B.C. Deeks's Reviews > Dashiell Hammett: Five Complete Novels: Red Harvest, The Dain Curse, The Maltese Falcon, The Glass Key, and The Thin Man

Dashiell Hammett by Dashiell Hammett
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it was amazing
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Reading for the 2nd time. Most recently started January 3, 2019.

The first story in this Dashiell Hammett collection, RED HARVEST, has lost nothing in the years since it was first published in the late 1920s! This is a hard-boiled, noir detective novel with gritty plot, tight prose and classic gangster characters like 'Whisper', Mickey, Lew Yard and the femme fatale who falls somewhere between dangerous bombshell and lost soul. The plot is also classic: a town Bigshot brings in gangsters to squash The People and ends up control of his town to those gangsters. The Anti-hero/narrator, an unnamed hardboiled detective is brought in the clean up the town and mayhem ensues.
Hammett is a master and weaves in more double and triple crosses than you can shoot down with a machine gun. The darkness of the theme and tough talk is not created with easy swear words or graphic blood, guts and gore; and there are no sex scenes. Yet the pace and tension are knuckle gnawing. Bodies drop like Fall leaves, but it's the dialogue that is to die for...pun intended...although at times it is a little hard to understand; Hammett has created almost a dialect in places. As the story progresses the line between the good guys and the bad guys gets really murky which is what makes this story as current today as it was back in the roaring '20s.

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Reading Progress

Finished Reading
January 3, 2019 – Started Reading
January 4, 2019 – Shelved
January 4, 2019 –
page 91
January 5, 2019 –
page 142
November 8, 2019 –
page 142

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