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Actual locales in the San Francisco Bay area
 that inspired some of the locales in the novel.

Inspiration for Danny's Topanga Canyon Home
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This home is known as the Sun Clock house and is located in the San Francisco Bay area.

From Chapter Twenty-One - TOPANGA CANYON

 

I pulled up to the address Danny gave me.  Then looked to double check it.  Sure enough, the opulent residence rising up before me belonged to Danny. 

           

His house was nothing short of incredible.  A perfectly proportioned composition of stuccoed surfaces and railed decks, angling down across a corner lot.  The peachy-beige exterior contrasted with a tiled overhang of terra cotta.  Slivers of deep blue edged narrow metal window frames. 

 

Inspiration for Danny's Landscaping
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Different home but with the perfect natural landscape I imagined

From Chapter Twenty-One - TOPANGA CANYON
 
The house was complemented by a natural landscape of succulents, wildflowers, and native California grasses, all in muted shades of gray and sage, with an occasional flare of lapis blue. 

Inspiration for Sandy Cove locale
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The cove at San Pablo Bay

From Chapter Thirty-Three - SANDY COVE SPORTSMAN'S CLUB

 

A scattered flock of abandoned vehicles and decaying boats loitered amidst hunks of rusty machinery.  A mud-covered bulldozer hunkered down next to a drooping crane.  Piles of rubbish were sorted into scrap metal, wood, and huge, gnawed chunks of styrofoam.  Not a human being or animal in sight.  Only a half dozen cawing gulls balanced on rotting stumps and a solitary long-legged tern making a tortuous, spiraled track in the mud.  

Charlie's Final Destination?
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An old winery at Point Molate

Chapter Thirty-Five - POINT MOLATE
 
As I rounded the next curve, my heart skipped a beat.  Along the shoreline rose a medieval-looking red brick building, stately parapets edging its top. 

Deserted quarters at Point Molate
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Will Charlie find help here?

Chapter Thirty-Five - POINT MOLATE

 

Across from it, a row of peaked roofs topped identical yellow houses, set atop gray stone foundations.  They had the familiar look of officers housing.