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 2022
Noted book and pulp collector Kevin Cook sent in a few thoughts on the recent death of Jim Nisbet: I was saddened to hear of the death of Jim Nisbet at age 75. Nisbet was a tremendously uneven author. I … Continue reading
Brian Leno said he was going to read the new James Patterson “Doc Savage” novel — and he dood it: A few days ago my mail carrier dropped off The Perfect Assassin, the new novel by the writing team of … Continue reading
John D. Haefele — author of Lovecraft: The Great Tales, A Look Behind the Derleth Mythos, etc. — just popped up an article further investigating how many — or how few — copies may exist of the last of many, … Continue reading
Our pal Mike Humbert sent a couple of images winging around the net, with the info line: “Two pics from me taking the Dashiell Hammett tour for the first time, October 27, 2002.” Twenty years ago and change. Image at … Continue reading
And Brian Leno wraps up today’s gallery of Ripperish autos, but you know, I bet he has lots more against the next time he notices an anniversary coming up: Richard Mansfield was a well respected actor during the time of … Continue reading
Brian Leno offers another auto in the rogue’s gallery of Jack the Ripper: Charles Warren is not really a serious suspect for The Ripper, but in Stephen Knight’s very interesting Jack the Ripper: The Final Solution is presented as being … Continue reading
And more “suspects,” courtesy the curiosity cabinets of Brian Leno: Frank Miles was an artist and shared a house with Oscar Wilde — at least they shared accommodations until they possibly got into a lover’s spat and Miles kicked Oscar … Continue reading
Another Ripper suspect pool, per Brian Leno: Dr. Frederick Treves has only been lightly considered as a potential Ripper suspect, and even one of his patients has come under investigation. Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man. Now, only a bonehead would … Continue reading
Brian Leno brings out some of the myriad suspects in the Ripper annals: The book that really got my interest going with The Ripper was Michael Harrison’s Clarence, which stated James Kenneth Stephen and the Duke of Clarence were lovers. … Continue reading