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: April 2014
Rediscovered: Roger Craig vs. the Riddle of the Bejeweled Statue
Hammett and The Maltese Falcon have become quite the staples on Jeopardy! By no means do I report on each instance — most recent one I thought worth notice was when Hammett and 891 Post actually got mentioned on the show, and … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, News Tagged 891 Post, Alex Trebek, Jeopardy!, Ken Jennings, Roger Craig
Hammett: Red Harvest Begat the Three Stooges?
You never know what you’re going to find drinking joe/surfing around the net/trying to wake up. Today I came across a brief review of Hammett’s Red Harvest by Ron Scheer, who usually blogs about Old West stuff — worth checking … Continue reading
Rediscovered: “Say It Simple”
And today Michael S. Chong returns, with the third entry in his series of “lost” Willeford bits scattered through the newspapers of North America — this time an item about Willeford’s interest in playing around with big, fancy words … Continue reading
Posted in DMac, Willeford Tagged John Keasler, Michael S. Chong
Tour: And Add One for Sunday June 22
A guy hauling in from New Zealand popped me a note today to ask for a walk on Sunday June 22 — TWO months advance notice (excellent), a long ride in — why not? Add that date to the schedule, … Continue reading
Sinister Cinema: You’re Making the Movie Anyway?
After John Ridley won an Oscar a few weeks ago, I happened to surf into a post covering his activities — lured in by a tagline about a “feud” he had or was having with 12 Years a Slave director Steve … Continue reading
Posted in Film, News Tagged Andre 3000, Dave Van Ronk, Dennis Quaid, Inside Llewyn Davis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimi Hendrix, Joel & Ethan Coen, John Ridley, Oscar, R.J. Mischo, Steve McQueen (Brit), The Doors
Tour: Three Sundays in May and June
Pic: leaning on the parapet atop the Stockton tunnel. Various people asked for some walks, giving me more than a month advance notice, so mark your calendars for Sunday May 11, Sunday May 25 or Sunday June 1 if you’d like to … Continue reading
Posted in Tour Tagged Bush Street, Stockton tunnel
Rediscovered: Eddie Little
In May of last year Joseph Hirsch dropped me a note which mentioned, “I’m on the hunt right now for good literature by ex-cons. Not sure if you’ve heard of Eddie Little, but he was one of a small group … Continue reading
Posted in Lit Tagged Another Day in Paradise, Eddie Bunker, Eddie Little, James Woods, John Sheppard, Joseph Hirsch, Larry Clark, Melanie Griffith, Steel Toes
Death Lit: Rolling Country by Joseph Hirsch
Mentioning Willeford lately courtesy the In Memoriam Palm Sunday Tour reminds me that I’ve been meaning to blurb Rolling Country by Joseph Hirsch. Read it awhile back, was thinking about doing it up for Halloween, but then something came along to … Continue reading
Posted in Frisco, Lit, News, Willeford Tagged John D. Haefele, Joseph Hirsch, Miami Blues, Palm Sunday Tour, Rolling Country