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Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett
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Jan 11, 2010

Read in January, 2010

Detective stories are not exactly my first choice when picking a book to read, but my roommate gave me this and told me it was good. Dashiell Hammett also wrote The Maltese Falcon, so he's got some street cred, too.
A detective is brought to Personville ("Poisonville") to investigate something, but his employer is killed before he can find out what. He ends up hired by another interested party to clean up the town, which is rife with gangsters and gamblers and rum runners and generally dirty people. I think I'm not ruining the story when I say that, by the time our detective leaves, the town is under martial law. Some people are inclined to interpret it as actually being about Communism, which may be true but it doesn't get in the way of the story. The title encourages this reading, but it more directly refers to the fact that freaking everybody gets killed.
So yeah, it was good, and a fast read, too. I have now been given more Hammett and also some Raymond Chandler to read as well.

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