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.
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Willeford: The Book
Includes the first “Mr. Hunt” story, “Knives in the Dark.”
Tag Archives: Kevin Cook
For yesterday’s Autograph Hound Saturday, Kevin Cook unleashed a colorful cluster of Munsey cheques all endorsed by George Allan England. I thought they might completely cover England’s most famous work, but he tells me, “I actually do not have all the checks for … Continue reading
Autograph Hound Saturday again, and Kevin Cook is back at the wheel. He notes that Brian Leno, wily John Hancock hunter, took him a little bit by surprise the past weekends: “I have to admit that I was completely focusing on books … Continue reading
Last Autograph Hound weekend Kevin Cook dragged the Irish author Frank Harris into the foment via a book inscribed to the author of My Life and Loves from no less than Tod Robbins. The association interest was immense, for those … Continue reading
And to wrap up his volley of autographs for today, Kevin Cook does the old killing two birds with one stone trick — two signatures with one inscription, in a copy of Seeds of Life. You have your John Hancock … Continue reading
As the third author selected for Autograph Hound Super-Sunday, Kevin Cook pulls no less than E. Charles Vivian out of his sleeve — I bet you guys don’t see Vivian signatures raining down from the skies. Obviously Kevin picked up … Continue reading
We all remember last Autograph Hound weekend when Brian Leno laid out a hand with a trump card or two (signed, of course) in the mix, to keep him in the game with the John Hancocks spread out the week before by noted … Continue reading
Autograph Hound Saturday again, and Kevin Cook is back at the wheel, giving Brian Leno a breather from digging through binder after binder of autos. In our discussions of signed books, Kevin asked me if I had noticed that James … Continue reading
Before doing the panel at Signman: John Law the other evening, I made plans to stop into Bibliomania — very close, in the heart of downtown Oakland, one of the classic bookstores of yesteryear but still in business today. I hadn’t … Continue reading
Before he finally retired, Brian Leno spent many long years dealing cards in gambling dens in North Dakota — giving him some authentic Mean Streets cred and pocket money to toss against his Autograph Hound addiction. So when Kevin Cook … Continue reading
So what signature-related extravaganza could Kevin Cook dazzle us with for Autograph Hound Super-Sunday? How about an array of Michael Connelly autos progressing from fuller signature to the squiggly “MC” I’ve mentioned here before? Kind of like a reversal of those images of … Continue reading