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
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
A note rolled in just now from longtime guest blogger Terry Zobeck, always trying to keep the Hammett facts straight. He spotted a wrong detail in the Morgan Holmes bit about what kind of .32s the Op carried in “Corkscrew” … Continue reading
Woke up to a note from Morgan “The Morgman” Holmes, who says, “I have my own Hammett gun post up at Castalia. Did not realize you had the Webley one up until this morning. Guess we are all thinking about … 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
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
Stuff Terry Zobeck covered in the halcyon days of yesteryear keeps circulating around. Remember his post about “lost” Hammett stories, including such rogue titles as “Pickup” in Saturday Home Magazine? And follow-up posts about Hammett tales getting reprinted in god-knows-how-many … 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