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: August 2013
John Nardizzi tells me he once worked the Frisco Beat as a private eye for no less than three years, and he returns to the burg with a novel, paying tribute to the city of Sam Spade and a hundred … Continue reading
Surfing around the net as I drink coffee and try to wake up, what ho! News that Charles Willeford’s existential cop Hoke Moseley will return with Paul Giamatti in the title role. At least for a pilot — with any … Continue reading
The brave new world of ebooks! — what does it offer you today? If you’re a fan of pulp era crime fiction, especially the gritty and hard-boiled sort that shot and slugged its way through the pages of Black Mask — home base for Dashiell … Continue reading
It might surprise S. T. Joshi to know how many of our associates in the world of Lovecraft scholarship and fandom are asking that I rebut his scathing review of A Look Behind the Derleth Mythos: Origins of the Cthulhu … Continue reading
When I first mentioned John D. Haefele’s book on Derleth, Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos, I knew he’d eventually catch a barrage or two from the entrenched forces in that arena. And now longtime Lovecraftian and Publishers Weekly editor Peter Cannon suggests … Continue reading
Just heard the news that Elmore Leonard passed away today — probably not a lot of titans left in the hard-boiled field, now. While technically I didn’t meet Elmore, I got to hear him do an interview, live, and once got … Continue reading
Do yourself a favor and surf over to Brian Leno’s latest post on the TGR site about the bestselling 1920s boxing writer H.C. Witwer, one of legions of forgotten key-pounders of yesteryear — but I suspect Brian just gave him a … Continue reading
Footnote One: In some odd way, Jeff Bridges with his line delivery as Old West lawman Roy Pulsipher in R.I.P.D. reminded me of Dennis McMillan. Not the same voice, exactly, though something very much like The Taw. More the sense of … Continue reading
In the photo above you have, left to right, Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges, as avatared by the great James Hong, veteran of literally hundreds of movie and TV appearances, and supermodel Marisa Miller in her first film. Yep. I said … Continue reading