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
Remember that time Bogie escaped from San Quentin and was on the lam? Made his way into San Francisco and had his face touched-up by a back-alley plastic surgeon? Holed up for awhile with Lauren Bacall in a swank apartment … Continue reading
Autograph Hound Super-Sunday returns, carried by a morbid wave of interest in the indecipherable! Tom Krabacher dropped a note to say, “Saw the Charles de Lint signature on your blog. Kevin’s explanation that de Lint’s autograph is actually just his … Continue reading
Obviously Brian Wallace wants me to pay more attention to Chandler, because he’s been bombarding me recently with links — heavy on The Long Goodbye. Of possible interest to some people would be a “graphic novel” (or fine arts) treatment … Continue reading
Today Evan Lewis in his digging through digital archives pulls up some interesting news articles from 1941, covering the birth of a film version of Hammett’s Red Harvest. Hollywood had decided not to do a new version of The Glass … Continue reading
Brian Leno sends in a pithy movie review that for some of us, says it all: “Last night watched Doctor Strange and, for the most part, I enjoyed it. Amazing that with all the computer generated special effects to display … Continue reading
Terry Zobeck pops along the news from The Rap Sheet that unbeknownst to us Sam Spade moved to France and is about to get into some 1960s colonial action, as in a Jean-Patrick Manchette novel! Well, hell, I wasn’t expecting … Continue reading
Remember back in 2012 when a bunch of us heard the name Jack Benny and “wireless hero” during a screening of Roadhouse Nights from 1930? Only problem was that Jackson wasn’t supposed to be on the radio before 1932. In … Continue reading
Both Evan Lewis and Brian Wallace alerted me to a major Hammett/Falcon cameo in the cop show Blue Bloods. “Friday night, February 12, 2021,” Brian reported. “Season 11, Episode 7 — ‘In Too Deep.’Alison Gable (Erin Neufer) is introduced to … Continue reading
For those who enjoy chewing the fat about books and writers, in email the noted book and pulp collector Kevin Cook and I recently got off on another little thread that might interest some of you: Kevin: Of course the … Continue reading