Throughout both Jane Jacobs and Dashiell Hammett's work you will see a strong theme of failure. Although one is a work of fiction and the other a work of non-fiction, it is not hard to witness the failure that occurs and the consequences that are derived from it. Jacobs advocates for a better way of life and Red Harvest presents us with an entire story based on the corruption of one town that ultimately leads to the failure of his mission. Both authors demonstrate the consequences that occur because of their different failures in trying to do the right thing.Their writing styles are obviously different Jacobs in The Life and Death of Great American Cities exemplifies the failure we find in cities, specifically neighborhoods, due to the fear of failure, by city planners and those that advocate for change in areas that have already been predetermined to fail. In Red Harvest you see a different type of failure, mainly because the Continental Op must perform his job in a way that he would normally deem unsatisfactory. Both authors were specific in their beliefs and ideas. They had hope for how things ought to be done to work in a proper manner. However, even with the Continental Op trying to clean up the corruption and failure and Jacobs advocating for a better tomorrow without these things, further negative consequences are derived in the form of crime, destruction and devastation, violence, lack of safety and manipulation.