Re: RARA-AVIS: Red Harvest

From: Patrick King (
Date: 12 Sep 2009

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    wow. by 'favorite crime novel' i take it you mean you prefer it not only to 'falcon' but to all chandler, cain and all other mysteries, noirs, etc. that's saying a lot.

    i started it but never finished it. not saying i didn't like it tho. matter of circumstances.


    Yeah, favorite seems strong to me, too. RED HARVEST is an excellent first effort. In it we see many elements that Hammett develops in his masterpieces: Political cowards, children who reject that parents' values, powerful men who are prisoners of their position, gangsters who have redeeming qualities, immoral women with wisdom and cunning, police officials who make up the rules as they go. But none of these in RED HARVEST are worked up to the extent they will be in THE GLASS KEY, THE THIN MAN, & THE MALTESE FALCON. To me RED HARVEST is almost a sketch of things to come.

    Patrick King


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