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.”
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EVERY SUNDAY IN SEPTEMBER Like it says on the Tour Page, you’ve got a Hammett tour every Sunday this month. Just show up, clutching the equivalent of a tenspot. Put some air in your gumshoes. Walk the walk. SEAN McCOURT … Continue reading
END OF DAY STUFF, OR, A GLOOMY MONTH ON THE MEAN STREETS Don’t let the title panic you, the Hammett tour strides merrily along, with Don doing some groups by appointment this month and a full set of walks set … Continue reading
NO EXTRA TOURS Don is leading some groups by appointment up and over the mean streets in July and August, but nothing has been set up where anyone can just show up with a tenspot and walk the walk — … Continue reading
NO EXTRA TOURS Nothing extra kicking along the mean streets for June, but the desperate always can use an edition of the Dashiell Hammett Tour book for a self-guided prowl over the gumshoe-haunted Frisco hills. And any tours open for … Continue reading
HAMMETT WALKS EVERY SUNDAY THIS MONTH After tons of news items about books and signings all year, let’s keep the May news kind of simple. You want to take the tour for the first time or after a hiatus of … Continue reading
LAST MONTH IN TUCSON In the photos above you’ll see Dennis McMillan catching a quick chat with Elmore Leonard after his big interview, and Don doing a spur-of-the-moment tribute to Ernest P. Worrell. The Tucson Book Fair offered lots of … Continue reading
NIX THE 540 CLUB Just a quick note to those who had planned on attending Don’s official launch of the Dashiell Hammett Tour book at the 540 Club — the venue and date have been changed. It’s now at Green … Continue reading
NOIR VALENTINE IN THE HA-RA The more or less official launch party for San Francisco Noir 2: The Classics takes place Saturday February 14 — Valentine’s Day — beginning at 8 p.m. in The Ha-Ra Bar in 875 Geary between … Continue reading
NO EXTRA TOURS, LOTS OF NOIR No extra walks have been set for this month, but if you want some noir, buckle your seat belts. Don returns to the Mechanics Library for a reading — he’ll do the underground section … Continue reading