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
Just got a note from Tom Krabacher linking to the Locus obit on Dick Lupoff, who died today at age 85. If you recall, Krabacher and Lupoff and I were all hanging out at an Edgar Rice Burroughs mini-convention not … Continue reading
It’s been mentioned before on These Mean Streets, but among the numerous hobbies and preoccupations — Autograph Hound, Two-Gun Bob fan — of Brian Leno, he’s got an interest in Ripperology, and herewith marks a grim anniverary: On September 30, … Continue reading
It’s probably lucky that Tom Krabacher made his run up to Auburn to check on the old Gaylord homestead a couple of weeks ago, because he just got called up for Haefele’s Heretics and their latest assignment — proofing the … Continue reading
On page 241 of The Literary World of San Francisco & its Environs I mention in passing the old Gaylord farmhouse outside Auburn, California, where Clark Ashton Smith was born January 13, 1893. Recent chatter spread the word that the … Continue reading
Terry Zobeck reports from behind the scenes on the recent auction of Lawrence Block’s — until recently unknown — second book: The winning bidder is one of the horde of satisfied readers of my Block bibliography. Once he’d read it … Continue reading
Morgan “The Morgman” Holmes was poking around the net, kind of interested in seeing how various writers were being ranked in the hardboiled arena. He found a summary article on Spenser creator Robert B. Parker he thought I might like … Continue reading
I was e-chatting with Terry Zobeck over the copy of Lawrence Block’s rare (and unknown, until Terry reported on it) second book, currently on the block at eBay. Terry said, “He should be noting the artist too, there is a … Continue reading
Just got a note in from the famed and maniacal Autograph Hound Brian Leno, who says: Last night some guy was selling about 70 or so signed postal covers. Good stuff too, so I got my trigger finger ready and … Continue reading
Remember the coverage earlier this year for Terry Zobeck’s bibliography of Lawrence Block? The one with mention of an incredibly rare and previously unknown S&M adventure of Mme. Adista? Well, unknown that Block wrote it — perhaps not unknown to … Continue reading
Just got a note from Bill Arney, who you’ll remember as the longtime Keeper of the Sacred Shrine, i.e. Hammett’s apartment in 891 Post Street — where a little classic titled The Maltese Falcon was written. Bill just got a … Continue reading