Author Archives: Don

Hammett: Only $227 mil

Brian Wallace just popped me the news that Sam Spade’s office building in 111 Sutter has sold for a mere 227 million bucks. Makes the sale of Sam Spade’s big cushy armchair for $90,000ish seem like chump change. In addition … Continue reading

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Hammett: A Throne Fit for the Fat Man

Evan Lewis, a.k.a. Dave Lewis, tosses up a post on his blog which dovetails nicely into the fact that today is the anniversary of The Maltese Falcon — the book — back in 1930, with the Knopf firm doing the honors. … Continue reading

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Hammett: Valentine 89

Eighty-nine years ago today Alfred A. Knopf published the first edition of The Maltese Falcon by a writer named Dashiell Hammett. Perhaps you’ve heard of it.

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Rediscovered: Who Knows Solar Pons?

Who knows Pons? Well, John D. Haefele for one. Haefele just put up a post on the Allied Authors blog in which he ruminates in re: August Derleth’s Sherlock Holmes of Praed Street. He gets into all manner of esoterica, … Continue reading

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Two-Gun Bob: Conan — in Jeopardy(!)

After getting back to the lair after rolling up to catch Peter Field’s talk in the Tenderloin Museum last night (also grabbed a copy of his new history of The TL — you’ll like it, lots of pictures), I opened … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Good Farny v. Bad Farny

Coming up for air after a long plunge into the edit on John Haefele’s magnum opus on Lovecraft, I thought of an observation from John Locke that I spotted awhile back.  I guess the coverage of “The Shunned House” in the … Continue reading

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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

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Mort: Peter Corris

Got a note from John Hocking, reporting: “I’m reading The Big Drop, a collection of detective stories by the recently deceased Australian author Peter Corris. “It had been a while since I’d read any of his stuff, so it felt … Continue reading

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Suicide Club: Peter Field Drops a Book

A fellow adventurer from the glory days of The San Francisco Suicide Club, 1977-82, has dug around, done a bunch of research, and written a book. I went on one of the first walking tours of the Tenderloin that Peter Field … Continue reading

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Two-Gun Bob: Sherlock Leno

Leno giveth, and Leno taketh away. Biblical. First Brian alerts me to the fact that REHupa mailings from the estate of Carl Osman are on the block at eBay (some with deadlines today). Now he sends at least tentative proof that … Continue reading

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