I have realized, the more I think about my story and characters, I don't really know where my story is taking place! I do know it takes place in the US but I guess I'm not really sure which city it should take place in. I want a place where there can be moody weather (at least during certain times of the year), a place that has some real grittiness to it in some areas but could also be the home of the wealthy in another. A place you wouldn't be surprised to find forefront advances in business, academics, and law. So I'm thinking that this story is taking place in a major city. I had originally wanted to write it taking place in Southern California because that is where I live and what I know, but I just don't think that will work. People are just going to think of "Sunny California" and while there are areas of business or education, I don't really see any of these as epicenters. Some other ideas I'm having are Washington DC, New York, Philadelphia, or Chicago. (I also briefly pondered San Francisco, but that didn't feel quite right either.) Do any of these cities seem reasonable places where you might find crime and an underground feel right alongside the wealthy and influential?