Money and greed are powerful forces that become corrupting influences on people and their environment. As money is seen to equal power, the wealthy people therefore is seen to have more power, giving them more authority over the poor. This creates a separation int he different socio-economic classes, which ultimately creates inequality in a community. Because of this, greed comes into play, causing chaos as violence erupts in order for a person to obtain what they want. Corruption is seen as those who have higher authority are able to abuse their power and get away with it. In Jacob's novel, The Death and Life of Great AmericanCities, and Hammet's novel, Red Harvest, both books depicts how money, greed, and power correlate together to create a corrupted society.