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: Donald Westlake
Death Lit: A Couple of Westlakes
— but both Westlakes are in the same book. Just like I did almost exactly a year ago, I got to review a repackaging of a Donald E. Westlake — originally titled Enough, back in 1977. If interested in that … Continue reading
Posted in Lit Tagged Donald Westlake, PW
Rediscovered: Despite Westlake Owing Me a Beer. . .
Somewhere around here I have a postcard from Donald Westlake saying something like, “Beer? Beer? Surely we can settle this in a civilized fashion.” Years ago I went to a big writers deal in Fort Lauderdale, and Westlake was there, … Continue reading
Posted in Lit Tagged Donald Westlake, Fort Lauderdale, George Plimpton, PW
Rediscovered: The Bad Plus, Plus Crime
Out of the blue I got a note from Ethan Iverson of The Bad Plus, who’ll be in town this weekend for six shows in Yoshi’s Jack London Square, and wants to get together and talk Willeford. Sure. The guy’s … Continue reading
Posted in Lit, News, Willeford Tagged Donald Westlake, Ethan Iverson, Lawrence Block, The Bad Plus
Finally. More Jean-Patrick Manchette makes the leap into English-language print. After nine years. Powers-That-Be, come on, speed it up. In March 2002 City Lights Noir created a shockwave among noir cognoscenti with Donald Nicholson-Smith’s riveting translation of Three to Kill, Manchette’s 1976 thriller … Continue reading
Posted in Lit, Willeford Tagged City Lights, David Goodis, Donald Westlake, Manchette, New York Review Books, Red Harvest
News: January 2009
NO EXTRA TOURS, LOTS OF NOIR No extra walks have been set for this month, but if you want some noir, buckle your seat belts. Don returns to the Mechanics Library for a reading — he’ll do the underground section … Continue reading
News: May 2008
WINNING THOSE AWARDS In the photo above you can see Don posed with the three Cimmerian Awards he has landed thus far — this shot being an alternate that wasn’t used in the new Cimmerian Awards issue coverage. For that … Continue reading
Posted in DMac, Lit Tagged Cimmerian Awards, Donald Wandrei, Donald Westlake, Eddie Muller, Fabrice Tortey, Fritz Leiber, George Pelecanos, Ken Bruen, Noir Con, The Cimmerian