Sunday, July 15, 2012

Dashiell Hammett's San Francisco Hotel Suite

Alan Pierleoni at the Sacramento Bee wrote about his stay at the San Francisco hotel the great crime writer Dashiell Hammett once called home.

Recently, we camped at the Hotel Union Square, a refurbished showplace built in 1913 for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition.

... One very special room is No. 505, the Dashiell Hammett Suite. It's been staged to evoke the memory of Hammett, a pioneer of "hard-boiled" detective fiction ("The Maltese Falcon," "The Continental Op," the lighter "Thin Man" series).

In the 1920s, Hammett worked across the street in the Flood Building as a PI for the Pinkerton Detective Agency. For a while, he lived in Room 505 at the then-Golden West Hotel, where he sat at a desk overlooking the streets below and typed his San Francisco-based mysteries.

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1 comment:

  1. And now, here's Hammett authority Don Herron with an opposing point of view: