The Tour

                             40 Years (1977-2017) and Counting

“Since 1977, Don Herron has slipped on his trenchcoat and snap-brim hat to lead groups on a four-hour, three-mile investigation of Hammett sites…”


“Theatrical and thoroughly immersed in Hammett arcana.”


“Hammett and the San Francisco of the 1920s come to life again.”


“The group moved like a drunken cat through the streets and back alleys of the Tenderloin. It passed Southeast Asian diners, tawdry hotels, bars without windows, and places where a twenty will buy you more than the weekend’s groceries.”


Travel with Don Herron over the fog-shrouded hills stalked by Sam Spade, the Continental Op, and other hardboiled characters created by San Francisco’s most renowned mystery and noir writer. During this walk you’ll see the buildings where Hammett wrote his most famous stories and the majority of locales from his classic novel, The Maltese Falcon.

Shadow Sam Spade in his quest for the fabulous figurine of a mysterious black bird. Prowl the back alleys where the Continental Op, Hammett’s longest-running detective, faced down the opposition over the barrel of his blazing .38. Follow Hammett himself as he works for the Pinkerton Detective Agency on the infamous Fatty Arbuckle case. See the spot where Spade’s partner, Miles Archer, with a smile on his mug and his pistol buttoned away under his overcoat, met swift death in the night-fog.

TIME: Usually at Noon.
COST: $20.00 per person.

2020 SCHEDULE: Certainly some of the SUNDAYS in the month of May and in the months of September and October, and at other random dates during the year — check the Current Walks page to see what is being offered at the moment. You’ll also find Extra Walks, Book Signings, and other Hammett related activities announced on the Blog.

No reservations taken. Just show up. Use your detective skills to spot the guy in the snap-brim hat and trenchcoat. The New York Times found him. You can, too.