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: Alcatraz
Earlier this year Fondas Ladis from Greece was in the burg, researching a biography of John “Blackjack” Jerome. Blackjack was a Greek, who among other activities became famous as a strikebreaker, in San Francisco and around the country. Tradition has … Continue reading
A year ago, this very month, our Guest Blogger veteran Terry Zobeck explored the references to real life kidnappings in various incarnations of the Hammett story “Death and Company” — which included the 1934 Alice Speed Stoll caper. Just got … Continue reading
I’m guessing Evan Lewis over on the Davy Crockett’s Almanack blog must think I’m getting lazy (hey, I was born lazy), because he keeps slipping me stuff that deserves some kind of post. Today — and as far as I … Continue reading
As I just mentioned, when Evan/Dave Lewis came to town I showed him and his wife around for a few hours, witnessed by the shot above. Fort Point, under the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge. Classic noir locale. … Continue reading
Wednesday the hammer dropped on the Fox TV show Alcatraz — I can’t say it was a surprise here Up and Down These Mean Streets. Lots of potential, I guess, just sitting there, not going any place. The Could Have Been. … Continue reading
Nothing else came up, so as far as I know I sat around and watched each and every episode of Alcatraz through the season finale — and my opinion stayed the same the entire run. If it comes back in … Continue reading