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 2014
Back in the day Hammett apparently toyed around with the idea of turning The Maltese Falcon into a play. While this one isn’t that one, how far apart could any two plays get when using the same story and characters? … Continue reading
Doing the bits about the Novato Theater reminded me that I’ve been meaning to blurb a Julie Lindow project for, what?, at least a couple of years. (Julie hitched up with San Francisco Noir editor Peter Maravelis during the heyday … Continue reading
I’ve got my slideshow talk in Livermore tomorrow, after warming up with the Q&A in Novato the other day. Wow. You can tell when you’re showing a genuine noir classic, because the sky breaks open and cold rain paints everything in shades … Continue reading
Eighty-four years ago today the publisher Alfred A. Knopf debuted an instant classic titled The Maltese Falcon. As I always say, the sickest Valentine’s day novel ever. Yeah, maybe I love you and maybe you love me. This side of … Continue reading
I’m not intending on keeping track of every development in the saga of the upcoming TV show Hoke, based on the Willeford novels — but at least it looks as if the pilot is a sure thing, because they’ve cast … Continue reading
Jesús Ángel González López — the guy who told us all about La Cuidad Maldita, the Spaghetti Western version of Hammett’s Red Harvest — recently dropped me a note to say: “Did I tell you I sent a DVD copy … Continue reading
I’m hauling up to Novato for an appearance this coming Saturday, and a couple of weeks later you can track me down in Livermore. On Sunday February 16, 2p.m. in the Storytime Room of the Civic Center Library, you’ll find … Continue reading