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: June 2013
Hammett: “On the Way”
Of the three known Hammett short stories that have never been reprinted, one has not yet been found, and the other two never have seen reprint in either a Hammett collection or some random anthology. Scanmaster Evan Lewis has tracked … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, News Tagged "On the Way", "The Thin Man", Evan Lewis, Harper's Bazaar, Lillian Hellman
Hammett: “The Diamond Wager”
It’s been over two years since Terry Zobeck did a quick run-through of how many Hammett stories had seen print, that far, preparing himself to dive in to check on editorial meddling by Frederic Dannay. Of all the stories then … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Film, Lit, News, REH Tagged "The Diamond Wager", Argosy, Detective Fiction Weekly, Evan Lewis, Frederic Dannay, Man of Steel, PulpFest, Pulps, Superman, Sword-and-Sorcery, Terry Zobeck, The Dark Barbarian, Weird Western
Frisco Beat: City Lights Hits 60
It’s up against the Hammett Tour I’m doing this coming Sunday with Dashiel (and the ghost of Dashiell, I guess), but what the hell — City Lights Bookstore making it to 60 years on the mean streets is worth a … Continue reading
Posted in Frisco, Lit, News, Tour Tagged Allen Ginsberg, City Lights, Jack Kerouac alley, The Cacophony Society, William S. Burroughs
Hammett: Or Is This a Better Birthday Present?
Okay, for a little extra oomph on the occasion of Hammett’s birthday, you can grab the current issue of The New Yorker which includes one of the “lost” Hammett short stories — but Vince Emery recently let me know that in May another surprise … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Lit, News Tagged "The Thin Man", Iran, The New Yorker, Vince Emery
Hammett: Belated Birthday
Yeah, yeah, I missed a whole month of potential blog posts, and when I was MIA from the web on Hammett’s birthday, some people even got worried enough to make sure I hadn’t died quietly on the side. Nope, just sidetracked … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, News Tagged Nathan Ward, The New Yorker