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: Burritt alley
I’m handling most of the demand for walks caused by the recent New York Times article by arranging groups by appointment during the week, but at least one out-of-towner asked for one on a Sunday — which I figure ought … Continue reading
Jim Dinan popped in a shot from the tour he took on September 8, 2013 — and he also sent along the moody pic of Burritt alley above. Black & white. Very noir. I bet Burritt has been photographed thousands … Continue reading
The New York Times just put up today Daniel Saltzstein’s on-the-ground-in-Frisco ruminations on noir — check it out. I’m interviewed, and photographed against a wall in Burritt alley. Plus Daniel gabs it up with other people and tracks down some off … Continue reading
I’m running late, White Rabbit-style, so let’s make this post all business and even skip the illos — if you want to see lots of cool shots of Fritz, hop over to Will Hart’s Flickr archive, especially nice for the annotated … Continue reading
Oh yeah, I’ve been meaning to mention something I noticed toward the beginning of the September tours: They’ve had the Spade and Archer logo removed from the window of the Hotel Union Square, but so far haven’t had it replaced with … Continue reading
Another September is on us, with a Hammett Tour set for each and every Sunday — yes, even Sunday September 2nd in the middle of the Labor Day Weekend. You want to walk the walk, then show up by noon, and be … Continue reading
Coming up fast: September 2012 — featuring a Hammett tour at noon each and every Sunday in the month. No reservations needed. Just show up. I can’t make taking the four hour, three mile walk any easier. . . .
And when the big refurb on Bush Street and the alleys feeding into it was going down in the last week or two, Burritt got its name — after Judge Burritt, and his farm that used to exist on this … Continue reading
Only two more Sundays left in May, two more chances to put your gumshoes on the mean streets before I jump over to other things in the month of June, and maybe July, as well. . . . For the … Continue reading