Jane Jacobs examines the theme of corruption in The Death and Life of Great American Cities. The people at the top don't know or care what is occurring. The corruption showcased by Jacobs is environmental. The areas with lower maintenance and support are those areas with poor living conditions. Those streets have poor sidewalks, safety, buildings and governmental support. Like, Jacobs, Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest also exemplifies corruption. The Continental Op In Red Harvest tries to clean up corruption in the city while becoming corrupted in the process. The criminals in Red Harvest are those wealthy individuals with influence and power.The Op has very limited resources and it results with him lying, cheating and killing to achieve his objectives. The theme of corruption in Red Harvest is greatly seen in the bad characters with power, money and it leads to inequality and violence. There are no good people and the mob has all the power and money. Jacobs describes the environment to Hammett's problems.