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: Kevin Cook
What could we do for Autograph Hound Super-Sunday? How about an exciting return to the Quest for the Worst Autograph Ever? Remember the other week when John D. Haefele sent in an image from a Karl Edward Wagner book he’d … Continue reading
About a month ago we spotlighted the unwieldy squiggle of Kent Harrington during the Autograph Hound weekend. Plunged in deep, lots of samples. One of the most prolific Posse McMillan writers back in the day, and one of the favorites of … Continue reading
You know how bizarre squiggly autographs drive Kevin Cook into a berserk and bemused frenzy? And do you remember how John D. Haefele presented a John Hancock from horror writer Karl Edward Wagner for that day when we featured a … Continue reading
The theme of the island of Malta suddenly jumped up and took over the week here on These Mean Streets. By luck, Kevin Cook had a Malta appropriate signature in, and ready to show off on Autograph Hound Saturday. But for Autograph … Continue reading
For Autograph Hound Saturday let’s keep the theme of Malta going, which kicked in over the last few days. Never know where the Winds of the Blog will take you, that’s what I always say. For the John Hancock, noted pulp … Continue reading
Nathaniel Mills came out on the walk about a month ago, and it sounded as if putting the gumshoes to the mean streets of San Francisco was part of some double-whammy plan. He’d already hit the island of Malta. And on the … Continue reading
Image above: Kent Harrington (with Lynn behind the bar) in one of my favorite restaurants, Street on Polk, on Saturday September 21. We got there as soon as the doors opened and had the place to ourselves for a few minutes, … Continue reading
Autograph Hound Super-Sunday opens with Kevin Cook refining his terms, and letting us know he’s got even worse autos than the one from Kent Harrington he was talking about yesterday: With Kent’s autograph, what I meant to express was that … Continue reading
Strap in! Autograph Hound Saturday kicks off a weekend long rumination on the topic of nigh indecipherable signatures, by no less a collector than Kevin Cook. Now, don’t take the first thoughts on the subject as the Be All End All. No, … Continue reading