Santa Teresa (fictional city)

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Santa Teresa has been used by several authors as the name of an invented city.

Ross Macdonald[edit]

Santa Teresa was created by Ross Macdonald as a fictionalised version of Santa Barbara, California in his mystery The Moving Target (1949).[1] In his book The Underground Man (1971), he again uses Santa Teresa as the principal locale.

Sue Grafton[edit]

In the 1980s, the writer Sue Grafton began using a fictional Santa Teresa as the setting for her novels featuring her lead character Kinsey Millhone, a fictional female private investigator.[2] Millhone is the protagonist of Grafton's "alphabet mysteries" series of novels.[3][4] Grafton chose the setting as a tribute to Macdonald, an acknowledged influence.[5] In the Kinsey Millhone version, the town has a population of 85,000 and has a small airport.

Roberto Bolaño[edit]

Roberto Bolaño set his novel 2666 (2004) in a northern Mexican city called Santa Teresa.[6] The novel features female homicides as central theme, inspired largely by female homicides in Ciudad Juárez. This fictional city had already appeared in his earlier novel The Savage Detectives.[7]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Priestman, Martin (2003). The Cambridge Companion to Crime Fiction. Cambridge University Press. 
  2. ^ Everett, Todd (1991-05-23). "Mystery Town: Whodunit author Sue Grafton lives in Santa Barbara and sets her tales in Santa Teresa". Los Angeles Times. p. J15. 
  3. ^ Hawkes, Ellen (1990-02-18). "G IS FOR GRAFTON Instead of Killing Her Ex-Husband, Sue Grafton Created a Smart-Mouthed, Hard-Boiled (and Incidentally Female) Detective Named Kinsey Millhone". Los Angeles Times Magazine. p. 20. 
  4. ^ Natalie Hevener Kaufman, Carol McGinnis Kay (1997). "G" Is for Grafton: The World of Kinsey Millhone (Hardcover ed.). Henry Holt and Company. ISBN 0-8050-5446-4. 
  5. ^ Nolan, Tom. "Ross Macdonald". BookSense. Archived from the original on May 18, 2008. Retrieved August 5, 2017. 
  6. ^ Kirsch, Adam. "Slouching Towards Santa Teresa". Slate. 
  7. ^ Zalewski, Daniel. "Vagabonds". The New Yorker.