by Don Herron


1997, Dennis McMillan, Tucson, Arizona. 470 pages. Black cloth with gold gilt. Dust jacket.

The author, who has written several books and articles about Dashiell Hammett (and hosted a "Hammett" tour in San Francisco), met Willeford in 1984. The book is made up of sort of a hodge-podge of vignettes about personal observations, stories and literary observations covering each of Willeford's writings. An interesting layout, which he handles very well. One chapter (over a hundred pages) contains conversations between Herron and Willeford. Of special interest is a 70+ page bibliography of Willeford's books, articles and even his reviews (he wrote book reviews for several periodicals early in his career.).