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.
Plugged by Tom Nolan in The Wall St. Journal.
Includes the first “Mr. Hunt” story, “Knives in the Dark.”
Monthly Archives: October 2011
And what better way to celebrate Halloween and close out October, than with something kind of creepy. . . . It probably won’t amount to much, but I’ve noticed a possible new trend in the way some people want Robert E. … Continue reading
Once he’s on the trail, Terry Zobeck sticks like a bloodhound — and the Tad’s blind man bit from the Op story “It” has caught his attention. He put out a general inquiry on the Fiction Mags list, and credits fellow FictionMagateer … Continue reading
And Terry Zobeck is back, with more info on the Op yarn “It” — here’s Terry: Frederic Dannay reprinted “It” — which first appeared in the November 1, 1923 issue of Black Mask — in his 1951 collection Woman in the Dark.Among … Continue reading
Terry Zobeck springs back into action with a new posting, detailing the changes made to yet another Op adventure. Take it, Terry: This time around we look into the edits made to the obscure Continental Op story “It.” Obscure because it … Continue reading
Meanwhile, over in the World of Robert E. Howard Studies (or at least one encampment where skin-clad knuckle-draggers sit around and devour the latest issue of the Conan comic book in cannabalistic fashion — yum-yum, eat-em-up): I see that Al Harron … Continue reading
Bill Arney has been busy knocking out a new series of Cheese Theatre episodes, but after holding down the Sam Spade apartment in 891 Post Street for years he keeps his hand in on Hammett stuff — and just popped these notes in as … Continue reading
Mike Humbert refreshes his name in my Tag Cloud by sending in a link to a bit about The Maltese Falcon he’s found hanging out in the web — as he notes, it is an “Off-the-wall theory, but interesting. . . .” The … Continue reading
Our peripatetic Guest Blogger Terry Zobeck roams the mean streets looking for news, when he’s not laired up pulling pure Hammett texts out of moldering pulp magazines. Here’s Terry: Last month I was in St. Louis for Bouchercon — the … Continue reading
I’m getting the distinct impression that good old Al Harron, over in the World of Robert E. Howard Studies, isn’t the fastest blade out of the scabbard. Back on February 11 I addressed some concerns he had raised about where I … Continue reading