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I once read a short story that was set in Huntsville, Alabama, that mentioned "the bypass." Now bypasses are a feature of a lot of smallish towns, but Huntsville, despite being in Alabama, is not a small town, and it doesn't have a bypass. That small detail immediately tossed me right out of the story and I couldn't really get back in. What was it they always say? Oh, yeah, "Write what you know."

Tom W.

Troy would have been more like it....


It's a damned good thing there are relatively few detective stories set in Honolulu. One of the things we residents used to enjoy about the original "Hawaii 5-0" was noting the impossibilities of traffic seen in the plots. "Wait," we'd say. "You're on the Pali Highway and suddenly you're out in Waianae? Man, that road doesn't go there."

The new version is better about this stuff.

Bill Altreuter

When I want Albany realism I go to William Kennedy.

Lance Mannion

Bill, I wish Mosley had followed your example.

Mark, the maddening thing to me is that Mosley could have gotten to know Albany fairly easily. It's not that big a town and, like I said, it's only a short hop from the City. One day of walking around downtown would have filled a notebook. He should have gone up and taken a look around. And taken the train.

Tom, Troy don't get no respect.

Link, now I've got the Hawaii Five-O theme stuck in my head.


Janet Evanovich does a good job describing New Jersey. And Chandler does 1930s/40s Los Angeles very well. (The fatal flaw in the recent TV version of Mildred Pierce was that it completely failed to capture the feeling of Los Angeles, beginning first and foremost with the quality of its light.)

Tom  Coombe

I was just thinking about this problem as it relates to TV shows that show rural Pennsylvania being policed by sheriffs deputies, while anyone who actually lives here knows that's not what deputies do.

But I digress...the problem I've had with the first two McGill books is that he's just not an interesting character when compared to Easy Rawlins (or even the duo in Mosley's Fearless Jones novels).


I've read the book and it seems like Mosley is stuck in some strange universe where "Shaft" is still a hit. He's increasingly disconnected from his current time, much like Parker was in his later Spenser books.

And the Mildred Pierce adaptation had New York playing the part of Glendale, CA, due to the irony of tax incentives. In any rational world it's the other way around.

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