Many places have informed the CW McCoy crime series. While the books are set in the fictional Florida coastal town of Spanish Point, both Sarasota city and county provided much of the inspiration for Candace and her cast.
Over the past five years, I’ve taken hundreds of photos throughout the region, focusing on the places where CW, Walter Bishop and others might live, work and do their worst. From the office building of One Sarasota Tower to the Sunday night drum circle on Siesta Beach, they illustrate the lives of people struggling to adjust to a changing world. (Full disclosure: I didn’t take the photo of kd Lang, although I did see Tony Bennett in concert at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center in Sarasota.)
I’ve enjoyed reviewing the images that inspired Peak Season and Tourist in Paradise. I thought you might enjoy them, too.
Tony Bennett and kd lang make their debut in crime fiction in “Peak Season.”
Anna Maria Island City Pier, one of the models for Spanish Point Fish Camp in both CW McCoy novels
Mascot of the Sarasota Sheriff’s Office Animal Services unit, Sugar Bear is the model for the abandoned dog in “Tourist in Paradise”
Sarasota’s Bayfront Park, where Bobby Lee Darby meets his fate in “Peak Season”
One Sarasota Tower, model for offices of Mitch Palmer and Casey Laine in CW McCoy novels
Bradenton’s Riverwalk, the inspiration for Baywalk in “Peak Season”
John Ringling’s Cà d’Zan, site of attack on Tommy Thompson’s condo project in “Tourist in Paradise”