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: newspaper action
Our Mean Streets buddy of many years, Mike Humbert, recently got a fascinating tidbit about Hammett tossed his way from Italy — to add to the info on his own Dashiell Hammett website. Mike punted the info to me, to … Continue reading
Today Evan Lewis put up a clump of fun newspaper clippings which mention Hammett, even naming the mysterious yarn “The Tale of Two Women,” which you may never have heard of. (Back in 2011 Terry Zobeck solved that story title … Continue reading
Evan Lewis recently did a post on the Hammett yarn “The Creeping Siamese,” and now Brian Leno tells me that Library of America have picked it up for their Story of the Week — using the same illo Evan scoured … Continue reading
Today Evan Lewis spotlights another newspaper reprint for a Hammett story — “The Creeping Siamese.” Evan says, “This Op adventure, originally published in the May 1926 Black Mask, was reprinted in the May 31, 1942 El Paso Times.” Plus the paper includes a … Continue reading
Terry Zobeck, back on the Mean Streets — and today he tells us about “a tongue-in-cheek article that Hammett published in 1934” with a link to its appearance in the November 8, 1934 issue of the Hartford Courant. “I verified … Continue reading
Noted book and pulp collector Kevin Cook sends along some more food for thought, following up the musings he closed out the last year on. Here’s Kevin: The newspaper reprint phenomenon has more elements than we have touched on. For … Continue reading
The Hammett newspaper reprint action keeps churning! Terry Zobeck popped me a note taking the search for newsprint Op yarns Down Under. Even my informants have informants. Here’s Terry: Our correspondent from Australia, Warren “Woz” Sproule, from a few years … Continue reading
Today Evan Lewis uncovers yet another newsprint serialization of an Op yarn, beginning November 29, 1942 in the Albuquerque Journal — almost 79 years ago exactly. The yarn in question is the excellent “Dead Yellow Women” from Black Mask, November 1925 … Continue reading
For those keeping track, Evan Lewis has uncovered from the newsprint of yesteryear yet another reprint of Hammett’s Op yarn “The Tenth Clew” — this one from the Deseret News in 1942. Plus he’s added a couple more installments to … Continue reading
Today Evan Lewis in his digging through digital archives pulls up some interesting news articles from 1941, covering the birth of a film version of Hammett’s Red Harvest. Hollywood had decided not to do a new version of The Glass … Continue reading