RED HARVEST. Dashiell Hammett.


New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1929. Octavo, pp. [1-12] [1-3] 4-270 [271: publisher's data] [272-276: blank] original red cloth, front stamped in yellow and black, spine stamped in yellow and black. First edition. Author's first novel, featuring his Continental Op character, one of the earliest and most important contributions to the establishment of the hard boiled detective. "Taken as a whole, and chronologically, the novels may be seen to speculate on the way a man should deal with disorder, on the things to which he should give his allegiance. In Red Harvest, the Continental Op is motivated by what appears to be a work ethic. He finds Personville corrupt and he cleans it up for no better reason than it's his job..." - St. James Guide to Crime & Mystery Writers (Fourth Edition), pp. 478-79. Layman A1.1.a. Previous owner name in ink to front free endpaper, small light stains to margins of first several text pages, some rubs and a small stain to rear cover, a very good or somewhat better copy. No dust jacket. (19129). Item #19129

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