|Why grouch at home when you can go to Amazon? A few minutes looking for local color and not finding much.|
First of all, I have never heard anyone refer to "Morro Bay Rock" (as at p. 32). It's Morro Rock or simply the Rock. It's certainly not "the rock" (47). Nobody ever refers to high protruding "mesas" around SLO. None of the row of extinct volcanoes is called a mesa. Santa Maria is south of SLO, but 15 miles (98) would not get you there, and while Morro Bay has around 10,000 inhabitants Santa Maria has around 10 times that (see 98). If there is a ranger station at Morro Rock (121) I have missed it somehow. As to the abandonment by the pelicans (124) and the miraculous return of one, just one (327), I am surprised, since they don't take lengthy vacations. Yesterday I saw a V formation of pelicans--12 on one leg and 13 or so on the other. Paso Robles (140) is not on the coast. Santa Maria (149) is not 30 miles south of Morro Bay. Now, Gross is not playing with fictionalizing his terrain like Sue Grafton, so I expect minimal accuracy. I just skimmed for geography after I saw that inaccuracies were accumulating, so this is not a critique of the plot of EYES WIDE OPEN. I did not read every page carefully.
Think of what a mystery writer owes the reader. Whatever Grafton does is OK because we all know she is fictionalizing her terrain. But take John Sandford. I like Sandford in Minnesota better than when he goes to NYC or LA, but I can't fault his geography in NYC (granted I have not spent serious time there since 1962) and can't fault it at all in LA (where I lived a long time). John Camp respects the reader, bless him. Every mystery writer should show such respect.