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: February 2022
Earlier today Brian Leno was claiming that he’s “no expert on Doc Savage.” Yeah, sure, he’s not Will Murray, but he has contributed to Big Book of Bronze. And at the end of last year he was very happy when … Continue reading
Autograph Hound Saturday again and our resident Autograph Hound, in the person of Brian Leno, hauls out the very latest acquisition to his sprawling spread of John Hancocks. This round he presents another Lester Dent item (you may recall his … Continue reading
While otherwise minding his own beeswax, Bill Mullins spotted a “quite dashing” cameo to bring to our attention: I don’t know if you follow stuff like this, but in a 2013 Rocketeer comic book, Nick and Nora Charles make an … Continue reading
Today Evan Lewis spotlights another newspaper reprint for a Hammett story — “The Creeping Siamese.” Evan says, “This Op adventure, originally published in the May 1926 Black Mask, was reprinted in the May 31, 1942 El Paso Times.” Plus the paper includes a … Continue reading
Well, maybe The Maltese Falcon isn’t the sickest love story ever. . . . Late last year Brian Leno got to poking around in the Unusual and popped some stuff my way, which I realized might not be quite appropriate … Continue reading
Valentine’s Day — for some reason or just random coincidence, one of those beams falling you hear about, in 1930 the Alfred A. Knopf company selected this date for the official publication of a little noir love story titled The … Continue reading
Brian Leno continues to “splash the field,” sneaking articles into mags hither and yon — and this time he gets into a publication that has won numerous Rondo Hatton awards. Brian and I decided that the only award we’d really … Continue reading
John D. Haefele, author of Lovecraft: The Great Tales, sends in a link to a little discovery of ranges of supermountains in the dim past of the planet. “Another example of why I find HPL fascinating and fun,” he explains. … Continue reading