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The Dashiell Hammett Tour:
Thirtieth Anniversary Guidebook
by Don Herron
Preface by Jo Hammett
Introduction by Charles Willeford

In this expanded and revised thirtieth-anniversary edition, Don Herron's The Dashiell Hammett Tour guides you over the fog-shrouded hills stalked by Sam Spade, the Continental Op, and other legendary characters created by Dashiell Hammett, San Francisco's most famous mystery writer.

  • See every known place where Hammett lived in the City.
  • Visit the majority of settings from The Maltese Falcon.
  • Prowl back alleys where the Continental Op fought hard-boiled crooks with a blazing .38.
  • Shadow Sam Spade in his quest for a mysterious black bird.
  • Follow Hammett himself as he works for the Pinkerton's Detective Agency on the infamous Fatty Arbuckle case.
  • See the spot where Spade's partner Miles Archer met his swift death in the night-fog.

This thirtieth-anniversary edition includes a new preface by Jo Hammett and an introduction by best-selling author Charles Willeford. Herron sets the stage with a concise overview of Hammett and his works. The tour sections include 8 maps for self-guided walking or driving tours, step-by-step directions, detailed descriptions of 40 sites, and dozens of photos showing mysterious sites then and now.

In a new afterword, Herron explains the origin of the Dashiell Hammett Tour, and tells of famous people and exciting events he encountered during his thirty years leading the tour.

About the writers

Don Herron has led the Dashiell Hammett Tour in San Francisco since 1977, becoming a living institution in the City by the Bay. He is the author of The Literary World of San Francisco, as well as Willeford, a biography of crime writer Charles Willeford, and The Dark Barbarian, on writer Robert E. Howard. Herron has appeared frequently in the media, including PBS and BBC television. He figures he reached the peak of his fame when he turned up on the television quiz show Jeopardy!. Category: American Cities. "The city in which Don Herron leads the Dashiell Hammett Tour." The button is hit. "What is San Francisco?" Of course.

Jo Hammett was nominated for an Edgar Award for her biography Dashiell Hammett: A Daughter Remembers. She was editorial advisor for Selected Letters of Dashiell Hammett, as well as the author of that book's introduction, "A Reasonable Amount of Trouble."

Charles Willeford (1919-1988) is best known for his best-selling hardboiled novels about police detective Hoke Moseley. He served as a soldier, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was mystery critic for the Miami Herald, and taught at the University of Miami. Three of his sixteen novels have been made into movies.

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The Dashiell Hammett Tour is the fourth title in The Ace Performer Collection, a new series of books by and about Dashiell Hammett, crowned "the ace performer" by his disciple Raymond Chandler.

8 maps, 2 illustrations, 60 photographs; 224 pages. Trade hardcover edition publication date March 16, 2009, $19.95 U.S./$24.95 Canada, Hardcover ISBN 978-0-9725898-7-1 SOLD OUT
Paperback ISBN 978-0-9825650-0-1 SOLD OUT

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