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: Frederic Dannay
Another month on the mean streets, ready to be kicked into gear by Terry Zobeck with part two of his new series probing the various changes made by Frederic Dannay to Hammett’s short stories. . . . You can find “pure texts” … Continue reading
How about we kick off the month with The Return of Tenderloin Terry Zobeck? It’s always swell when Terry climbs back on deck after a hiatus. Terry’s still got one Hammett story he needs to check for editorial meddling by … Continue reading
It’s been over two years since Terry Zobeck did a quick run-through of how many Hammett stories had seen print, that far, preparing himself to dive in to check on editorial meddling by Frederic Dannay. Of all the stories then … Continue reading
Add Evan Lewis to the list of people — alongside me, Terry Zobeck, Lillian Hellman —who dig the Hammett western satire “Corkscrew.” He just put up a post talking about it and the other contents of the Dell Mapback Nightmare … Continue reading
When Frederic Dannay, a.k.a. Ellery Queen, collected the Continental Op yarn “Corkscrew” in the 1948 Lawrence Spivak digest Nightmare Town, he resurrected it from the crumbling wood pulp pages of Black Mask much like Dr. Frankenstein rescued the monster from the grave … Continue reading
As Terry Zobeck noted in the first part of his pure text survey for “Corkscrew,” the editorial changes were rampant — scanning down this post and then the next post will give you the clew. A hell of a lot … Continue reading
Thanksgiving — the day of bounty, and plenty of it. I wonder, do we have any bounty to strew Up and Down These Mean Streets? How about The Return of Terry Zobeck? — who in a race to the finish with his coverage … Continue reading
We just had a post from occasional Guest Blogger Brian Leno — how about one from the much more frequently appearing Terry Zobeck? As you might expect, Terry spent some of his spare time during PulpFest prowling the stacks of … Continue reading
Before his name came up again in connection with John Lawrence’s Marquis of Broadway stories, Mike Nevins got linked on this blog courtesy a bit he did about Frederic Dannay editing the Op tale “The Tenth Clew” — I put up … Continue reading