Red Harvest (pub.1929) is Dashiell Hammett's first novel and features one of his two iconic characters, The Continental Op. It is a tale of corruption in a Montana mining town. Read it and you may conclude that the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Another Spillane. The Mike Hammer books are very harsh. I really liked the milder stories in the magazines better. (Kindle). very slow read. reviewer in another site said too predictable, and Hammer was dumb in this book. I agree