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.”
Tag Archives: Ace Atkins
Damon Sasser just popped me a link to “This Ain’t Sherlock Holmes,” a nice tribute to Hammett’s Op tales on the Vintage Crime website — written by Scott Montgomery, who may be the same Scott Montgomery I met during the secret noir … Continue reading
Ace Atkins was parachuted into town by his publisher for a signing last night, and even though he had a 6 a.m. plane to catch today of course he went out drinking with me and Vince Emery and one of … Continue reading
Ace Atkins is returning to “M” is for Mystery in San Mateo for a signing of his latest novel, The Ranger, on Tuesday June 14, 7 p.m. Unless I’m jumped and blackjacked into some noir limbo, I plan to be there. … Continue reading
HAPPY HARDBOILED HOLIDAYS In this case, from a few of the folk who showed up for the Hammett Flash Mob on April 2nd of this year — but doesn’t the heavy red and green décor of The Ha-Ra Bar just … Continue reading
NO EXTRA TOURS Nothing extra kicking along the mean streets for June, but the desperate always can use an edition of the Dashiell Hammett Tour book for a self-guided prowl over the gumshoe-haunted Frisco hills. And any tours open for … Continue reading
HAMMETT WALKS EVERY SUNDAY THIS MONTH After tons of news items about books and signings all year, let’s keep the May news kind of simple. You want to take the tour for the first time or after a hiatus of … Continue reading
LAST MONTH IN TUCSON In the photos above you’ll see Dennis McMillan catching a quick chat with Elmore Leonard after his big interview, and Don doing a spur-of-the-moment tribute to Ernest P. Worrell. The Tucson Book Fair offered lots of … Continue reading
NIX THE 540 CLUB Just a quick note to those who had planned on attending Don’s official launch of the Dashiell Hammett Tour book at the 540 Club — the venue and date have been changed. It’s now at Green … Continue reading
NOIR VALENTINE IN THE HA-RA The more or less official launch party for San Francisco Noir 2: The Classics takes place Saturday February 14 — Valentine’s Day — beginning at 8 p.m. in The Ha-Ra Bar in 875 Geary between … Continue reading