Author Archives: Don

Frisco Beat: A “Lost Book” Mystery

Every couple of years or so I get asked about a book someone has read and forgotten the title of — almost always a book that is a mystery set in San Francisco. Hey, you do the seminal statement, people … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Is Haefele’s First Book on the Block?

Currently on eBay from Gunnison of Adventure House — with a Buy It Now tag of $100 — you’ll find what may be John D. Haefele’s first book. Copy no. 41 of 45 numbered copies. He’s not sure — Haefele, … Continue reading

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Hammett: Further Reference to Nick Charles Liking a Pop Every Couple of Pages

The Hammett buzz comes fast and furious on Jeopardy!, with guest host Aaron Rodgers receiving one last night. S37 E142. April 13 2021. Category: Going Stir Crazy. $600 clew: Some prefer stirring this classic cocktail; shaking it, the preferred method … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: The Tamony Bookplate

Haefele’s Heretics got shaken up some for the run up to his new book Lovecraft: The Great Tales. Morgan “The Morgman” Holmes was busy with something else. Brian Leno’s computer died out from under him and he didn’t want to … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Every Copy of an Edition Part Two

Not too long ago Brian Leno tipped me off to a blog devoted to Vincent Starrett, entered via a specific post about the famous book collector’s bookplates. I surfed around some, and quickly realized that blog fell under the same … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Every Copy of an Edition

I think I had my longtime pal Donald Sidney-Fryer really going for about two or three weeks late last year, when I told him I was thinking about collecting the entire print run — a reported 2045 copies — of … Continue reading

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Frisco Beat: Last Seen

Kent Harrington has some promo lined up before the May publication of his new San Francisco crime novel Last Seen. First one coming up in Texas (and the virtual world). Kent says, “I am having a Zoom event for my … Continue reading

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Hammett: April First Special

With thanks to Evan “Scoop” Lewis.

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Rediscovered: At NoirCon (2012)

At least I presume the image above connects to NoirCon. That’s how I read the clews. I only attended the very first NoirCon, in 2008, where I was amazed that for the Charles Willeford “panel” they had some academic talking … Continue reading

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Hammett: The Slaughter of Duller Characters

Two or three emails back the noted book and pulp collector Kevin Cook mentioned to me that Hammett had gone to France during the Great War. I told him, not as far as I know. But now there’s some evidence … Continue reading

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