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Red Harvest (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)

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Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"Dashiell Hammett is an original. He is a master of the detective novel, yes, but also one hell of a writer." Boston Globe

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679722618
Editor:
Stone, Jeff
Author:
Stone, Jeff
Author:
Hammett, Dashiell
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories
Subject:
Mystery & detective
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Private investigators
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Hard-boiled
Subject:
Private investigators -- United States -- Fiction.
Subject:
Continental Op
Subject:
Private investigators -- United States.
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Vintage Books ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Series Volume:
84-12
Publication Date:
19890731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.00x5.15x.60 in. .52 lbs.

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