Santa Teresa (fictional city)

Santa Teresa (fictional city)

Santa Teresa is a fictionalised version of Santa Barbara, California created by Ross Macdonald in his 1949 mystery novel "The Moving Target". [cite book |last=Priestman |first=Martin |title=The Cambridge Companion to Crime Fiction |publisher=Cambridge University Press |url=,++macdonald+Lew+Archer.&num=100&sig=zmmb6nnDU4Usxi-AjbrlKh_oStQ |year=2003]

In the 1980s, Santa Teresa became home to Kinsey Millhone, a fictional female private investigator created by Sue Grafton.cite news |work=Los Angeles Times |title=Mystery Town: Whodunit author Sue Grafton lines in Santa Barbara and sets her tales in Santa Teresa |date=1991-05-23 |first=Todd |last=Everett |page=J15] Millhone is the protagonist of Grafton's ongoing "alphabet mysteries" series of novels. [cite news |work=Los Angeles Times Magazine |title=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 |date=1990-02-18 |first=Ellen |last=Hawkes |page=20] [cite book |author=Natalie Hevener Kaufman, Carol McGinnis Kay |title="G" Is for Grafton: The World of Kinsey Millhone |publisher=Henry Holt and Company |id=ISBN 0-8050-5446-4 |edition=Hardcover |year=1997] Grafton chose the setting as a tribute to Macdonald, an acknowledged influence. [cite news |url= |title=Ross Macdonald |first=Tom |last=Nolan |work=BookSense |accessdate=2008-06-01] In the Kinsey Millhone version, the town has a population of 85,000 and has a small airport.


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