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Collita roja (1929)

de Dashiell Hammett

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Sèrie: The Continental Op (1)

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The Continental Op investigates the killing of his client, the last honest citizen in an extremely corrupt town.
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This is the first of two novels featuring the Continental Op, a detective with the Continental Detective Agency in San Francisco (presumably modelled on the Pinkerton agency). He’s been sent to town to meet with Donald Willsson, the publisher of the main newspaper in Personville. However, this town is riddled with corruption, and Willsson is murdered while on his way to meet with the op. The op soon discovers, in his quest to solve the murder, that Personville’s nickname of Poisonville is well earned, and that digging up rocks to expose the creatures lurking below brings more death and destruction.

I liked this book well enough. The beginning felt a bit slow, but it picked up pace eventually, and I had to keep reading to find out what would happen. Lots of people die in this book, so don’t get too attached to anyone. One death made me gasp out loud in shock because I was not expecting it. I’d certainly be interested in reading the other Continental Op novel, The Dain Curse, and the short stories as well. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Apr 17, 2022 |
This subject is probably discussed at great scholarly length elsewhere (perhaps in Joshua Waletsky's 1999 documentary "Dashiell Hammett: Detective, Writer") but, at the moment, I'm not sure where, so I'll add my 2¢'s worth: "Red Harvest" is about a detective hired to 'clean up' a town who pits various gangsters against each other in the process & destabilizes the criminal community into a bloodbath, a Red Harvest. The detective becomes increasingly psychotic as he begins to enjoy the mayhem he catalyzes. NOW, Hammett was a Pinkerton. The Pinkertons were strike breakers & union busters - mercenaries for robber barons, capitalism's thugs. Hammett was a Pinkerton in the town where the Anaconda Copper Mining Company was busy exploiting workers, ruining the environment, & making huge wads'o'dough. An IWW (International Workers of the World) union rep came there to agitate for better conditions. He was murdered. What was Hammett's connection, if any, to all this? & did it inspire the writing of "Red Harvest"? Hammett later went to jail for refusing to snitch to HUAC (House Unamerican Affairs Committee). Hopefully, I haven't garbled this story too much. I'm writing these reviews mostly off the top of my head. ( )
  tENTATIVELY | Apr 3, 2022 |
Dashiell Hammett is considered to be the inventor of the ‘hard-boiled’ crime story and Red Harvest is certainly a fine example of this type of fiction. This is the first in his Continental Op series about a private detective who works for the Continental Detective Agency, a PI for hire who knows how to get the job done.

In this outing, the nameless Continental Op is in a city called Personville, nicknamed Poisonville, to consult with newspaper publisher, Donald Willsson about the possibility of cleaning this crime controlled city up but before he can meet with Willsson, the publisher is shot to death. After almost getting killed himself, he gains a new client, the publisher’s father who founded the city and has played close to the edge himself but now wants the gangs gone. The Continental Op sets to work in earnest by sowing dissension between the rival mobs and the corrupt police force and we learn that the name Red Harvest is apt as the book is riddled with gun play, murders and violence.

A little over the top and slightly dated, Red Harvest is still a fun read filled with thugs, molls and a tough-as-nails hero. Written in abrupt, spare prose, with plenty of violence to spice up the simple story, Red Harvest is a classic of it genre and is known to have influenced many writers such as Raymond Chandler and James Ellroy. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Mar 11, 2022 |
Bumper Crop of Blood

The Continental Op, it would appear, knows more than old Cicero when it comes to the notion that there is honor among thieves. As the Op clearly demonstrates and uses to good effect in cleaning up a Western mining town, among thieves there is no honor. There is, however, an unhealthy lust for revenge. And that’s what Red Harvest concerns itself with, turning one thief against the other to produce a monumental harvest of blood. Notes on the novel state that the publisher asked Hammett to remove some of the violence from the draft presented to them. Given the finished product, we can only imagine a body counter double or triple what’s in the finished novel, virtually a gun battle on every page after the Op gets going.

Donald Willsson, owner of the local newspaper, hires the Continental Detective Agency and it dispatches the Continental Op to Personville, known by the locals as Poisonville. Upon his arrival, he finds that Willsson has been murdered. He confronts Willsson’s father, Elihu, an industrialist who controls the town, or once did until mobsters carved the town into their own fiefdoms. The Op persuades the old man into a deal wherein he will clean up the place and restore control to the old man.

In short order, the Op hooks up with Dinah Brand, moll to Max “Whisper” Thaler, a gang leader with a speech problem. Quite the avaricious one, she exchanges information for money, thus allowing the Op to learn secrets of and hobnob with the various gang leaders, Max, of course, Pete the Finn, Lew Yard, Reno Starkey, and others. Pretty much every criminal has a colorful name. He gets more info by befriending the corrupt police chief, Noonan. While he solves the murder of Donald Willsson in fairly short order, he works assiduously at using the info he gathers on the various gangs and Noonan to turn each against the other. Once seeded, the harvest of blood comes in quickly and bountifully. It’s suggested you not get too attached to a character because he or she probably isn’t long for this world.

Hammett writes with great energy whit, and Twenties criminal argot that plants you firmly in the era. As for a moral, and for that matter morality, it might be, keep your thoughts to yourself and think of the slaughter as the price of defeating evil, that glorious goal outweighing all the carnage. ( )
  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
Bumper Crop of Blood

The Continental Op, it would appear, knows more than old Cicero when it comes to the notion that there is honor among thieves. As the Op clearly demonstrates and uses to good effect in cleaning up a Western mining town, among thieves there is no honor. There is, however, an unhealthy lust for revenge. And that’s what Red Harvest concerns itself with, turning one thief against the other to produce a monumental harvest of blood. Notes on the novel state that the publisher asked Hammett to remove some of the violence from the draft presented to them. Given the finished product, we can only imagine a body counter double or triple what’s in the finished novel, virtually a gun battle on every page after the Op gets going.

Donald Willsson, owner of the local newspaper, hires the Continental Detective Agency and it dispatches the Continental Op to Personville, known by the locals as Poisonville. Upon his arrival, he finds that Willsson has been murdered. He confronts Willsson’s father, Elihu, an industrialist who controls the town, or once did until mobsters carved the town into their own fiefdoms. The Op persuades the old man into a deal wherein he will clean up the place and restore control to the old man.

In short order, the Op hooks up with Dinah Brand, moll to Max “Whisper” Thaler, a gang leader with a speech problem. Quite the avaricious one, she exchanges information for money, thus allowing the Op to learn secrets of and hobnob with the various gang leaders, Max, of course, Pete the Finn, Lew Yard, Reno Starkey, and others. Pretty much every criminal has a colorful name. He gets more info by befriending the corrupt police chief, Noonan. While he solves the murder of Donald Willsson in fairly short order, he works assiduously at using the info he gathers on the various gangs and Noonan to turn each against the other. Once seeded, the harvest of blood comes in quickly and bountifully. It’s suggested you not get too attached to a character because he or she probably isn’t long for this world.

Hammett writes with great energy whit, and Twenties criminal argot that plants you firmly in the era. As for a moral, and for that matter morality, it might be, keep your thoughts to yourself and think of the slaughter as the price of defeating evil, that glorious goal outweighing all the carnage. ( )
  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
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Hammett, Dashiellautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
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