Dashiell Hammett

A Hammett anniversary run

I have enjoyed a run through some of the Baltimore sites related to famous mystery author Dashiell Hammett, just in time for the 50th anniversary of his death, which will be Monday. Here's how it goes:

I start my Saturday run at the Baltimore Sun headquarters. While Hammett mentions newspapers frequently in his stories, I have to admit that I'm just beginning here because it's the easiest place to start.

The first stop of any real relevance on my run is a building at the southeast corner of Calvert and Baltimore streets. Currently used for a variety of purposes, including an HR office for the city, it was once the home of Baltimore's Pinkerton bureau. Hammett's years as a...