Santa Teresa (fictional city)
For the neighborhood in southern San Jose, California, USA, see Santa Teresa, San Jose, California.
Santa Teresa has been used by several authors as the name of an invented city.
He used it again in several others of his works, including The Galton Case (1959), The Instant Enemy (1968), and The Underground Man (1971).
Millhone is the protagonist of Grafton's "alphabet mysteries" series of novels.
Grafton chose the setting as a tribute to Macdonald, an acknowledged influence.
In the Kinsey Millhone version, the town has a population of 85,000 and has a small airport.
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”.
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.
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.
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