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: Brian Leno
Or would it be Conandrum? In his constant prowling around eBay from his lair in Bismarck, North Dakota, Brian Leno noticed something neither he nor I could recall hearing of before — a chunk out of a Robert E. Howard … Continue reading
Autograph Hound Saturday once more, and that notable maniacal Autograph Hound Brian Leno brings the John Hancock of the famous pulpster Abraham Merritt back to These Mean Streets. Plus the artist Roy Hunt also makes a return, after showing up … Continue reading
John D. Haefele’s expertise on the subject of writer August Derleth, and his circle, just got called into action by a find made by Will Oliver, who writes a fanzine for REHupa titled Some Line-Faced Scrivener. You may recall … Continue reading
A year ago Brian Leno was appalled when bestseller James Patterson tried to write a novel featuring The Shadow. Now he’s got word that Patterson is moving in on Doc Savage — and we know how much Brian likes Doc: … Continue reading
Today marks the anniversary of the suicide by gunshot at age thirty of Texas author Robert E. Howard, sitting in his Chevy outside the family home in Cross Plains. Our resident Autograph Hound Brian Leno lays out another John Hancock … Continue reading
Brian Leno returns with an autograph to memorialize another anniversary — “an autograph from 1932 with a quotation from a certain Rabbi Tarfon, a saintly man who lived around 100 A.D. The translation is beyond my attempts.” Here’s Brian: On … Continue reading
Arch-Autograph Hound Brian Leno hauls out a couple of John Hancocks to mark an anniversary, including one from the iconic Anna May Wong, who just got her own American quarterpiece, if you prefer to collect coins. Here’s Brian: Sixty-three years … Continue reading
Evan Lewis recently did a post on the Hammett yarn “The Creeping Siamese,” and now Brian Leno tells me that Library of America have picked it up for their Story of the Week — using the same illo Evan scoured … Continue reading
Autograph Hound Saturday once more, and Brian Leno is back to give us a glance at one of his most recent acquisitions in the Department of Serious John Hancocks. Take it, Brian: I haven’t seen too many Val Lewton signatures … Continue reading