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 2013
A few months ago I read Giorgio Scerbanenco’s A Private Venus — only the second book translated into English by this writer, so prolific he was called the “human typewriter”. . . . I’ve met several authors who could lay claim … Continue reading
Someone gave me a month’s advance notice and requested a walk on Sunday September 8, so consider it on. Anyone can join in. No reservations needed. Meet at noon with four hours to spare and twenty bucks to burn. … Continue reading
Last Friday I did a tour for a couple from Australia — I was coming into the burg anyway, and cut them a deal. When we got to Dashiell Hammett Street, they remembered a previous visit, where they noticed the … Continue reading
Doing some catch-up on stuff I have contemplated posting: Early this year I surfed across a fine memoir of James Crumley by a writer pal of his named Ralph Beer — very nice, even includes photos of some of Crumley’s favorite … Continue reading
A couple of requests for walks have rolled in — one from a guy in the area and another from some folk en route to SF from Brownwood, Texas. After prowling around Texas on several trips to Howard Days in … Continue reading
On Tuesday I recorded a radio interview with KPAM out of Portland and they tell me it’ll air this weekend on “The Azumano Travel Show” — split into two parts so the sound of scruffing gumshoes hiking up and down … Continue reading
Okay, after blurbing it on Cheese Theatre, I had to give the movie World War Z a shot. First, I must congratulate Max Brooks for selling them two words and the letter “Z” —nabbing around a reported $100,000 per letter or thereabout. Sweet . … Continue reading