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: Lowell High School
Frisco Beat: Worley Recalled
Yet another mini-memoir of crime writer William Worley has wandered into the traffic on These Mean Streets, this one from Linda Shaw — a student from one of his classes in Lowell High: I had not thought about Mr. William … Continue reading
Posted in Frisco, Lit Tagged Linda Shaw, Lowell High School, San Francisco Mysteries, William Worley
Frisco Beat: “Mr. Worley in 1963”
Just got a note in from Keith Young, yet another student in the classes once taught by William Worley, author of the classic San Francisco mystery My Dead Wife. Here’s Keith, verbatim: “A recollection from his class at Lowell. One day … Continue reading
Posted in Frisco, Lit Tagged Keith Young, Lowell High School, My Dead Wife, San Francisco Mysteries, William Worley
Frisco Beat: More William Worley
Trying — unsuccessfully, no doubt — to clear the decks of multifarious backlogged potential posts and flat-out delayed posts, I found this note from James Langdell, who surfed into Up and Down after finding the bit Lester Hardy contributed about San … Continue reading
Posted in Frisco, Lit Tagged James Langdell, Lester Hardy, Lowell High School, San Francisco Mysteries, William Worley
Frisco Beat: William Worley
My article on collecting San Francisco mysteries wraps up with a sequence from William Worley’s 1948 novel My Dead Wife, which captures in an evocative thumbnail moment the appeal of that hobby: I ran uphill a dozen paces to the parapet … Continue reading