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
Okay. I’m calling it. Time to set the clock on the Great Extinction Event. I was thinking about what little note to post today in acknowledgment of the birth of Robert E. Howard one hundred and thirteen years ago, when Brian Leno — … Continue reading
Today marks the anniversary of Hammett’s death on January 10, 1961, and in one of the weirder coincidences of all time, also the death of Hammett devotee Joe Gores, same date in 2011 — exactly fifty years to the day … Continue reading
One hundred years ago today Charles Willeford was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. January 2, 1919-March 27, 1988 — and that March 27th happened to be Palm Sunday, that year. One of the absolute greats.
Somewhere around here I have a postcard from Donald Westlake saying something like, “Beer? Beer? Surely we can settle this in a civilized fashion.” Years ago I went to a big writers deal in Fort Lauderdale, and Westlake was there, … Continue reading
The last few days have been devoted to the glory and the grandeur — and the morass — of that old hobby, collecting Arkham House ephemera items. Paul Dobish, the book dealer who helped with some dope for my article … Continue reading
While I’m knocking out fast, easy blog posts, I noticed that my most recent review for PW made it through edit 90-95% intact. Whoa. Guess I can link to that one. Crime novel, London neo-noir sort of thing. Surf over … Continue reading
Chad Calkins just tipped me to a feature in the New York Times where their in-house book critics do a year’s end roundup, of interest here because they are asked about older titles they may have read in 2018. Dwight … Continue reading
Hey, some books may deserve to be forgotten. Inspired by reading my little biographical eBook on Robert E. Howard, Famous Someday — at this moment no.2 on the Kindle Horror Litcrit Bestseller list, for what that’s worth — (And my … Continue reading
What was I thinking? In the post a month plus back where I kind of talked myself into rereading Brian McNaughton’s The Throne of Bones for Halloween, I realized that somehow I managed to put forth this opinion: McNaughton bears … Continue reading
When Tom Krabacher came to town the other day to hang on a feedbag filled with gooey duck, he brought along a copy of a book he helped assemble, Woodland, in Acadia Publishing’s sprawling Images of America series. I was … Continue reading