With this book, I've moved south from Davis, California, to the city of my birth, Oakland.
The book is Gun,With Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem and it's a very strange Oakland indeed. It takes place in an unspecified future in a dystopian Oakland. As I say in my review: "It's an Oakland where you need a license to ask other people questions. It's an Oakland where drugs are not only legal, but de rigeur. It's an Oakland were "evolution therapy" has made not only intelligent animals, but also intelligent toddlers, or "babyheads"."
This is also a noir mystery that Chandler would be proud to call home. I really enjoyed it.
My next book I will move across the bay to one of my favorite cities, San Francisco.