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: April 2021
I tossed out The Tamony Bookplate found in one of my Knopf yellowback Machens the other day. Among other especially interesting plates I’ve ended up with, I was telling Brian Leno about one I remembered with a skeleton, a road, … Continue reading
Every couple of years or so I get asked about a book someone has read and forgotten the title of — almost always a book that is a mystery set in San Francisco. Hey, you do the seminal statement, people … Continue reading
Currently on eBay from Gunnison of Adventure House — with a Buy It Now tag of $100 — you’ll find what may be John D. Haefele’s first book. Copy no. 41 of 45 numbered copies. He’s not sure — Haefele, … Continue reading
The Hammett buzz comes fast and furious on Jeopardy!, with guest host Aaron Rodgers receiving one last night. S37 E142. April 13 2021. Category: Going Stir Crazy. $600 clew: Some prefer stirring this classic cocktail; shaking it, the preferred method … Continue reading
Haefele’s Heretics got shaken up some for the run up to his new book Lovecraft: The Great Tales. Morgan “The Morgman” Holmes was busy with something else. Brian Leno’s computer died out from under him and he didn’t want to … Continue reading
Not too long ago Brian Leno tipped me off to a blog devoted to Vincent Starrett, entered via a specific post about the famous book collector’s bookplates. I surfed around some, and quickly realized that blog fell under the same … Continue reading
I think I had my longtime pal Donald Sidney-Fryer really going for about two or three weeks late last year, when I told him I was thinking about collecting the entire print run — a reported 2045 copies — of … Continue reading
Kent Harrington has some promo lined up before the May publication of his new San Francisco crime novel Last Seen. First one coming up in Texas (and the virtual world). Kent says, “I am having a Zoom event for my … Continue reading
With thanks to Evan “Scoop” Lewis.