Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett

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The story is narrated by The Continental Op, a frequent character in Hammett's fiction. Hammett based the story on his own experiences in Butte, Montana as a Pinkerton agent.The Continental Op is called to Personville (known as "Poisonville" to the locals) by Donald Willsson, who is murdered before the Op has a chance to meet with him. The Op begins work on the murder and meets with Willsson's father, Elihu, a local industrialist who has found his control of the city threatened by several competing gangs he himself had originally invited into his city to "resolve" a labor dispute.

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The 996th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 23rd on 100 Best Novels in English Since 1900 (Counterpunch)
  2. - 61st on 20th Century's Greatest Hits: 100 English-Language Books of Fiction (Larry McCaffery)
  3. - TIME Magazine All Time 100 Novels (TIME Magazine)

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