Category Archives: Frisco

Frisco Beat: Legend, Hero or Heartthrob?

For anyone keeping track, I just showed up in Dale Fehringer’s new book, San Francisco: Legends, Heroes & Heartthrobs. Came out at the end of last year. Guess that means I made the cut with blurbage in two books about … Continue reading

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Hammett Takes on the Writing Racket, by John Locke

Mean Streets readers get a Christmas Treat this year from no less than the pulp authority John Locke, doing a deep-dive into the origins of Hammett’s career as a writer. John made a cool discovery in the forgotten trade magazines … Continue reading

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Hammett: “A pity that this should be called a detective story”

Evan Lewis is digging around in electronic newspaper archives again, and today he’s featuring several newsprint items related to the 1930 publication of that instant classic known as The Maltese Falcon. Fun — and even educational — stuff. One highlight: … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: San Francisco — and California — Mysteries

Just got tipped off to a recent interview with librarian Randal Brandt on CrimeReads, if you’d care to drift over and check it out. Randal took up the search for mysteries set in San Francisco after I donated my collection … Continue reading

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Hammett: Unearthed — The Samuels’ Campaign

We haven’t seen a lot of Tenderloin Terry Zobeck recently, but you know he’s out there, ever sleuthing the Mean Streets. He’s been working on finalizing his biblio of Lawrence Block, but when he gets scent of a Hammett quest, … Continue reading

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Frisco Beat: Where are the Fanzines of Yesteryear?; or, a Little Riff on David Mason’s Devil’s Food

Aha! I warned uber fanzine guy Bill Breiding that if he messed up any bits in an article on Sword-and-Sorcery writer David Mason (Kavin’s World, etc.) I sent in for his new zine Portable Storage Two that I’d correct on the trusty … Continue reading

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Frisco Beat: My Earliest Kent Inscription

And to wrap up this auto weekend — to give you yet another holograph sample to consider in your meditations — here’s the earliest inscription I personally got from Kent Harrington, during a signing for his second novel in Kayo … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Line v. No Line

Cordelia Willis, who tipped Kent Harrington — both pictured above — off to some crime lab info for Last Ferry Home, joined in on the food and talk in Street, September 21. What was the ridiculous description I noticed recently … Continue reading

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Frisco Beat: Kent Harrington, Signatory

Image above: Kent Harrington (with Lynn behind the bar) in one of my favorite restaurants, Street on Polk, on Saturday September 21. We got there as soon as the doors opened and had the place to ourselves for a few minutes, … Continue reading

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Tour: Photo-Stalking the Mean Streets

JB Dickey of the Seattle Mystery Bookshop came out on the walk for Sunday August 11th — he got to the rendezvous point first, so we had time to chat about various things. Such as Michael Connelly’s squiggly “MC” initial … Continue reading

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