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: Pinkerton’s
Hammett Takes on the Writing Racket, by John Locke
Mean Streets readers get a Christmas Treat this year from no less than the pulp authority John Locke, doing a deep-dive into the origins of Hammett’s career as a writer. John made a cool discovery in the forgotten trade magazines … Continue reading
Rediscovered: Charlie Siringo, Range Op
If you’re curious, you can read at least the opening of a new article posted today for Westworld out of Denver on the famous or infamous range detective Charlie Siringo — researched and written by none other than our pal … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, News Tagged Charlie Siringo, Nathan Ward, Pinkerton's, Terry Zobeck
Hammett: If Joe Gores Had Written a Bio. . .
Shot above — Nathan Ward chatting as the room fills to capacity in the Mechanics’ Library — art shot at bottom, Table with Book (and Wine, and Mic). If you wanted an autographed copy of The Lost Detective and couldn’t … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Frisco, News Tagged Frederic Dannay, Joe Gores, Mechanics' Library, Mickey Spillane, Nathan Ward, Peter Maravelis, Pinkerton's, Raymond Chandler, Vince Emery
Hammett: Edwin “Midget” Ware
Yesterday I told you we were going to give you an ID on The Midget Bandit — and here it is. As direct as a fist in the face. If you ever had the slightest curiosity about The Midget Bandit, … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Frisco, News Tagged Edwin Ware, Fresno California, Michael Fitzgerald, Modern Library Falcon, Pinkerton's, Stockton California, The Midget Bandit, Warren Harris, Wilmer Cook
Hammett: Playing the Sap
Take out your copy of Jo Hammett’s Dashiell Hammett: A Daughter Remembers. Turn to page 34. We’re going to be dealing with the bottom photo on that page. If you don’t have a copy of the book, this post spotlights a … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Frisco Tagged "Fly Paper", Black Mask, Jack Black, Jo Hammett, Morning Call, Pinkerton's, Raymond Chandler, The Big Knockover, William S. Burroughs, You Can't Win