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: December 2020
2020, without question, a great year for binge-watching — but taking a moment to think about it, I don’t believe I did any more bingeing than usual (which is to say I am a binge-master, the only trick is tracking … Continue reading
And Hammett-based clews continue to pop up on Jeopardy! as if in a noir salutation to the passing of Alex Trebek. On December 28 the rerun episode titled “Around the World with Alex: Journey Through Israel” (originally broadcast November 23, … Continue reading
Holy cow. It isn’t just one Hammett clew every month or few months, it is a damn barrage. Yesterday, Friday Dec 18 — S37 E70 — in the Double Jeopardy round. $2000 clew. Category: Literature: This playwright’s “The Children’s Hour” … Continue reading
Man, the Jeopardy! Hammett clews are coming out fast and furious, like hot lead from a Tommy gun. Yesterday, Wednesday 12/16/20 — S37 E68 — as the last few final episodes hosted by Alex Trebek work their way on air … Continue reading
Very casually, I’ve begun to poke around looking for content for a LitCrit MegaPack or two, starting by going through Word doc files to see what I have available. Many of my essays pre-date Word doc’ing (and will require the … Continue reading
And today Evan Lewis pops up three more newsprint appearances for the excellent Hammett yarn “The Girl with the Silver Eyes.” A primo example of the casework of the Continental Op. Evan writes: This final feature focusing on The Girl … Continue reading
Aha! Hammett makes the cut yet again for Jeopardy! — in one of the run of final episodes hosted by Alex Trebek. Nice. On 11/30/2020 — aka yesterday — in the first round. $200 clew. Category: Authors’ Middle Names That … Continue reading