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: September 2019
For Autograph Hound Super-Sunday (Revisited), Kevin Cook dips into his archival material to do a showcase on another of his favorite authors: Abraham Merritt. If you recall, Kevin got interested in the concept and potential ramifications of the autograph weekends … Continue reading
And finally for this incarnation of Autograph Hound Saturday Revisited we lay out another signature from Clarence A. Robbins, often billed as C.A. Robbins, but best known as Tod Robbins, who wrote the story that served as the kernel of … Continue reading
Back in July we dropped a couple of early signatures by adventure writer Harold Lamb. For Autograph Hound Saturday Revisited how about one from much later in Lamb’s long career, to give you a chance to compare and contrast? Inked into … Continue reading
Kevin Cook returns once more to handle the autograph action this weekend, but let’s put some spin on it with the premiere of Autograph Hound Saturday Revisited. An easy concept. You’ve seen signatures by these people before. But you haven’t seen these John … Continue reading
If you’re deep into Hammett, you know that he claimed Pinkerton’s Detective Agency once sent him out on an assignment to track down a Ferris wheel stolen from a carnival. Supposedly happened somewhere in Big Sky country, circa 1920. A quote that’s come … Continue reading
On the walk last Sunday a guy rolled in from Phoenix, and at one point mentioned that he once met another guy and was kind of pleasantly surprised to discover that this guy had two sons — named Miles and Archer. “You must … Continue reading
The game show Jeopardy! kicked off its new season this week, and a Hammett clew jumped up in the very first episode. At one point, as documented on this blog, they had been dropping refs to Hammett like a beginning … Continue reading
Another Autograph Hound Super-Sunday rolls around, relentlessly, like time itself. I thought Brian Leno might finally have snapped, after the last weekend’s round of superb John Hancockery from Kevin Cook. Brian popped me a note: “Cook’s stuff was fantastic. I almost broke … Continue reading
For Autograph Hound Saturday our resident Autograph Hound Brian Leno trots out yet another signature from his not inconsiderable holdings. Brian says: “Philip M. Fisher, Jr., is not a name that immediately comes to mind when collectors talk of the … Continue reading
Kevin Cook adds some thoughts in re: the artist P.J. Monahan, featured in today’s Autograph Hound Super-Sunday Polaris — of the Snows coverage: “Probably best remembered for his later All-Story Weekly cover painting for Edgar Rice Burroughs’ ‘Thuvia, Maid of … Continue reading