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: November 2013
Sinister Cinema: Next Time, Make It 10 Million Dollars
Michael Soltys — who last showed up here on these mean streets over a year ago with info about Hammett stopping in Key Largo — was first to let me know that the falcon statue on the block at the … Continue reading
Posted in Film, News Tagged 891 Post, Bill Arney, Bogie, Bonhams Auctions, Dr. Gary Milan, falcon statues, Key Largo, Michael Soltys
Sinister Cinema: Tomorrow, If You’ve Got the Loot. . .
When last heard from on this blog, I was wondering if the lead statue of the mysterious Black Bird due to go on the auction block tomorrow might not be the dingus from the collection of Dr. Gary Milan — … Continue reading
Posted in Film, News Tagged Bogie, Bonhams Auctions, Brian Leno, Dr. Gary Milan, falcon statues, Rick's Cafe Americain, Sam Spade armchair, TCM
Sinister Cinema: On the Block
I should note the news that one of the falcon statues from the 1941 Bogie movie sits atop the auction block again — with a cool million sales point not out of the question. You can look up earlier articles that herald the event, … Continue reading
Posted in Film, News Tagged Bogie, Dr. Gary Milan, falcon statues, Vince Emery
Rediscovered: Yet Another Non-Fat Op
Our longtime bud Damon Sasser, honcho of the Two-Gun Raconteur blog (and print magazine, in complete defiance of current trends — yeah, like the Wild Bunch, I suspect Damon is going to go down guns blazing), sent me info on the … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, News Tagged Damon Sasser, Jesus Angel Gonzales Lopez, Rory Gallagher
Frisco Beat: Sam Spade Landmark Saved from Fire
Whoa. Close one. Anything involving fire in San Francisco is a close one. Vince Emery just popped me the news that a fire threatened Julius’ Castle on Telegraph Hill, but they got it out before too much damage was done. … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Frisco, News Tagged "A Man Called Spade", Julius' Castle, literary landmarks