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.
The opening of Red Harvest, written in 1929 and the inspiration behind Yojimbo, A Fistful of Dollars, Miller’s Crossing, and Last Man Standing whereby a man arrives in a town plagued by two warring factions and plays one off against the other as the body count racks up.
I first read this story in my early 20s in university, and loved it. I re-read it a few years later and still enjoyed it as much. Then I read it again early this summer and was rather sorry it wasn’t as good as I remembered it. Age, I guess. It’s still a good book though, and from one of my favourite authors.