Chasing the Tumbleweed is a story about violent crime and a violent criminal, although there’s not a lot of blood and gore in the pages of the book. We’re fascinated by solving crimes–witness the multitude of television shows like CSI and all its spin-offs, ditto Law & Order, and the fascinating new shows, Person of Interest and Elementary. (A clue–if you read through this post, you’ll find an opportunity to enter two contests.)
I don’t know about you, but I like intricate mystery and suspense stories. I’m not so crazy about having violent crime (which the FBI defines as murder, manslaughter, forcible rape–I’m not sure exactly what non-forcible rape is– robbery, and aggravated assault) visited upon my person. Still, it’s intriging in a purely abstract way.
I’ve spent a lot of time driving through Nevada. Blame it on geography. I inherited “itchy feet” from my grandfather and I like to explore. (Fortunately, my DH agrees with me!) I grew up in New Jersey and kept moving west. Interstate 80 goes across Nevada and my various vehicles and I have made the trip far too often to remember. Driving across Nevada makes readings of Basin and Range by John McPhee very memorable.
Does Nevada have the highest percentage of violent crime? According to the FBI’s 2011 survey, no. That honor goes to Tennessee (.6082), followed closely by Alaska (.6065%). Nevada has a mere .5621%. But Nevada just looks like one of those states where the crime should be high. In the height of summer, the heat rising from the high desert floor adds to the tension of the drive.
Nevada is miles and miles of miles and miles. Once you get out of the casinos, you’ll find a lot of small towns with a lot of sand. There are major sand dunes, the route of the Pony Express (a surprisingly short-lived enterprise of only 18 months), a tree full of shoes on the self-proclaimed “Loneliest Highway in America.” The interesting parts of Nevada are the nooks and crannies of the state, places like Austin, close to the location of Chasing the Tumbleweed.
Place can be an incredible character within a novel. Think of Manderley in Rebecca or the Stanley Hotel in The Shining. For Chasing the Tumbleweed, Nevada plays a significant role to create hot summer nights of suspense and romance.
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