RARA-AVIS: Invented cities/Darkness take my hand

From: George Pelecanos ( shoedog1@erols.com)
Date: 09 Nov 2001

This talk about invented cities and RED HARVEST brings to mind James Grady's STEELTOWN, which not only takes place in an "invented" city but is an acknowledged homage to HARVEST. Good book in a good body of work. Grady wanted to call the book STEALTOWN (note the change in the fourth letter), but his publisher fought him on it and won. Either the suits were not smart enough or they thought the public was not smart enough to get it. Interestingly, Grady grew up in small-town Montana, in a place not unlike the fictional town of Personville, likened to Butte. In the new Hammett memoir, written by his daughter Jo, the author discusses her father's history as a Pinkerton man on assignment in Montana, an experience he drew from when writing HARVEST.

George Pelecanos

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