somebody with a gun Donald Willson may have been the last straight man in the city of Personville, better known as Poisonville a midwestern industrial town overrun by criminal gangs during the Prohibition Editor of the local paper, Don has called on The Continental Op the unnamed hero of the novel, a private eye employed by the Continental Detective Agency to help him [...]
Red Harvest opens when an unnamed detective known only as, The Continental Op is called in by small town newspaper publisher to investigate local corruption The Op arrives in the ugly little mountain town, known locally as Poisonville due to the extensive mining pollution or vast criminal element, take your pick , only to discover his client has been murdered, before their meeting can occur Rather than turning tail back to San Fran, our fearless detective decides to follow through with his inves [...]
You re drunk, and I m drunk, and I m just exactly drunk enough to tell you anything you want to know That s the kind of girl I am If I like a person, I ll tell them anything they want to know Just ask me Go ahead, ask me A quick and impressive read, especially for the time it was written Hammett s Continental Op is obviously the basis for everything that would come in the hard boiled noir genre and for that alone it deserves all the praise it gets But it s not just the character and the style th [...]
No, this book isn t about farming in communist Russia.The Continental Op travels to Personville, USA following an invite from the editor of the local newspaper, but upon the Op s arrival, he finds out that his host had been gunned down in cold blood Just another day in Poisonville When Personville s most powerful man enlists the help of the Op by floating a cool ten grand his way, the Op puts forth a plan to clean up the town once and for all.The plot of Red Harvest although simple and straightf [...]
2.5 3 stars I hope Dan and Kemper don t throw me out of the noir club before I even get in I feel as though I ought to have liked _Red Harvest_ than I did After all it was written by Dashiell Hammett, one of the fathers of noir fiction perhaps famous for The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man and, like many of his books, became the source for numerous often excellent film adaptations It has an interestingly conflicted protagonist and is chock full of killing, double crosses, deception, and shoot [...]
My second in this genre called noir and I loved it To like this genre one needs to develop an acquired taste because it is something that is very distinct and could be alienating if you just delve into it without opening your mind.The setting is dark and the characters prospect for happiness is almost nil According to Wiki, Hammett himself worked as an investigator for the Pinkerton s Detective Agency and he was therefore able to bring strong sense of realism to his milieu and to the character o [...]
My second time reading this and i saw things i missed the first time Some nuances of the characters,dialouge,the authors world view I dont re read ever but i should re read this every two years when i forgot little of the mystery,the work The OP is doing in Posionville.This novel is a true literary Masterwork that makes you understand why Hammett has the reputation he has in mainstream American Literature let alone in crime,noir fiction.It is a great,fun,bleak hardboiled PI story Also Hammett s [...]
Who shot him Somebody with a gun But everybody has a gun in Dashiell Hammet s first novel 1929 This is one of the most action packed books I ve ever read, 200 some pages of black cars skidding around corners with gangsters hanging out of them spraying bullets everywhere.Hammett s weirdly chaste, unnamed protagonist arrives in Personville bringing absolute bloody havoc with him, for reasons even he s not completely clear on He s not much of a hero a fat, middle aged, hard boiled, pig headed guy b [...]
I ve always been the dissenting opinion on this one Yeah, it was influential, but since Hammett himself was copying John Carroll Daly s new hardboiled style, maybe we should give him a bit of the credit Cynical and definitely hardboiled, Hammett s Red Harvest is missing the one ingredient which might have made it work for me Raymond Chandler Compare this to Raymond Chandler s first novel, The Big Sleep Both novels have elements cannibalized from their respective pulp stories, both have bodies dr [...]
A perfect rejoinder for whenever you are next accosted by some bothersome elderly person prattling on about how things used to be so much nicer e.g books, movies, chuckle the world Little than ten years shy of being a hundred, this pulp classic is as volatile a read now as it was when it first spilled ink across the pages of Black Mask As Andr Gide put it, a remarkable achievement, the last word in atrocity, cynicism, and horror Last word Well, maybe not But this rollicking private eye yarn is [...]
I did not enjoy this book as much as I thought I would I felt the plot was contrived at times I mean, how many betrayals do we need in a story before it becomes commonplace The characters felt cartoonish the femme fatale was just too much of a cliche It did not have the finesse of a Chandler s story, that s for sure Just three stars.
