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: Tour
Coincidentally, the topic of Ace Atkins and Robert B. Parker also popped up in the last few days in exchanges with Kevin Cook, noted pulp and book collector. “At this point in time Parker is still an industry,” Kevin observed, … Continue reading
One intriguing pic Nathaniel Mills sent along from his trip to Malta, he noticed later, “unintentionally captured this Maltese blonde, there on the bench, checking me out as I walked by. “Did she think I was handsome or was she … Continue reading
Stuff to see and do on the island of Malta. The stuff that dreams are made of! Nathaniel Mills pops in a few pics to amuse his fellow travelers going Up and Down These Mean Streets.
Nathaniel Mills came out on the walk about a month ago, and it sounded as if putting the gumshoes to the mean streets of San Francisco was part of some double-whammy plan. He’d already hit the island of Malta. And on the … Continue reading
The Dashiell Hammett Tour meets at noon every Sunday in October. The walk starts in front of 870 Market and goes for three hours. About two miles long. $20 per person. If interested, pick a Sunday and show up. No … Continue reading
On the walk last Sunday a guy rolled in from Phoenix, and at one point mentioned that he once met another guy and was kind of pleasantly surprised to discover that this guy had two sons — named Miles and Archer. “You must … Continue reading
JB Dickey of the Seattle Mystery Bookshop came out on the walk for Sunday August 11th — he got to the rendezvous point first, so we had time to chat about various things. Such as Michael Connelly’s squiggly “MC” initial … Continue reading
How about allowing an Apprentice Autograph Hound loose on the Mean Streets to run with those battle-scarred gray wolves Brian Leno and Kevin Cook? Got a note in from Jeff Mariotte — obviously a lifelong book collector, like most people I … Continue reading
Shot above: leading the pack across the intersection of Post and Hyde Streets during the tour by appointment for Sisters in Crime, August 5, 2017. Let’s say you’ve had the Hammett Tour on your bucket list for awhile, or you … Continue reading