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 2016
Sinister Cinema: Orson
I believe it was sometime in 2010 or so when Matthew Asprey — more recently writing under the longer handle of Matthew Asprey Gear — hoofed These Mean Streets on the Hammett tour. He mentioned the moment in a book … Continue reading
Posted in Film, Frisco, News Tagged Bret Wood, Contrappasso, Fully Dressed and in His Right Mind, John Fante, Lady from Shanghai, Lilly Library, Matthew Asprey, Michael Fessier, Orson Welles
Rediscovered: Stretched in Space
Couldn’t help but think of Fritz Leiber when I noticed the article about astronaut Scott Kelly growing two inches taller after not quite a year in space. Instantly conjured up Fritz’s 1968 novel A Spectre is Haunting Texas, whose protagonist … Continue reading
Posted in Lit, News Tagged A Spectre Is Haunting Texas, Fritz Leiber, Science Digest, Scott Kelly