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: May 2023
Hammett: Yet Another Dashiell
You probably know about my little hobby, pretty casual, of recording how the name Dashiell pops up in the culture. From Gotham City to Night Court. I was watching a podcast with Michael Biehn and thought I heard him reference … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Film Tagged Aliens, Die Hard 2, Michael Biehn, More Dashiells
Hammett: Jeopardy! Again
After sneaking in a Hammett ref toward the end of the year, Jeopardy! threw another one out a few months ago. I made a note at the time, and today seems like a good day to record it: S39 E139 … Continue reading
Sinister Cinema: Wim Wenders’ Hammett
Heard from a guy over in France who plans to do a documentary on the 1982 Wim Wender’s film based on the Joe Gores novel Hammett. Cool aspect — I guess if it all works out — is that the … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Film, Frisco, News Tagged Francis Ford Coppola, Joe Gores, Marilu Henner, Roney Blakley, Wim Wenders
Hammett: Birthday 129. . .
May 27th rolls around again, and Hammett begins another year as a shadow ever gumshoeing the mean streets. . . . I believe I have a few tidbits stuck aside to mark the occasion. . . .
Posted in Dash
Hammett: Frisco Apartment on the Block
Yeah, people have been bombarding me with queries about the recent article which reports a Hammett San Francisco residence — 237 Leavenworth — up for sale if you’ve got a few million. Four million — sounds cheap: An early 1920s … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Frisco, News Tagged 237 Leavenworth, 620 Eddy, literary homes, Tenderloin