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: March 2015
As part and parcel of his ongoing Op mania, today Evan Lewis put up nice large images of the various back covers for the Dell Mapbacks containing Continental Op tales by Hammett — and if you don’t know, yes, they feature … Continue reading
If you want to see a bunch of covers from issues of Black Mask where Op yarns appeared, plus covers from various editions of Op books foreign and domestic, Old School and more recent, then surf over to Evan Lewis’s blog … Continue reading
Sam Spade said, “I don’t mind a reasonable amount of trouble.” And that’s what he’s got. Nathan Ward — whose upcoming new biography of Hammett is being proofread and copyedited and put through the hoops right now — just popped … Continue reading
The Literary World of San Francisco — as I’ve been reporting — is still no.2 on the Amazon bestseller list for travel books about San Francisco as I check the stats today, but yesterday for about 4 hours muscled it’s … Continue reading
The other day I recorded that my long-out-of-print title The Literary World of San Francisco had hit the no.10 spot on Amazon’s list of bestselling travel books about SF. From there it drifted down the rungs to the 20s and a … Continue reading
On the newsstands now, the May ish of AHMM with a salute to the Continental Op by Evan Lewis — if you keep up with that sort of thing, jump on it. Evan got in an Op mood and did … Continue reading
Some idle surfing around today landed me on this blurb, where I learn The Wall St. Journal has a book club and this month the club is reading The Maltese Falcon — yeah, I’ve heard that’s a good one. Reported here … Continue reading
A couple of Wednesdays back I noticed that someone had changed the lettering on Burritt alley to make “Burritt” into “Burrito” — but last night saw that the name had been returned to Burritt and all is well with the … Continue reading
Last minute notice! If you are in or around or willing to haul out to Fresno by 10 a.m. this coming Saturday, you can sit in on Warren Harris doing a talk on The Midget Bandit for the local Sisters … Continue reading