Most all of the events in the Ray Courage books take place in and around Sacramento. I get lots of questions about various locations in the book. Below is information about some of them. If I missed any, please feel free to e-mail and ask me to update this list.
Arden Hills Tennis Club – actually called Arden Hills Resort & Spa, this is where Ray staves off the advances of a determined cougar in Courage Begins.
California Automobile Museum – in a back room, Lieutenant Trujillo briefs Ray on how the sting will go in Courage Matters.
Crocker Art Museum – the lavish Sacramento Real Estate Awards ceremony take place here with Bate Real Estate taking one of the top honors in Courage Begins.
Del Paso Country Club – Ray confronts Lionel Stroud during a round of golf in Courage Matters.
Dream Girl Centerfolds – loosely based on Gold Club Centerfolds in Rancho Cordova, this is where Ray quizzes a suspect about a murder in Courage Matters.
Ella Restaurant – Garrett Bate has drinks with a few friends here the night his wife is killed in Courage Begins.
Espresso Metro – this funky coffee bar is located in Land Park next to City College. Ray meets his old flame Jill Stroud here in Courage Matters.
Freeport Grill – the actual full name is Freeport Bar & Grill, the place Ray stops for coffee and learns an old rumor about who might have killed his wife thirteen years before in Courage Resurrected.
Hyatt Regency Sacramento – Security cameras put Garrett Bate in this hotel overnight while his wife is murdered at Lake Tahoe in Courage Begins.
Iron Grill – Police Detective Carla Thurber hassles Ray as he eats a turkey sandwich at the bar in Courage Resurrected.
Jamie’s – Ray chats up a disenchanted Andrew Norris in Courage Matters in this popular restaurant on Broadway.
La Bou (by the zoo) – Ray has breakfast here in Courage Matters.
Lucca – Andrew Norris has an unpleasant lunch with a client while Ray observes surreptitiously from the bar in Courage Matters.
Marriott Courtyard (Rancho Cordova) – to stay out of harms way from a gangster, Ray spends the night at this hotel before starting the plot to bring down his foe in Courage Matters.
Noah’s Bagels (Fair Oaks Blvd) – two thugs make it a bad morning for Ray in this parking lot in Courage Matters.
Paragary’s – Ray has lunch with Rebecca Tampini at this restaurant on 28th Street in Courage Matters.
Raley Field – though he’s a big baseball fan, Ray doesn’t get to watch much of the action as he hassles a shady accountant in Courage Matters.
Riverside Clubhouse – probably Jill and Ray’s first real “date” since getting back together in Courage Matters.
Say Hey – this is the main bar where Ray hangs out, owned by his pal and investigative partner Rubia. Though this is a fictional location, it is very roughly patterned after the old Joe Marty’s, both in terms of location and theme.
The Club Pheasant – the endgame in Courage Resurrected is supposed to happen here.
The Waterboy – renamed “Horner’s” in the book after fictional Hall of Fame Quarterback Tommy Horner, Ray and Rubia encounter the famous quarterback and learn about a shakedown that may have started there in Courage Matters.
Western Feed & Pet Supply – Andrew Norris’s ex-girlfriend gets some bad news at work here in Courage Matters.
Sacramento Neighborhoods and other nearby locations
Lake of the Pines
Sacramento City College
Sacramento International Airport
Sacramento State University