We're out of hardboiled or noir territory now, but I like Joan Hess's
series, and Arkansas police chief Arly Hanks's mother operates a seedy,
Joy, replying to herself
Joy Matkowski wrote:
> John Hart's Down River starts off in a seedy motel, the motel's seedy
> owner appears throughout the book, and the son of the motel owner kicks
> off the plot.
> And didn't Hoke Moseley live in a seedy motel? And Bubba
> Mabry---didn't he live in a really seedy motel when he started detecting?
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