Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett
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.
The 996th greatest fiction book of all time
This book is on the following lists:
- - 23rd on 100 Best Novels in English Since 1900 (Counterpunch)
- - 61st on 20th Century's Greatest Hits: 100 English-Language Books of Fiction (Larry McCaffery)
- - TIME Magazine All Time 100 Novels (TIME Magazine)