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Red Harvest was originally published starting in 1927 as a 4 part serial Presumably because there was some rule about not printing over a certain number of murders in a single magazine This is classic hardboiled noir from the author that also gave us The Maltese Falcon It s all cigar smoke, whiskey, wit, and death This is a book where if I didn t tell you it was noir, you would still be hearing the voice of Humphrey Bogart as your inner voice by the second chapter The plot is complicated, so don [...]
I read a review of Red Harvest recently and decided I wanted to read this 1929 book by Dashiell Hammett, an author whose name is very familiar to me but whom I have not managed to read other than The Maltese Falcon a very long time ago So I bought a used copy online and have actually decided to read it right away at the end of the year rather than putting it on a shelf to gather dust and get lost In fact, this book is the 100th book of my successful 2013 GR reading challenge so a small celebrati [...]
I didn t think it was possible that Dashiell Hammett could ever top the the coolness of the Maltese Falcon but I think I like Red Harvest even The nameless Continental Op arrives in Personville, better known to the locals as Poisonville, and the body count starts rising and doesn t stop until the end The Op is a classic noir character and is nowhere close to a good guy, However, he is a supreme badass and I loved reading about him If you like noir fiction, this may be the tops.
In each fictional genre, war, romance, western, mystery, etc there are usually a few books which that genre s fans near unanimously consider to be holy sacred icons, landmarks, milestones In any genre s canon there are sometimes only as few as 2 3 of the very most revered relics invoking the greatest and most unqualified renown among fans or though it happens rarely even just one This is the case when it comes to hard boiled American pulp crime fiction from the 1930s this is the case when it com [...]
I keep vacillating from three to four stars on this I recently finished The Maltese Falcon, which I loved, and quite a few people told me that if I loved Maltese Falcon I will love Red Harvest I simply liked this one Maltese Falcon was a tight mystery with a gritty but likable protagonist Sam Spade sparring with a few other well written character with some of the tightest dialogue this side of Shakespeare Red Harvest had too many characters, too many jerky sub plots, too many red herrings and a [...]
I d like to start by saying that is the first of the classic hard boiled detective novels I ve read, so I don t have much of a touchstone for if this is a good example, or a good starting place, or what The genre appeals to me, but without anything to compare, it s hard for me to know how this measures up to other books of a similar nature.Red Harvest is the tale of Personville, known to the locals as Poisonville, and The Continental Op as he s known in the Hammett world, he never gives a name i [...]
Don Willsson ha ido a sentarse a la derecha de Dios, a menos que a Dios le preocupen los agujeros de bala Qui n le ha matado pregunt.El hombre gris se rasc la cabeza y dijo Alguien con una pistola Cosecha Roja es el esqueleto desnudo de una novela escueto, limpio, n tido, sin abalorios ni florituras Un ejercicio de sobriedad, efectismo, sarcasmo y mala leche, salpicado de di logos y episodios memorables, con una trama cinematogr fica endiabladamente enrevesada, esperp ntica, desquiciada hasta el [...]
If all of Hammett s characters in every novel has a sameness to them, then it is in the context of Theme and Variations.The tough dame is the same but her name is different as are her words and the dark adventure she participates in Her name in Red Harvest is Dinah Brand She is an able seductress who knows how to get money out of just about everyone The men know it and love her irresistibly anyway She may be alluring, but she s also big and tough and not above slapping men around.The hard boiled [...]
Con Raccolto rosso ho ricevuto un ottimo consiglio ed una splendida sorpresa Hammett immerge il lettore in un mondo hard boiled in cui chi fa da protagonista il sangue, piuttosto che gli attori che si muovono in una gigantesca scacchiera inseguendo la vita e sfuggendo alla morte peraltro spesso senza successo insieme al piombo in un anonima cittadina provinciale americana.Ritmo sferzante, trama ricca di dettagli e svolte ma non puntigliosa, descrizioni volte alla sottolineatura dello squallore, [...]
I still don t have the least idea what s going in Dashiell Hammett s books, but I m definitely along for the ride I don t know what it is about these noir detectives and their poor damaged livers, but I always get hooked and start wondering whether I have any alcohol stronger than cider around, just to get into the spirit of it I tried figuring out The Thin Man, earlier, but in Red Harvest I just sat back and went along with the ride Hammett the narrator just don t give you enough information to [...]