Santa Teresa (fictional city)

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For the neighborhood in southern San Jose, California, USA, see Santa Teresa, San Jose, California. Santa Teresa (fictional city)_sentence_0

Santa Teresa has been used by several authors as the name of an invented city. Santa Teresa (fictional city)_sentence_1

Ross Macdonald Santa Teresa (fictional city)_section_0

Santa Teresa was created by Ross Macdonald as a fictionalised version of Santa Barbara, California, in his mystery The Moving Target (1949). Santa Teresa (fictional city)_sentence_2

He used it again in several others of his works, including The Galton Case (1959), The Instant Enemy (1968), and The Underground Man (1971). Santa Teresa (fictional city)_sentence_3

Sue Grafton Santa Teresa (fictional city)_section_1

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. Santa Teresa (fictional city)_sentence_4

Millhone is the protagonist of Grafton's "alphabet mysteries" series of novels. Santa Teresa (fictional city)_sentence_5

Grafton chose the setting as a tribute to Macdonald, an acknowledged influence. Santa Teresa (fictional city)_sentence_6

In the Kinsey Millhone version, the town has a population of 85,000 and has a small airport. Santa Teresa (fictional city)_sentence_7

Nearby, Grafton describes a fictional “luxury residential development” laid out on a sprawling expanse of land called Horton Ravine, which “once belonged to one family, but is now divided into million-dollar parcels”. Santa Teresa (fictional city)_sentence_8

Although the fictional private investigator Kinsey Millhone acknowledges that “rich is rich”, she contrasts “‘new’ money” Horton Ravine to the “‘old’ money” graciousness of nearby Montebello, a thinly-disguised tribute to real-life Montecito, California. Santa Teresa (fictional city)_sentence_9

Roberto Bolaño Santa Teresa (fictional city)_section_2

Roberto Bolaño set his novel 2666 (2004) primarily in a northern Mexican city called Santa Teresa. Santa Teresa (fictional city)_sentence_10

The novel features female homicides as central theme, inspired largely by female homicides in Ciudad Juárez. Santa Teresa (fictional city)_sentence_11

This fictional city had already appeared in his earlier novel The Savage Detectives. Santa Teresa (fictional city)_sentence_12

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