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: July 2015
Rediscovered: The Great War — Circa 1914
One reason I scheduled a tour for Sunday July 26 was to get myself within striking distance of the Erik Chipchase art reception in Lanesplitter Pizza & Pub on the Emeryville/Oakland borderlands — that showing ends in a couple of … Continue reading
Posted in News, SFSC, Tour Tagged "This King Business", Cacophony Society, Erik Chipchase, The Great War
Hammett: A Tiny Tweak for “This King Biz”
Just when you think you’ve got something wrapped-up. . . . Earlier this month Terry Zobeck and I wrote Fin/30/Fade-to-Black on Zobeck: Series One, the investigation into “pure texts” on the 21 Hammett short stories yet to be reprinted using … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, News Tagged "This King Business", Crime Stories, Michael Stoler, pure texts, Terry Zobeck, The Great War, Zobeck Series One
Tour: Sunday July 26 and Sunday August 9
Next walks where anyone with $20 in hand and about four hours to wander the mean streets will be on Sunday July 26 and Sunday August 9. If interested, just show up by noon near the “L” sculpture, ready to … Continue reading
Posted in Tour Tagged Ellis Street, James Flood Building, John's Grill
Hammett: “The Nails in Mr. Cayterer”
Remember the fireworks going off boom! and bang! a couple of days ago? As I watched the explosions I was thinking, yeah, if they only knew that Terry Zobeck was about to finish off — complete, fini — his now … Continue reading
Hammett: In Constant Jeopardy!
As I’ve reported on a few times, the quiz show Jeopardy! just loves Hammett trivia. On Wednesday June 24 our favorite gumshoe/crime writer popped up again in the category A Bit About Authors, the $2000 clew: For refusing to testify … Continue reading
Sinister Cinema: Publicity Shots
How about we kick off a new month with some publicity shots from the Archives of Stephen Talbot? Steve popped these to me recently. Pic at top, left to right, Lyle Talbot, Nancy Hult, Don Herron (me!) and Steve from 1982, … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Film, Frisco, Tour Tagged Bancroft Library, Fritz Leiber, John's Grill, Lyle Talbot, Mae West, Nancy Hult, Sid Ganis, Stephen Talbot