In 1977 Don Herron began leading The Dashiell Hammett Tour, now the longest-running literary tour in the nation. On this site you’ll find information on current walks — dates, where to meet, arranging tours by appointment — plus a hard-boiled blog with news, reviews of books and film, and a dash of noir.
The latest and greatest edition to self-guide you up and down the mean streets.
Willeford: The Book
Includes the first “Mr. Hunt” story, “Knives in the Dark.”
Monthly Archives: July 2011
When I headed out for the tour on July 23, I knew it was birthday number 123 for Raymond Chandler, courtesy a quick blurb on The Rap Sheet. The media at large was covering the discovery of Amy Winehouse’s body earlier that … Continue reading
Guest Blogger Terry Zobeck returns with another post about the edits Frederic Dannay made while collecting Hammett’s short stories into paperback format decades ago. I notice he drops the name James Sandoe for the first time on this site — … Continue reading
Okay, I told you that the misspelled sign for Dashiell Hammett Street got fixed and here’s proof, courtesy a group by appointment that walked the walk on July 23 and lugged along cameras. The new sign doesn’t feature the smaller inset name … Continue reading
What do you think, in the photo above shot on the May 8, 2011 tour, I look more like The Shadow and Mike Chomko, swathed in blue, looks more like Superman, right? My hands float, missing the comforting weight of fully-loaded … Continue reading
Although he left the Sam Spade apartment in 891 Post Street a couple of years ago — after a long and distinguished tenure — Bill Arney returned earlier this year for a guest-starring role, letting a tour group in to … Continue reading
I wasn’t watching every second, so can’t say exactly when it happened, but as of last night I noticed that the street sign pictured above — the infamous incorrect spelling of both Dashiell and Hammett that has been up on the … Continue reading
And how about a quick Guest Blog from none other than Bill Arney, host of Cheese Theatre, but best known around Hammett circles as the longtime resident of the Hammett and Sam Spade apartment in 891 Post Street? Bill finally … Continue reading
Guest Blogger Terry Zobeck returns with another look into the edits made by Fred Dannay, and this time finds that the blue pencil smote lightly back in 1944! Plus he discovers yet another “pure text” Hammett story available in a modern … Continue reading
Anyone interested, with an extra tenspot to burn and four hours to spare, can show up for The Dashiell Hammett Tour at noon on Sunday July 31 — no reservations needed or taken. If you’re not there, I can’t … Continue reading