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: The New Yorker
Frisco Beat: A Slice of Life 1979-90
Our man on the street, Nathan Ward — keeping his eye on the New York scene — sends along his latest find: “I liked this evocation of San Francisco from 79-90 by the novelist Rachel Kushner in the current New … Continue reading
Posted in Frisco, Tour, Willeford Tagged Nathan Ward, Rachel Kushner, Tenderloin, The New Yorker
Hammett: Birthday 126
Yeah, 126 years ago today Samuel Dashiell Hammett began life as a fat baby, and lived that life as a thin man. Pinkerton’s detective. Pulp writer in San Francisco. Hollywood. Ended up in New York. You probably know the outline. … Continue reading
Hammett: Zobeck Takes on The Hunter and Other Stories
And in celebration of Birthday 120 for Hammett, how about the thoughts of a long-time Hammett fan and collector on the most recent collection of his stories? Ladies and Gentlemen, here’s Terry Zobeck: Back in October Don reviewed The … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Film, Lit, News Tagged "A Knife Will Cut for Anybody", "An Inch and a Half of Glory", "Faith", "Monk and Johnny Foxx", "On the Way", "So I Shot Him", "The Cure", "The Diamond Wager", "The Hunter", "Tulip", Biblioctopus, Bill Pronzini, City Streets, Detective Fiction Weekly, Devil's Playground, Harper's Bazaar, Jack Adrian, James Crumley, Julie Rivett, Lillian Hellman, Mr. Dynamite, On the Make, Otto Penzler, PW, Richard Layman, Terry Zobeck, The Hunter and Other Stories, The Kiss-Off, The New Yorker, The Strand Magazine
Hammett: Or Is This a Better Birthday Present?
Okay, for a little extra oomph on the occasion of Hammett’s birthday, you can grab the current issue of The New Yorker which includes one of the “lost” Hammett short stories — but Vince Emery recently let me know that in May another surprise … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Lit, News Tagged "The Thin Man", Iran, The New Yorker, Vince Emery
Hammett: Belated Birthday
Yeah, yeah, I missed a whole month of potential blog posts, and when I was MIA from the web on Hammett’s birthday, some people even got worried enough to make sure I hadn’t died quietly on the side. Nope, just sidetracked … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, News Tagged Nathan Ward, The New Yorker