Author Archives: Don

Hammett: A Parable for Valentine

An even eighty-eight years ago today Knopf released a little tale of mystery and romance you know by the handle of The Maltese Falcon. Yes, timed for release on Valentine’s Day. Every Valentine’s Day for years now I’ve had to … Continue reading

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Death Lit: An Avram Davidson Vibe

The historied dark mantle of Prague cloaks 14 stories of crime in this superior entry in Akashic’s City Noir series. A fair number of collections from this series have rolled through my paws over the years, with this one and the … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Me and Willeford in a Comic Book

Brian Van Gold of Oakland just did a little homegrown comic book featuring me and Willeford — mostly Willeford. I show up in a one-page anecdote illustrating the time Willeford informed me that All Great Literature is Depressing. I think this … Continue reading

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Hammett: A Speedy Return to the Clew-Pile

Barely a fortnight had slipped past when Jeopardy! once again sampled from the huge variety of potential clews related to the life and work of Dashiell Hammett — I admit, I was taken by surprise. I was thinking it would … Continue reading

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Hammett: In the Clew-Pile for 2018

Didn’t notice any Hammett clewing for the new season of Jeopardy! that kicked in toward the end of last year — though I did notice they had an entire category devoted to PKD recently. Man, Hammett and/or Hammett and the … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Charlie Siringo, Range Op

If you’re curious, you can read at least the opening of a new article posted today for Westworld out of Denver on the famous or infamous range detective Charlie Siringo — researched and written by none other than our pal … Continue reading

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Hammett: Koichi Suwabe’s Lectures on The Maltese Falcon

Here’s something for the arch-Hammett fan to track down — a close to 400 pager all about The Maltese Falcon, going at it chapter by chapter. Published in 2012. It’s in Japanese, but if you’re dedicated at working translation programs. … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Further FLIVVERing from Carroll John Daly

Man, I don’t even have to LOOK for evidence, it just rolls in like the sea. You may recall that in The Great Flivver War of 2015 I found an example of Black Mask great Carroll John Daly using the … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Fred Dannay and His More Literary Cousin

A couple of years back Nathan Ward popped me a link to an article — a very good, long article — about the popular Mean Streets topic Frederic Dannay, one half of the “Ellery Queen” writing team, and his continuing … Continue reading

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Frisco Beat: Back to the TL Museum for The Penalty

At top and bottom, a couple of shots from my July 13 appearance in the Tenderloin Museum, talking up The Thin Man and with some snippets of the 1931 Falcon — high point being when we spotted the heart of the … Continue reading

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