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.”
Category Archives: Film
Weekend after autograph weekend, I like to think of my two main Autograph Hounds — Brian Leno and Kevin Cook — as a pair of boxers, circling each other in the ring. Bursting out with sudden bruising jabs. A Seabury Quinn … Continue reading
Michael Chong keeps an eye peeled for any online mention of Willeford, and reports in that “The Boss has good taste!” Yes, Cockfighter makes the short list of Springsteen’s fave movies — or, maybe the dude is just another one of us … 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
Kent Harrington, who watches the media scene more closely than I do (which means he follows Variety) just popped me a link to an article which reports that the film of Charles Willeford’s novel The Burnt Orange Hersey apparently got … Continue reading
We all remember last Autograph Hound weekend when Brian Leno laid out a hand with a trump card or two (signed, of course) in the mix, to keep him in the game with the John Hancocks spread out the week before by noted … Continue reading
In re: the issue of full name vs. more personal first-name-only signatures, how about I pull up another item I sold from the E. Hoffmann Price Library? I’d run through several offerings from either Hamilton or Brackett — one with … Continue reading
Coachwhip has reprints of all the mystery novels by Virginia Rath in the works. Since I’m one of the few vocal proponents of Rath you can track down on the net, track me down they did to ask for a … Continue reading
Kevin Cook steps in to cover the autograph action this weekend — if you’ve followed previous weekends, you know he’s been champing at that bit. I’m not sure how Autograph Hound Brian Leno is going to react to someone intruding … Continue reading
Last Autograph Hound Saturday Brian Leno trotted out his copy of the 1948 Arkham House volume Roads, signed twice by author Seabury Quinn and twice by artist Virgil Finlay — from the Jack Palance estate sale. I bet some people are … Continue reading
Brian Wallace sends me links to stuff all the time. He’s like my man-on-the-internet-street or an all-knowing stool pigeon or something, tracking down every hardboiled mention or rumor of a hardboiled mention. A reboot or new version of ace P.I. … Continue reading