The 509 Crime Stories
The 509 Short Stories
What is the 509?
Separated by the Cascade Range, Washington State is divided into two distinctly different climates and cultures.
The western side of the Cascades is home to Seattle, its 34 inches of annual rainfall, and the incredibly weird and smelly Gum Wall. Most of the state’s wealth and political power is concentrated in and around this enormous city. The residents of this area know the prosperity that has come from being the home of Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing, and Starbucks.
To the east of the Cascade Mountains lies nearly two-thirds of the entire state, a lot of which is used for agriculture. Washington State leads the nation in producing apples, it is the second largest potato grower, and it’s the fifth for providing wheat.
This eastern part of the state can enjoy more than 170 days of sunshine each year, which is important when there are more than 200 lakes nearby. However, the beautiful summers are offset by harsh winters, with average snowfall reaching 47 inches and the average high hovering around 37°.
While five telephone area codes provide service to the westside, only 509 covers everything east of the Cascades, a staggering twenty-one counties.
Of these, Spokane County is the largest with an estimated population of 506,000.
It's here where my crime novels live. I love this part of the world and hope to share it with you!