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: November 2019
What could we do for Autograph Hound Super-Sunday? How about an exciting return to the Quest for the Worst Autograph Ever? Remember the other week when John D. Haefele sent in an image from a Karl Edward Wagner book he’d … Continue reading
Yeah, Jeopardy! has a thing going for Hammett clews — and who can blame them? He’s famous, for closing in on a century now, and you can creep in via the books, the movies, the life. Yesterday — S36E55 — … Continue reading
The other day Brian Leno mentioned that he’d heard good things about the novel Relic by Preston & Child — but even more specifically, he got the major tip-off from me. Brian notes, “You told me about this book over … Continue reading
Autograph Hound Saturday yet again, and our resident Autograph Hound Brian Leno jumps into the ongoing discussion about indecipherable squiggly signatures: Most of the signatures in my collection are probably pre-1975. I still read the authors I enjoyed in my … Continue reading
How about some extra oomph for Autograph Hound Super-Sunday? And with just a little bit more effort, why not make it an apt offering for Veterans Day? Kent Anderson is a Vietnam War combat vet — his first novel Sympathy … Continue reading
About a month ago we spotlighted the unwieldy squiggle of Kent Harrington during the Autograph Hound weekend. Plunged in deep, lots of samples. One of the most prolific Posse McMillan writers back in the day, and one of the favorites of … Continue reading
You know how bizarre squiggly autographs drive Kevin Cook into a berserk and bemused frenzy? And do you remember how John D. Haefele presented a John Hancock from horror writer Karl Edward Wagner for that day when we featured a … Continue reading
And if you’ve seen Metropolis, you probably have put the words “hot” and “robot” together in your mind. For Autograph Hound Super-Sunday Brian Leno returns to those halcyon years of German silent cinema with some comments on: Brigitte Helm had … Continue reading
From Faust to Metropolis, Brian Leno keeps this Autograph Hound Super-Sunday hopping. Yeah, he’s got a Thea von Harbou John Hancock, but he’d really like to have the loot needed to pop for a copy of the novel currently available … Continue reading
For Autograph Hound Super-Sunday, another Halloween Edition, I see that Brian Leno has been digging around in the corner of the crypt where he secrets his silent German movie stuff. Tell us about it, Herr Leno: Yvette Guilbert may be a … Continue reading