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
Recently noted book and pulp collector Kevin Cook mentioned one of the features he does for his zine in the amateur press association devoted to pulps: I probably told you about it before, but every PEAPS mailing I do a … 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
Kicking the can around in email with noted book and pulp collector Kevin Cook, we hit a thread of wishing we’d been alive back when, getting new stories by favorite writers hot off the press. It began as Kevin was … Continue reading
Morgan “The Morgman” Holmes pops along a news article — startling enough it provokes my jaded sensibilities. Turns out the Sword-and-Sorcery — later Sword-and-Soul — author Charles Saunders died at some undetermined point in May of 2020, but when his … Continue reading
Not the New York Times or Publishers Weekly year-end round-ups, but for the specialized market it was written for, perhaps even better — Terry Zobeck made the Top Ten for fave books of 2020 by James Reasoner. The Larry Block … Continue reading
2020, without question, a great year for binge-watching — but taking a moment to think about it, I don’t believe I did any more bingeing than usual (which is to say I am a binge-master, the only trick is tracking … Continue reading
Very casually, I’ve begun to poke around looking for content for a LitCrit MegaPack or two, starting by going through Word doc files to see what I have available. Many of my essays pre-date Word doc’ing (and will require the … Continue reading
Hey. Turkey Day. Not quite Xmas. It starts later than Xmas. If you haven’t seen it before, some folk turned me on to “The Adventures of DICK HARDBOILED in Neo Noir Dark Noir City.” Some funny lines. Only a few … Continue reading
You can tell that at the time Cheryl Cline wrote her article on Sword-and-Sorcery for Portable Storage 4 she was unaware of the death of Imaro creator Charles Saunders. Like most, I only got the news late in the year. … Continue reading