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 2015
Mort: Mr. Spock
Another Icon down, with the passing of Leonard Nimoy today at the age of 83. While you couldn’t really say I was ever a Trekkie, on the other hand, who the hell doesn’t like Star Trek? Maybe not all of … Continue reading
Frisco Beat: Adios, House of Fans — or, The Adventure of The Diagraph Stencil Machine
A couple of Thursdays back I did a tour by appointment for a guy who just couldn’t hit the burg on a Sunday, but didn’t seem to mind handing over bigger bucks to pay for wear-and-tear on my gumshoes and closing-in-on-forty-years of expertise. … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Frisco, News, Tour Tagged 891 Post, 895 Post, Hammett Historic District, House of Fans, The Diagraph Company, The Maltese Arms
Tour: Late for Oscar
Viewership for the Oscar ceremonies dropped way down this year, according to news on the net — a trend I got in on. People had requested a Hammett tour for the 22nd, so I gumshoed up and hit the mean streets for a … Continue reading
Posted in Film, News, Tour Tagged Aliens, Andre 3000, J. Jonah Jameson, J. K. Simmons, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Biehn, Oscar
Hammett: On This Day
Eighty-five years ago today Alfred A. Knopf published a novel titled The Maltese Falcon — as I always say, the sickest Valentine’s Day novel ever. If they hang you — some pretty sweet talk. . . .
Hammett: KALW and the Mystery of the Black Bird
The Maltese Falcon presides over San Francisco — the novel, the film, a thousand and one statues made of plaster, the two or three (or more?) figurines wrought out of lead with a golden bronze patina — the lead ones from … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Film, Frisco, News Tagged 891 Post, Bogie, Burritt alley, KALW, Ninna Gaensler-Debs