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 2014
Hollywood Beat: Bogart vs. Raft
There’s a theory that Humphrey Bogart owes his superstar status to George Raft, because Raft kept turning down key roles that propelled Bogie from second string to Icon. If you’ve been on the tour, you know that I touch on … Continue reading
Posted in Film, Lit, Tour Tagged August Derleth, Bogie, George Raft, John D. Haefele, Sherlock Holmes, Solar Pons
Rediscovered: A “Lost” Spade-Marlowe Connection
Got a note a couple of days ago asking me if I’d seen the bit “Finding Marlowe” in the LA Times. Guy named Erik Cummins spun it my way, with the preface: I met you some years ago (about 10-12 … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Lit, News, Tour Tagged Erik Cummins, John's Grill, LA Times, Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler, Red Harvest, Sam Spade, The Midget Bandit, Warren Harris