Santa Barbara (Santa Theresa)

"Nothing is wrong with Southern California that a rise in the ocean level wouldn't cure."

-- Ross MacDonald

Macdonald first coined the name Santa Theresa, using it for his thinly disguised version of Santa Barbara. Sue Grafton later adopted it as the hometown of Kinsey Milhone.

And if it doesn't have to be Santa Barbara proper:

  • Wil Hardesty by Richard Barre' (La Conchita, a "little beach community between Ventura and Santa Barbara.")

Respectfully compiled by Kevin Burton Smith, with very special thanks to Jan.

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