Monthly Archives: May 2022

Hammett: “Siamese” Getting Around

Evan Lewis recently did a post on the Hammett yarn “The Creeping Siamese,” and now Brian Leno tells me that Library of America have picked it up for their Story of the Week — using the same illo Evan scoured … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: W. R. Burnett on Defund the Police

A few weeks ago I finally got around to reading the heist-gone-wrong classic The Asphalt Jungle from 1949 by W. R. Burnett. With his first novel in 1929, Little Caesar, Burnett made his name. A cornerstone of crime fiction, the … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Val Lewton

Autograph Hound Saturday once more, and Brian Leno is back to give us a glance at one of his most recent acquisitions in the Department of Serious John Hancocks. Take it, Brian: I haven’t seen too many Val Lewton signatures … Continue reading

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Tour: Inquiries Welcome

For the Dashiell Hammett Tour I have drifted over largely into doing Tours by Appointment. Kind of inevitable. Easier. Better money. After 45 years, bound to happen. And I still meet people who ask me how many times a day … Continue reading

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Mort: Fred Ward

After the fact, word drifted in that Fred Ward died on Sunday May 9 at the age of 79. Got to note it here since — as pictured above — Fred was the first to essay the role of Charles … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Another “Lost” Arkham

As usual, I was sitting around minding my own business, collecting Arkham House ephemera, when I realized I might have spotted another “lost” Arkham House book. For decades fans have been noting books that once may have made it into … Continue reading

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Hammett: Call Me Ned

Terry Zobeck, the guy watching Perry Mason, pops in a footnote to today’s main post to tell us: “Latimer did not keep up the Hammett schtick of Ned Beaumont, always Ned Beaumont. “The character usually was referred to simply as … Continue reading

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Hammett: Jonathan Latimer Cracks Wise

Got some notes in from Terry Zobeck, who is deep into the forgotten mags of the early 1920s on a Hammett hunt. Big game bibliography at its finest. But he’s not always prowling the primeval pagination, like a regular guy … Continue reading

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