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: February 2012
So, I got to see my movie — which is to say the only movie I had seen — win bigtime during the 84th annual Oscar ceremonies. Really liked Dejardin’s tribute to Doug Sr. in his acceptance speech. I even got interested … Continue reading
I keep thinking about how clunky Roadhouse Nights was — how maybe I’d have been better off never seeing it. Yeah, sure, I get to check it off the list of Hammett-related movies. I have most of those checked off, and … Continue reading
During the Hammett-fest for Noir City I was struck by something Eddie Muller didn’t mention in the little intro for City Streets from 1931. I believe I saw that movie circa twenty years ago, and it didn’t leave much of an impression. Yeah, … Continue reading
One of the major reasons I went to the Hammett-fest the last day of Noir City is that I figured I might as well, finally, catch a showing of Roadhouse Nights from 1930. I don’t recall it ever showing in … Continue reading
Cartoonist Tad Dorgan, local San Francisco boy, seems to have been about as well known as anyone could be in the days before radio kicked in in 1925, decades before TV became standard in the American home. Check out this ad … Continue reading
Cartoonist Tad Dorgan’s name continues gumshoeing Up and Down These Mean Streets. San Francisco native. Pal of black heavyweight champ Jack Johnson. Credited with coining the term “hot-dog” in 1906— though I see that claim has been debunked (if I learn … Continue reading
And Terry Zobeck is back, with more on Hammett’s history as a book reviewer: A couple of weeks back I told you about a new web site containing scans of the book reviews Hammett wrote for The Forum and the Saturday Review … Continue reading
Eighty-two years ago today, Alfred A. Knopf released the hardcover first edition of The Maltese Falcon —- as I sometimes say as an aside on the tour, the sickest Valentine’s Day offering ever. Yeah, there’s romance. Definitive murder-shadowed noir romance. Just a … Continue reading
After a hiatus during which he obviously spent some safari time in the pulp jungle hunting down rare and elusive pulps, Terry Zobeck is back to let us know the extent of the editing done to yet another Op tale … Continue reading