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
Brian Leno jumps aboard with a cameo appearance in today’s Autograph Hound Super-Sunday tribute to Edgar Rice Burroughs. The regret expressed in ERB’s last months in re: “I am so ashamed of my writing since I have been ill. I used to have a … Continue reading
For yesterday’s Autograph Hound Saturday, Kevin Cook unleashed a colorful cluster of Munsey cheques all endorsed by George Allan England. I thought they might completely cover England’s most famous work, but he tells me, “I actually do not have all the checks for … Continue reading
Autograph Hound Saturday again, and Kevin Cook is back at the wheel. He notes that Brian Leno, wily John Hancock hunter, took him a little bit by surprise the past weekends: “I have to admit that I was completely focusing on books … Continue reading
My pal, the gambler Brian Leno, just gave me a head’s up: “Today it’s 143 years since Wild Bill Hickok cashed in his chips.” Gone. Not forgotten, by any measure.
For Autograph Hound Super-Sunday what John Hancock could our own maniacal Autograph Hound Brian Leno pull from his trove? You may recall that a couple of weekends back he presented the signature of pulpster Anthony M. Rud — if you … Continue reading
Brian Leno confesses, “I have no autographed copies of Talbot Mundy volumes, but I do have the signed check presented here. “I started reading Mundy after Robert E. Howard and once, many years ago, I came upon five or six old hardbacks … Continue reading
Obviously the baseline reference point for today’s Autograph Hound Saturday posts from Brian Leno is none other than Robert E. Howard. And why not? Like his pal H.P. Lovecraft, REH is the central sun around which other literary planets orbit. … Continue reading
Last Autograph Hound weekend Kevin Cook dragged the Irish author Frank Harris into the foment via a book inscribed to the author of My Life and Loves from no less than Tod Robbins. The association interest was immense, for those … Continue reading