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.”
Tag Archives: Jeopardy!
Noticed that Hammett made the cut for Jeopardy! one more time last year. December 13. The Double Jeopardy! Round. Category: Books of the 1930s. The $1200 clew: “The title of this book that spawned several movies didn’t refer to its … Continue reading
As I was just reporting, Jeopardy! didn’t have any Hammett clews in March — but they snuck in another Up and Down These Mean Streets favorite that was much more of a surprise. March 31, snowballing toward Final Jeopardy, with a … Continue reading
Remember that just in January I mentioned that the quiz show Jeopardy! seemed to be using Hammett and his works more and more often for clews? On February 19 they struck again! Category: Literary Quotes. The $1000 slot. Statement: “This … Continue reading
Before I forget to mention it, yet another entry in the ongoing saga of the quiz show Jeopardy! riffling through Hammett’s life and work for clews. He’s not as much of a constant as the Periodic Table of Elements or … Continue reading
In July I reported on Hammett showing up in another round of Jeopardy! and said: Will they eventually run out of Hammett clews — or is “Who is Dashiell Hammett?” an endless source? I wasn’t worried about the well running dry. You’ve … Continue reading
As I’ve reported on a few times, the quiz show Jeopardy! just loves Hammett trivia. On Wednesday June 24 our favorite gumshoe/crime writer popped up again in the category A Bit About Authors, the $2000 clew: For refusing to testify … Continue reading
Oh, yeah — on the episode of Jeopardy! broadcast on January 9, a category in the Double Jeopardy! round was titled Arlington National Cemetery. The $2000 clew (supposedly the most difficult) read: A veteran of both world wars, this creator … Continue reading
In the image above, the tour stops to gander the plaque marking 811 Geary Street, notable — per the plaque, and it is just true — as the building where Fritz Leiber wrote his novel Our Lady of Darkness. One … Continue reading
Hammett and The Maltese Falcon have become quite the staples on Jeopardy! By no means do I report on each instance — most recent one I thought worth notice was when Hammett and 891 Post actually got mentioned on the show, and … Continue reading