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: Rap Sheet
Sinister Cinema: Sam Invades Manchette Territory
Terry Zobeck pops along the news from The Rap Sheet that unbeknownst to us Sam Spade moved to France and is about to get into some 1960s colonial action, as in a Jean-Patrick Manchette novel! Well, hell, I wasn’t expecting … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Film, Willeford Tagged Burnt Orange Heresy, Clive Owen, Manchette, Rap Sheet, Terry Zobeck
Rediscovered: More on Peter Corris
John Hocking adds — in re: his discovery of the Peter Corris detective story where I cameo as “Dan Swan” — “Yeah, I figured there was almost no way you could have missed the story, but the idea that you … Continue reading
Posted in Lit, Tour Tagged J. Kingston Pierce, John Hocking, Peter Corris, Rap Sheet
Death Lit: Treasure Coast by Tom Kakonis
Today’s the day — official release date for the first new novel by Tom Kakonis to hit print in many years. I believe it also serves as the launch date for the first thirty or so titles from Brash Books, … Continue reading
Posted in Lit, News Tagged Brash Books, Criss Cross, Edward Bunker, Elmore Leonard, George Pelecanos, J. Kingston Pierce, James Ellroy, Jed Ayres, Rap Sheet, Tom Kakonis, Treasure Coast, Truman Copote
Mort: Joe Gores
Just got an email from Vince Emery bearing bad news: “Joe Gores passed away Monday in Marin General Hospital — 50 years to the day after Hammett died.” A cornerstone figure in the Hammett arena, gone.
Posted in Dash, Frisco, Lit Tagged Big Read, Joe Gores, Mark Coggins, Rap Sheet, Vince Emery
News: June-July 2010
NOTHING SHAKING ON THE MEAN STREETS Or, to put it another way, Don is doing miscellaneous summer stuff the next two months — he gets that way every time a new edition of his Hammett tour book comes out. No … Continue reading
Posted in REH, Tour Tagged Black Mask, Fabrice Tortey, Kindle, PulpFest, Pulps, Rap Sheet
News: April 2009
LAST MONTH IN TUCSON In the photos above you’ll see Dennis McMillan catching a quick chat with Elmore Leonard after his big interview, and Don doing a spur-of-the-moment tribute to Ernest P. Worrell. The Tucson Book Fair offered lots of … Continue reading
Posted in DMac, Frisco, News, Willeford Tagged Ace Atkins, City Lights, Elmore Leonard, Ha-Ra Bar, Hammett Tour Book, Mark Coggins, Palm Sunday Tour, Powell Hotel, Rap Sheet