"The King of Methlehem," a novel by Tacoma drug prosecutor Mark Lindquist, is set in and around Tacoma. While the book's tweeker antagonist doesn't have much need for food, Lindquist's detective hero knows his dining and drinking spots.
I scanned the book at tweeker speed. Here are references to local restaurants, including one whole chapter set in Le-Le, where a News Tribune reporter sips bubble tea in the corner.
Since the book's main tweeker goes by the name Howard Schultz, it's fitting that Starbucks references litter the book.
For more about Mark Lindquist and "The King of Methlehem," read a profile of the prosecutor/author by my colleague Debbie Caffazo in Monday's News Tribune.
Starbucks pp. 2, 47, 96, 195, 199, 217
Sizzler in Puyallup, p. 7
Syren, p. 22
Fujiya, p. 22
Sea Grill, p. 22
Cutter's Point Coffee, p. 29
The Swiss, pp. 88, 176
Johnny's Dock, p. 126
Blue Olive, p. 126
Shakebrah, p. 164
The Parkway Tavern, p. 164
West End Pub and Grill, p. 164
The Spar, p. 165
Bertolino's Coffee Bar, p. 169
21 Commerc e, p. 176
Kickstand Café, p. 200
Le-Le, pp. 211-217 ("Everybody Comes to Le-Le's" chapter)
Here are a couple of almost-Tacoma references:
On page 31, a character pulls a chocolate and almond candy from her purse. But it's Almond Joy, not Tacoma's Almond Roca.
On page 101, Lindquist references MSM – but it's the dietary supplement for horses that's used to cut methamphetamine, not the Sixth Avenue deli.