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
2020, without question, a great year for binge-watching — but taking a moment to think about it, I don’t believe I did any more bingeing than usual (which is to say I am a binge-master, the only trick is tracking … Continue reading
And Hammett-based clews continue to pop up on Jeopardy! as if in a noir salutation to the passing of Alex Trebek. On December 28 the rerun episode titled “Around the World with Alex: Journey Through Israel” (originally broadcast November 23, … Continue reading
Holy cow. It isn’t just one Hammett clew every month or few months, it is a damn barrage. Yesterday, Friday Dec 18 — S37 E70 — in the Double Jeopardy round. $2000 clew. Category: Literature: This playwright’s “The Children’s Hour” … Continue reading
Man, the Jeopardy! Hammett clews are coming out fast and furious, like hot lead from a Tommy gun. Yesterday, Wednesday 12/16/20 — S37 E68 — as the last few final episodes hosted by Alex Trebek work their way on air … Continue reading
Very casually, I’ve begun to poke around looking for content for a LitCrit MegaPack or two, starting by going through Word doc files to see what I have available. Many of my essays pre-date Word doc’ing (and will require the … Continue reading
And today Evan Lewis pops up three more newsprint appearances for the excellent Hammett yarn “The Girl with the Silver Eyes.” A primo example of the casework of the Continental Op. Evan writes: This final feature focusing on The Girl … Continue reading
Aha! Hammett makes the cut yet again for Jeopardy! — in one of the run of final episodes hosted by Alex Trebek. Nice. On 11/30/2020 — aka yesterday — in the first round. $200 clew. Category: Authors’ Middle Names That … Continue reading
Woke to an update from Terry Zobeck, always keeping an eye peeled for any Hammett news or anything like Hammett news. Has anyone read the magnificent The Big Knockover who won’t see its real life echoes in the link he … Continue reading
Barbarianing, that is. Two-Gun Bob Howard of Cross Plains, Texas has been easing onto the Jeopardy! scene in recent years, in a category here, a category there. When he made the cut for Famous Bobs, you knew he was in … Continue reading