On September 20, 2009 I gumshoed up to the gate of 891 Post. Corner of Hyde.
In the night, the plaque we’d put on the building early in 2005 to commemorate the residence of Dashiell Hammett gave off a dim reflection.
I used the key Bill Arney had entrusted to me to enter the outer foyer.
I crossed the lobby and in the elevator punched my ticket to the top floor.
I entered the rooms, heading down the short front hallway to the bend in the passageway — decorated with an image of Howard Duff as Sam Spade from the radio — and turned left toward the studio. . . .