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.”
Author Archives: Don
Yesterday a Hammett clew made a reprise appearance on Jeopardy! as they mined their archives to fill in the weeks of summer with From the Vault: Million Dollar Masters. If I heard right, this tournament rounding up previous champions was … Continue reading
My blurb yesterday on Ted Schulz, noted Holmesian, inspired Brian Leno to poke around on the side on eBay, after he’d made a few early morning passes looking for John Hancocks. He discovered a tribute to Ted, listed for only … Continue reading
Brian Leno noticed a copy of my 1984 litcrit anthology on Robert E. Howard — The Dark Barbarian — on the block at eBay for $150 or make an offer. Hunt around and you can find copies much cheaper, but … Continue reading
Like Clint Eastwood in a Spaghetti Western, Brian Leno saddles up every day and tracks down one John Hancock after another. He doesn’t turn them in for bounty, however. If Leno guns down a signature, he keeps it: Got a … Continue reading
And here’s Brian Leno once again — Brian plays the game of tracking and hunting down the most elusive John Hancocks lurking in the sweaty climes of the Internet jungles: Leslie Banks was the evil (but cool) Count Zaroff in … Continue reading
Autograph Hound Saturday once again. Kind of snuck up on me. I mentioned the other week that Brian Leno has been collecting signatures like hell recently — on top of collecting like hell his whole life — and he’s here … Continue reading
Ethan Iverson of The Bad Plus — big Charles Willeford fan — just sent me a link to a 1987 interview with Willeford, posted to YouTube in March this year. Ten minutes, with Willeford reading some snippets from his books, … Continue reading
Our prolific guest blogger and Robert E. Howard maven Brian Leno jumps in to keep the Two-Gun Bob pot cooking. Here’s Brian: I’ve never read Hugh Pendexter, but Robert E. Howard did. In a 1931 letter to H. P. Lovecraft, … Continue reading
I’ll keep the text on this one short and sweet. Go back and read When Times Proves You Right from 2015 — fully explains the backstory. Then hop over to the Swords of REH board for news from a few … Continue reading