Category Archives: News

Hammett: A Paperback for Lillian Hellman

Apparently a large chunk out of Otto Penzler’s personal collection is going on the block over the next year or two. I know this news because A) it is public information, no black cats out of the bag or anything, … Continue reading

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Two-Gun Bob: Brian Leno, Reporting Ringside

Whoa. Courtesy the production wizards over at The Cimmerian Press, yesterday Brian Leno popped out his second TriplePunchPack — Ringside with Robert E. Howard. Just an appetizer against the full feedbag of the book he’s working on, an in-depth look … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: The Morgman on The Augman, and Others

As any long time reader, surfer or dipper into The Mean Streets may have noticed, I’m not great on anniversaries — yeah, I hop on the annual birth and death days for Hammett, and usually remember Robert E. Howard’s birthday. … Continue reading

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Hammett: Only $227 mil

Brian Wallace just popped me the news that Sam Spade’s office building in 111 Sutter has sold for a mere 227 million bucks. Makes the sale of Sam Spade’s big cushy armchair for $90,000ish seem like chump change. In addition … Continue reading

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Mort: Peter Corris

Got a note from John Hocking, reporting: “I’m reading The Big Drop, a collection of detective stories by the recently deceased Australian author Peter Corris. “It had been a while since I’d read any of his stuff, so it felt … Continue reading

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Death Lit: Gbontwi’s Gumshoe

While I’m knocking out fast, easy blog posts, I noticed that my most recent review for PW made it through edit 90-95% intact. Whoa. Guess I can link to that one. Crime novel, London neo-noir sort of thing. Surf over … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Et Tu, Erle? — or, Another Lost Atlantis

When Tom Krabacher came to town the other day to hang on a feedbag filled with gooey duck, he brought along a copy of a book he helped assemble, Woodland, in Acadia Publishing’s sprawling Images of America series. I was … Continue reading

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Hammett: Trouble in Paradise

Shot above from a few years ago, Mike Humbert, Don, Bill Arney standing in front of the folded-up Murphy bed in Sam Spade’s apartment, 891 Post Street. Mike maintains a Hammett website and Bill is famed as the one-time occupant … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: A Tough Guy Amidst Books

Woke up today to find Nathan Ward had dropped a link on me to his latest tidbit on CrimeReads, of which he says: “Has nothing to do with Hammett or the (newly discovered by the NY Times) Tenderloin. Thought you … Continue reading

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Two-Gun Bob: Famous No.1, then Leno No.1, then. . .

After I blurbed that my new eBook Famous Someday got to no.1 on the Amazon list for Kindle — sub-category horror, sub-sub-category litcrit on horror — I realized that it probably hadn’t been the actual no.1. It was no.1 in the … Continue reading

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