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: Great American Music Hall
Frisco Beat: Alas, Poor Blanco’s! I Knew It, Horatio. . .
You know how it is, you go in for triple bypass surgery and someone figures you’re gone for sure, The Defender of the Faith is down by the wayside, and it’s now safe to paint over the tragically faded lettering … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Frisco, Tour Tagged Blanco's, Great American Music Hall, Larkin Street, Olive Street
Tour: Sunday June 11
In the pic above, The Dashiell Hammett Tour of that moment stands on the northwest corner of O’Farrell and Larkin, taking in the perfect 1920s blocks rolling down O’Farrell to the east (until you get to The Hamilton, a large … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Frisco, Tour Tagged Blanco's, Great American Music Hall, Larkin Street, O'Farrell Street
Tour: On Sunday November 2 and November 9
Two more tours this year where anyone with $20 and four hours to kill can just show up and walk the walk — and after that we’re into Xmas Season, and rains, bleak noir rains (if luck for Frisco is … Continue reading
Posted in Frisco, Tour Tagged Blanco's, Great American Music Hall, Olive Street
Tour: Sunday October 13 and Sunday November 10
Someone else flying in from Australia gave me more than a month’s advance notice, asking for a walk on Sunday October 13 — one where anyone with twenty bucks and four hours to burn can join in on. The usual. … Continue reading
Posted in Tour Tagged Great American Music Hall, O'Farrell Street, Tenderloin
Tour: Another Walk for June
Believe it or not, but a guy with the given name of Dashiel (one “l”) is jetting in from Australia late in June and just asked for a walk — more than a month’s advance notice, all the way from … Continue reading
Posted in News, Tour Tagged Blanco's, Great American Music Hall, Larkin Street, O'Farrell Street, Tenderloin