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: PW
Posse McMillan: Kent Harrington and the Third Degree
Our buddy Kent Harrington from the old Posse McMillan days — and up to today — fields some snoopy queries in his latest interview over on the Noir Con site. He mentions Dennis McMillan and the days of yesteryear, plus … Continue reading
Death Lit: Manchette Under Review
My review of the latest translation from French noir master Jean-Patrick Manchette — No Room at the Morgue — recently popped at PW. Here’s the really good news — New York Review Books lined up another translator to work on … Continue reading
Posted in Lit Tagged Alyson Waters, Donald Nicholson-Smith, James Brook, Manchette, New York Review Books, PW
If you want to surf over and check it out, I just had another review of a Cool and Lam novel pop to life. Roughly 80% accurate to what I turned in, so it passes my test for a personal … Continue reading
Posted in Lit, News Tagged Cool and Lam, Erle Stanley Gardner, Hard Case Crime, PW
Death Lit: You Might Want It for Xmas
— but copies won’t be circulating to the general public until next year. Still, I guess you could put it on a post-Xmas wish list. The item in question seems aimed at readers who like burglars and Lawrence Block — … Continue reading
Posted in Lit Tagged Lawrence Block, Otto Penzler, PW
Death Lit: Reviewing That Neo-Noir
After I put up the link to my review of the most recent Donald Westlake reissue, I had the thought that I’d reviewed several other books since the previous one I’d linked to. Checked, and found four titles. Oops. They … Continue reading
Death Lit: A Couple of Westlakes
— but both Westlakes are in the same book. Just like I did almost exactly a year ago, I got to review a repackaging of a Donald E. Westlake — originally titled Enough, back in 1977. If interested in that … Continue reading
Posted in Lit Tagged Donald Westlake, PW
Death Lit: Down and Out in Sweden
And yes, I keep chugging along with reviews on the side. This somewhat recent one is close enough to the wording I turned in to qualify for a link. Someone did sub in the term “mean streets” in place of … Continue reading
Death Lit: Is It Noir or Is It Dark?
Had another review pop to life. If you want to surf over and give it the old gander, feel free. I figure this one, more or less, is maybe 80% of what I sent in/intended. The intro by Lawrence Block, … Continue reading
Posted in Lit Tagged Akashic, James Reasoner, Joyce Carol Oates, Lawrence Block, PW
Death Lit: A Gangster Rap
While I’m thinking about it, I had another review appear that is roughly 90% what I sent in — only 85% in the worse case scenario. Cut is my blurb that the book is “novelized history or history-heavy pulp,” which — … Continue reading
Posted in Lit Tagged Boardwalk Empire, PW, Scarface, Steve Buscemi
Rediscovered: Despite Westlake Owing Me a Beer. . .
Somewhere around here I have a postcard from Donald Westlake saying something like, “Beer? Beer? Surely we can settle this in a civilized fashion.” Years ago I went to a big writers deal in Fort Lauderdale, and Westlake was there, … Continue reading
Posted in Lit Tagged Donald Westlake, Fort Lauderdale, George Plimpton, PW