Edition language: English
, 20th Century
, Mystery Thriller
, Hard Boiled
Series: The Continental Op (#1)
Original Review, 1981-03-05)Perhaps my deep, identity creating, connections to Germany has made me more open to their critical ideas, and to the effect those ideas have had in the US for the last 50 years. I don't always agree with them but I enjoy them. And as a disclaimer I often have NO idea what...
Featuring the nameless detective the “Continental Op” the lead in Red Harvest lay the foundation for the hardboiled detective archetype. The Op is hired by a newspaper magnet’s son and forced into action immediately upon arrival in Poisonville, a mining town in Montana, when he learns his client has...
The book is well named. You know you're in for a blood bath when one of the chapters is titled, "The Seventeenth Murder." With the climax still to go.But it isn't gratuitous. It's the point. Violence, Hammett is saying, is the only way to clean up a corrupt, crime-ridden town--and even at that, it's...
I'm just a huge Hammett fan. This one is particularly bleak, and the protagonist is even more closed off than Spade, but it's still a work of absolute genius. Noirer than noir, baby. And the style is utterly gripping, clean and sharp and cruel as a blade.
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_ more than I did. After all it was written by Dashiell Hammett, one of the fathers of noir fiction (perhaps more famous for The Maltese Falcon and The Th...