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When the last honest citizen of Poisonville was murdered, the Continental Op stayed on to punish the guilty--even if that meant taking on an entire town. Red Harvest is more than a superb crime novel: it is a classic exploration of corruption and violence in the American grain.

Eredeti megjelenés éve: 1929

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Vintage, London, 1989
216 oldal · ISBN: 9780679722618
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Vintage, London, 1989
200 oldal · ISBN: 9780394718286

Enciklopédia 3

Szereplők népszerűség szerint

Continental Op · Dinah Brand


Várólistára tette 3


Kiemelt értékelések

mandris>!
Dashiell Hammett: Red Harvest

Hammett állítólag saját magánnyomozói tapasztalatai alapján írta meg ezt a könyvet, mely szintén a hardboiled krimi egyik klasszikusa. Amennyire meg tudom ítélni, méltán.
Ez nem Sherlock Holmes történet, sem pedig Agatha Christie. Itt nincsenek bonyolult indítékok, és a nyomozó sem csak a kis szürke agysejtjeire támaszkodik. Nem is az intellektuális kihívás kedvéért dolgozik, hanem ropogós dollárokért.
Indítéknak általában megteszi némi pénz, vagy a jó öreg bosszú. Itt kőkemény érdekek vannak, mégpedig elsősorban az életben maradás. Általában a sérelmeknek sincs idejük régikké válni. Ahogy annak idején az Oscarban mondták: „Csapj le, mielőtt felebarátod lecsap.” Szövetségek alakulnak és bomlanak fel egy szempillantás alatt, ha kell (már ha egyáltalán beszélhetünk szövetségekről). Egymás hátba szúrása rendszeres esti program. A halottak száma pedig soha nem látott magasságokba szökik. spoiler
A kulisszákat pedig mindehhez egy lepukkant bányászváros adja, a szereplők pedig kemény férfiak, gengszterek, nyomozók, korrupt rendőrök és skrupulusoktól mentes üzletemberek, és persze vonzó nők, akik legalább annyira veszélyesek, és legalább akkora veszélyben is vannak. Plusz cigi, pia, fegyverek, plusz ezúttal még némi laudanum is.
(Állítólag ez az egyik forrása Kurosawa Yojimbo című filmjének, és így közvetve az Egy maréknyi dollárértnak.)


Népszerű idézetek

mandris>!

I poked his jaw, leaning my hundred and ninety pounds on the poke.
He got his legs crossed and went down.

Kapcsolódó szócikkek: Continental Op
mandris>!

„I may say, in all justice, that you will find it the invariable part of sound judgment to follow the dictates of my counsel in all cases. I may say this, my dear sir, without false modesty, appreciating with both fitting humility and a deep sense of true and lasting values, my responsibilities as well as my prerogatives as a--and why should I stoop to conceal the fact that there are those who feel justified in preferring to substitute the definite article for the indefinite?--recognized and accepted leader of the bar in this thriving state.”

He knew a lot of sentences like those, and he didn't mind using them on me. Finally he got along to:

„Thus, that conduct which in a minor practitioner might seem irregular, becomes, when he who exercises it occupies such indisputable prominence in his community--and, I might say, not merely the immediate community--as serves to place him above fear of reproach, simply that greater ethic which scorns the pettier conventionalities when confronted with an opportunity to serve mankind through one of its individual representatives. Therefore, my dear sir, I have not hesitated to brush aside scornfully all trivial considerations of accepted precedent, to summon you, to say to you frankly and candidly, my dear sir, that your interests will best be served by and through retaining me as your legal representative.”

I asked:
„What'll it cost?”

„That,” he said loftily, „is of but secondary importance. However, it is a detail which has its deserved place in our relationship, and must be not overlooked or neglected. We shall say, a thousand dollars now. Later, no doubt--”

He ruffled his whiskers and didn't finish the sentence.

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mandris>!

I first heard Personville called Poisonville by a red-haired mucker named Hickey Dewey in the Big Ship in Butte. He also called his shirt a shoit. I didn't think anything of what he had done to the city's name. Later I heard men who could manage their r's give it the same pronunciation. I still didn't see anything in it but the meaningless sort of humor that used to make richardsnary the thieves' word for dictionary. A few years later I went to Personville and learned better.

(első mondat)

Kapcsolódó szócikkek: Continental Op
mandris>!

The Old Man was the manager of the Continental's San Francisco branch. He was also known as Pontius Pilate, because he smiled pleasantly when he sent us out to be crucified on suicidal jobs. He was a gentle, polite, elderly person with no more warmth in him than a hangman's rope. The Agency wits said he could spit icicles in July.

Kapcsolódó szócikkek: Poncius Pilátus
mandris>!

Who shot him? I asked.
The grey man scratched the back of his neck and said: Somebody with a gun.

mandris>!

So that's the way you scientific detectives work. My god! for a fat, middle-aged, hard-boiled, pig-headed guy, you've got the vaguest way of doing things I ever heard of.

Kapcsolódó szócikkek: Dinah Brand
mandris>!

Be still while I get up or I'll make an opening in your head for brains to leak in.

Kapcsolódó szócikkek: Continental Op

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