Red Harvest Dashiell Hammett (First edition)

“I haven’t laughed so much over anything since the hogs ate my kid brother.”
Dashiell Hammett, Red Harvest

1929 on the title page and copyright page, and no later printings mentioned. Publisher’s red cloth, with diamond pattern to spine, and skull and crossbones to cover. No dust jacket.

Prolific mystery and detective fiction author Dashiell Hammett began his celebrated career with his novel Red Harvest. Although his very first published work occurred in a 1922 issue of the magazine The Smart Set, his first enduring work was the novel Red Harvest. Red Harvest was originally published in four serialized installments in the pulp magazine Black Mask from November 1927 – February 1928. Hammett created many memorable characters such as Continental Op from Red Harvest and Sam Spade from The Maltese Falcon. Much of Hammett’s work was influenced by his time spent as a Pinkerton operative, a detective agency, and security contractor that was best known for being Abraham Lincoln’s first line of personal defense during the Civil War, as well as his service in the United States Army during WWII.

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