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: News
You may have been thinking, hey, I wonder, What has Terry Zobeck been up to lately? A guy like that, who knows what he’s been digging around in. You got that right. One of the most prolific Guest Bloggers for … Continue reading
Yep, no one better positioned to appreciate the COVID-19 outbreak than science fiction fans. It’s like living the la vida loca of a Zombie Apocalypse without the severe downside of rampaging zombies. But I would have thought if anyone I … Continue reading
Man! Look at all those people who could have been giving me coronavirus — or vice versa — except it was back in August 5, 2017 on a tour by appointment with Sisters in Crime, and I doubt any of … Continue reading
Brian Leno just let me know that Library of America put up the Op story “The Tenth Clew” as their Story of the Week feature. There’s a brief introduction, but we covered — or uncovered — the main points circa … Continue reading
When laying out his origin story as a collector of signed books the other day, Kevin Cook told me not to bother using the details about hanging out with Karl Edward Wagner, watching the local college team on the tube, … Continue reading
Not only did John Locke spot the pulps in Emperor of the North, based on “The Famous Tramp” A-No. 1, he mentioned that he had the series of books that made A-No. 1 famous. (Or is it >A-No. 1<?!) “Here’s … Continue reading
Yesterday’s Autograph Hound Saturday was pretty cool — so what’s up for Autograph Hound Super-Sunday? Brian Leno has been keeping his eye on the calendar, too — 135 years slips past so quickly! Adventure, John Hancocks, Last Stands. . . … Continue reading
“How It All Began” — and by chance, captured on film! Much like the first meeting of me and Bill “The Voice of Noir” Arney, the noted book and pulp — and autograph — collector Kevin Cook has found evidence of … Continue reading
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