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Move Over LA: ‘Sunset City’ Uses Houston as Noir Crime Setting

When you think of noir crime novels, Los Angeles often comes to mind as a setting. But author Melissa Ginsburg has set her new crime noir novel Sunset City in Houston. That’s because she’s from here. Ginsburg lived in Houston through most of her 20s. Sunset City — her debut novel — is a story […]

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Sunset City Book Cover - Melissa GinsburgWhen you think of noir crime novels, Los Angeles often comes to mind as a setting. But author Melissa Ginsburg has set her new crime noir novel Sunset City in Houston. That's because she's from here. Ginsburg lived in Houston through most of her 20s.

Sunset City — her debut novel — is a story about two estranged friends who are reunited shortly before one friend's murder. The surviving friend, Charlotte, tries to understand the untimely death of her friend, Danielle, by digging deeper into her life in the seedy underworld of Houston.

Ginsburg tells Michael Hagerty why she wanted to set the novel here and about the role Houston plays in the story.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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