RARA-AVIS: Re:Hammett Hang Out

From: JIM DOHERTY ( jimdohertyjr@yahoo.com)
Date: 05 Apr 2007


Not only did Hammett use the Bay Area suburb Half Moon Bay as a locale for one of his Op stories, but Ross Macdonald, used it as well.

In one of his Lew Archer novels, I think it might have been THE ZEBRA-STRIPED HEARSE, Archer confers with a San Mateo County deputy sheriff who works out of HMB's substation. He describes the town fairly accurately so that anyone who was familiar with the place would recognize it.

Oddly, however, just as he referred to Santa Barbara by the fictionalized pseudonym of "Santa Teresa," he called Half Moon Bay "Luna Bay."


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