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: Ha-Ra Bar
Last month I mentioned that the staining on the woodwork in the Sam Spade apartment in 891 Post is just wrong — it looks very, very nice, but it’s wrong. Although I was pretty casual about it, I did think … Continue reading
Figuring I could kill a couple of birds with one speaking appearance, I told Bill Arney (left) and Mark Murphy (center) — a former and a current inhabitant of 891 Post Street — about the talk in the Tenderloin Museum, where … Continue reading
A couple of years back this blog was launched (the blog part — the website itself began in September 2000, as I recall, so we’ve been holding down a noirish corner of the net for quite awhile, in net terms). … Continue reading
When I say that the usual Sunday Hammett Tour takes four hours, trust me, I’m not kidding. Four solid hours with one brief break in the middle, and if people ask a lot of questions, make that four hours and … Continue reading
Okay, another chance to put some wear on your gumshoes — a Hammett Tour open to anyone who wants to show up, noon, Sunday October 23. The usual. Four hours. Ten bucks. Rain or shine.
Ace Atkins was parachuted into town by his publisher for a signing last night, and even though he had a 6 a.m. plane to catch today of course he went out drinking with me and Vince Emery and one of … Continue reading
Just recently I came across a podcast of a reading I did awhile back, for the launch of the Peter Maravelis-edited anthology San Francisco Noir 2: The Classics on Valentine’s Day 2009. The Ha-Ra Bar was packed to the rafters to hear various … Continue reading
HAPPY HARDBOILED HOLIDAYS In this case, from a few of the folk who showed up for the Hammett Flash Mob on April 2nd of this year — but doesn’t the heavy red and green décor of The Ha-Ra Bar just … Continue reading
LAST MONTH IN TUCSON In the photos above you’ll see Dennis McMillan catching a quick chat with Elmore Leonard after his big interview, and Don doing a spur-of-the-moment tribute to Ernest P. Worrell. The Tucson Book Fair offered lots of … Continue reading