Re: RARA-AVIS: Last Hammett Red Harvest Day

Date: 31 Jan 2000

    I agree with Doug's "Blood Simple" observations. The Op in this situation pushes the killing not merely to "carry out his assignment" but to revel in it. He's tasted blood and he's enjoying it until it, and his conscience catches up with him.
    Also, I can't read this book without marveling at what Hammett was doing here. He had no hard-boiled tradition to play off of, and he had so few points of reference. It's a wonderment and I'm glad it was my first reading list book after coming onto rara-avis. I hadn't read Red Harvest in more than 40 years. Thanks for taking me back.

                                    Jim Blue

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