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 heard from John Haefele, who just heard from Firsts, that they broke his coverage of Modern Era Arkham House Ephemera in twain — the new September/October issue will have his essay covering the subject, BUT (a big but) the … Continue reading
Might as well keep the cover images for recent magazine appearances for John D. Haefele rolling along. Just put up the cover for the new issue of Firsts with his history and checklist of Arkham Ephemera: The Modern Years. And somewhat recently presented … Continue reading
Ah, just in time for Halloween, but you can order it now — the September/October 2019 issue of Firsts: The Book Collectors Magazine, notable for including the first comprehensive checklist of Arkham House ephemera, Modern Era, ever published. And this list … Continue reading
My pal, the gambler Brian Leno, just gave me a head’s up: “Today it’s 143 years since Wild Bill Hickok cashed in his chips.” Gone. Not forgotten, by any measure.
Kent Harrington, who watches the media scene more closely than I do (which means he follows Variety) just popped me a link to an article which reports that the film of Charles Willeford’s novel The Burnt Orange Hersey apparently got … Continue reading
Coachwhip has reprints of all the mystery novels by Virginia Rath in the works. Since I’m one of the few vocal proponents of Rath you can track down on the net, track me down they did to ask for a … Continue reading
Various and sundry alumni of The San Francisco Suicide Club showed up for the panel I did with Signman: John Law the other night, including Robert Crabill. Robert was mentioning Sam Spade and old time radio — punch in here … Continue reading
In about a month John D. Haefele’s third article for the newly revived Crypt of Cthulhu will hit the eldritch and squamous streets — covering August Derleth’s various published commentaries on the magazine Weird Tales. The mag where a teenaged Derleth … Continue reading
Yeah, you see the autographed pic of Dempsey, and your mind spins — you’re thinking it’s Autograph Hound Saturday! But it’s Thursday July 4th — and American Independence happened more than a hundred years ago, right? (That’s what I heard, anyway.) … Continue reading
For Autograph Hound Super-Sunday, how about a piece that makes even Brian Leno take notice? And he’s virtually buried in John Hancocks! Brian reports, “Chester Gould would not be considered a rare autograph, but his signature is one that cries out … Continue reading