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.”
Author Archives: Don
Brian Wallace lets me know about news popping in scattered corners of the noir universe. I suspect he thinks I’m too lazy to look for the stuff myself, and if so, he isn’t wrong. For many long years I have operated under the … Continue reading
And Brian Wallace just popped me the sad news from the San Francisco Chronicle that Gus Konstin — owner of John’s Grill — has died. Under Gus’s tenure, the grill set up the various tributes to Hammett, in celebration of … Continue reading
Just got in a note from Rob Roehm, a Big Name Fan in Robert E. Howard circles in recent years, tireless tracker of any mention of the Howard family in courthouses and county records across Texas. My favorite of his … Continue reading
Brian Wallace just sent along a link to a new review of The Big Book of the Continental Op from The Austin Chronicle — worth checking out since it comes from Jesse Sublett, a guy who served in Posse McMillan … Continue reading
On the heels of popping in the tidbit from the Kansas City Star, Scott Connors turns up another same-day report on Robert E. Howard shooting himself (!!!). “I swear to Gawd,” Scott maintains, “that I am not trying to compete with Brian, … Continue reading
Now I’m almost expecting another news clipping each and every day about Robert E. Howard shooting himself, and as today breaks Scott Connors does not disappoint: “Would you believe I found another?” Scott asks. “This time it was in the Kansas … Continue reading
The furious round of discoveries about Robert E. Howard that Brian Leno — with Scott Connors close on his heels — turned up over the last couple of weeks got the attention of Leo Grin, editor and publisher of the excellent … Continue reading
“Mr. Howard usually approaches his stories from the racial standpoint, if you may call it that. That is, human races, and especially those of long ago.” Yeah, the great tribal drifts, the sort of thing I got into in my … Continue reading
I was sitting around, minding my own business, thinking about the closest brushes with death I had back in the days of The San Francisco Suicide Club (1977-1982). When suddenly into the Inbox hops Scott Connors, exclaiming: “Found another one!” … Continue reading