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
Autograph Hound Saturday again, and Kevin Cook is back at the wheel. He notes that Brian Leno, wily John Hancock hunter, took him a little bit by surprise the past weekends: “I have to admit that I was completely focusing on books … Continue reading
My pal, the gambler Brian Leno, just gave me a head’s up: “Today it’s 143 years since Wild Bill Hickok cashed in his chips.” Gone. Not forgotten, by any measure.
For Autograph Hound Super-Sunday what John Hancock could our own maniacal Autograph Hound Brian Leno pull from his trove? You may recall that a couple of weekends back he presented the signature of pulpster Anthony M. Rud — if you … Continue reading
Brian Leno confesses, “I have no autographed copies of Talbot Mundy volumes, but I do have the signed check presented here. “I started reading Mundy after Robert E. Howard and once, many years ago, I came upon five or six old hardbacks … Continue reading
Obviously the baseline reference point for today’s Autograph Hound Saturday posts from Brian Leno is none other than Robert E. Howard. And why not? Like his pal H.P. Lovecraft, REH is the central sun around which other literary planets orbit. … Continue reading
Last Autograph Hound weekend Kevin Cook dragged the Irish author Frank Harris into the foment via a book inscribed to the author of My Life and Loves from no less than Tod Robbins. The association interest was immense, for those … Continue reading
We all remember last Autograph Hound weekend when Brian Leno laid out a hand with a trump card or two (signed, of course) in the mix, to keep him in the game with the John Hancocks spread out the week before by noted … Continue reading
Autograph Hound Saturday again, and Kevin Cook is back at the wheel, giving Brian Leno a breather from digging through binder after binder of autos. In our discussions of signed books, Kevin asked me if I had noticed that James … Continue reading
For Autograph Hound Super-Sunday, Brian Leno checks in during an autobiographical mood: One of the bad consequences about working for 37 years in the gambling profession is you start to see things in terms of wagers placed. Bets won and lost. … Continue reading
Before he finally retired, Brian Leno spent many long years dealing cards in gambling dens in North Dakota — giving him some authentic Mean Streets cred and pocket money to toss against his Autograph Hound addiction. So when Kevin Cook … Continue reading