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: Lit
Terry Zobeck popped in a micro review related to the sale of Otto Penzler’s mystery library a few months ago, which sucked all the oxygen out of the room for awhile. The word, from Terry: My copy of Otto Penzler’s … Continue reading
— but both Westlakes are in the same book. Just like I did almost exactly a year ago, I got to review a repackaging of a Donald E. Westlake — originally titled Enough, back in 1977. If interested in that … Continue reading
What could we do for Autograph Hound Super-Sunday? How about an exciting return to the Quest for the Worst Autograph Ever? Remember the other week when John D. Haefele sent in an image from a Karl Edward Wagner book he’d … Continue reading
The other day Brian Leno mentioned that he’d heard good things about the novel Relic by Preston & Child — but even more specifically, he got the major tip-off from me. Brian notes, “You told me about this book over … Continue reading
Autograph Hound Saturday yet again, and our resident Autograph Hound Brian Leno jumps into the ongoing discussion about indecipherable squiggly signatures: Most of the signatures in my collection are probably pre-1975. I still read the authors I enjoyed in my … Continue reading
How about some extra oomph for Autograph Hound Super-Sunday? And with just a little bit more effort, why not make it an apt offering for Veterans Day? Kent Anderson is a Vietnam War combat vet — his first novel Sympathy … Continue reading
About a month ago we spotlighted the unwieldy squiggle of Kent Harrington during the Autograph Hound weekend. Plunged in deep, lots of samples. One of the most prolific Posse McMillan writers back in the day, and one of the favorites of … Continue reading
You know how bizarre squiggly autographs drive Kevin Cook into a berserk and bemused frenzy? And do you remember how John D. Haefele presented a John Hancock from horror writer Karl Edward Wagner for that day when we featured a … Continue reading
Looks as if it is available to order now: For anyone interested in the history of Arkham House the November/December issue of Firsts: The Book Collector’s Magazine is not to be missed, since it presents the item-by-item checklist to accompany … Continue reading