In both The death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs, and Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett, there is a present theme that environmental conditions have an impact on society as a whole and for the individual. In The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs describes specific characteristics of urban environments (streets, sidewalks, parks, population etc.) that have an impact on the well being of its’ inhabitants. In Red Harvest, Hammett uses his hard boiled style to narrate a story about how a detective (the Op) is converted form a ruthless but honest man into a rather corrupt person. This transformation was the result of the Ops desire to fit in with the corrupt environment that surrounded him by lying, cheating, and stealing in order to adapt to his environment (Personville) and accomplish his goal of eliminating the city’s crime.