Category Archives: Dash

Mort: Gus Konstin

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

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Hammett: Jesse Sublett on Big Book of the Op

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

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Hammett: The Too Big Book of the Op

While the appearance of The Big Book of the Continental Op late last year was a boon to Hammett readers, who had been unable to easily get their paws on texts for the stories — much less pure texts derived from … Continue reading

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Hammett: And Wandrei

John D. Haefele’s blurbage on Creeps by Night nudged me to get my copy of the Belmont paperback The Red Brain off the Donald Wandrei/E. Hoffmann Price/H. Warner Munn shelf where it lives, to look into once more. The Don/Ed/Harold … Continue reading

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Hammett: And Derleth

Yesterday we had a guest post from Brian Leno, and today John D. Haefele drops back into the action. Want to find out what August Derleth of Arkham House had to do with Creeps by Night, the anthology of weird fiction edited … Continue reading

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Hammett: The Clew Pile Hit Again

They just wrapped up the annual Teachers Tournament on Jeopardy! and what do you know, eased yet another Hammett puzzler into the action. On May 15, Double Jeopardy! Round, $2000 clew under the banner of Mysteries & Thrillers: “The Thin … Continue reading

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Frisco Beat: Lon Chaney Hits the Old Mint Again!

If you’ve ever caught the 1920 Lon Chaney silent flick The Penalty, you no doubt remember the sequence where Lon and his mob are looting the Old Mint on the corner of Fifth and Mission. On Thursday March 29 — and, … Continue reading

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Hammett: A Clew Pile or a Deck of Cards?

Jeopardy! dealt another Hammett clew into the show yesterday, March 6 — in the Category Facts About Fiction. The $800 clew: Dashiell Hammett introduced Sam Spade in this novel Yeah, an easy one. One guy got it with the correct … Continue reading

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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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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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