"I'm not sure whether or not anyone's ever figured out
precisely what the model for Hammett's "Personville" is, but
a lot of Hammett scholars think it's a fictionalized Butte,
Montana (which is a town Hammett mentions in the very first
sentence of the book)."
I don't know whether or not Personville was a stand-in for
Butte, Montana, Jim, but I sure hope so! My folks grew up in
Butte. It's always been a dumpy town - mining was the chief
industry for a gazillion years and you'll notice Hammett says
Personville has mining. My Dad has plenty of stories that
will cooborate the Poisonville moniker! One incident he even
took part in himself, regarding a crooked mayoral candidate.
I'm going to write that book someday! <G> --Brian
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