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Subject: Books with specific locations (malls, airports, diners, hotels etc.)
Date Posted: 8/11/2008 1:11 PM ET
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I really enjoy books that take place in one location (not a home).

Does any one have any recommendations of books that take place in malls, restaurants, airports, trains, diners, hotels, or anything like that?

I'm open to any genre!

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Date Posted: 8/11/2008 3:49 PM ET
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A portion of Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts takes place in Wal-Mart.

Date Posted: 8/12/2008 8:48 AM ET
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That's a tough one.  I can think of movies like this, but few books spring to mind, especially if you eliminate a home setting.  Try Airport by Arthur Hailey, The Fight of the Phoenix by Elleston Trevor, and Land Below the Wind by Agnes Newton Keith.  The latter takes place in Borneo with the bulk of the story taking place in an internment camp; it is a true story and one of the best books I've ever read.  All have been made into movies at some point, but the books are far superior. 

Date Posted: 8/12/2008 9:01 AM ET
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You might like Hotel Babylon by Imogen Edwards.  The entire book takes place within 24 hours at a luxury hotel.  It's non-fiction.

Date Posted: 8/12/2008 9:42 AM ET
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Murder on the Orient Express...classic Agatha Christie. 

Date Posted: 8/12/2008 12:20 PM ET
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Conrad Allen has a series Murder on the __________ (insert name of a cruise ship).  They take place in the early 1900's and feature 2 on board detectives named George and Genevieve.  Go to www.stopyourekillingme.com for the list of books.

Date Posted: 8/12/2008 4:04 PM ET
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Almost all of Lee Child's books take place in a variety of places.  He is a mystery writer and his books are all with the same character, Jack Reacher.  Great reads.

Date Posted: 8/12/2008 4:48 PM ET
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This one takes place on a train:

The Edge  Author: Dick Francis


Date Posted: 8/12/2008 5:20 PM ET
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Arthur Hailey has another one "Hotel"  that takes place in a hotel, following the employees and guests.

Date Posted: 8/12/2008 8:30 PM ET
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Not sure if a play would interest you, but the play Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose takes place entirely in a single room where a jury is sequestored.  It's a great play (although it's from, like 1957 so it might be a tad dated), but I remember really enjoying it back in high school.

Date Posted: 8/12/2008 9:25 PM ET
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I second Hotel Babylon.

Date Posted: 8/12/2008 9:35 PM ET
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Oh... I second Twelve Angry Men... and you could always watch the movie afterward which is good too.

Date Posted: 8/12/2008 9:55 PM ET
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Lots of good suggestions here!  Thanks so much!

I've wishlisted Hotel Babylon, and am looking into a few of the others.

I've seen the movie version of 12 Angry Men, and think I might read the play.

ETA: I'm also going to order Airport by Hailey, as it combines two of my favorite things: one location and a snowstorm with the potential for stranding people in that one location!

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