I mentioned in a previous post that Meet Hook is set in Kansas City and uses a mix real, fictitious, and occasionally defunct locations. At last year's Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City Race for the Cure I was able to point out a few of these places to friends and family walking with Sandy and me since the route went through neighborhoods mentioned in the story. Hook's home (the Western Auto Building) and Wild Bill's Bar and Grill (still closed) were two places we "ran" past.
One organization referenced early in the book is extremely important to the story and is very much a real place: The Kansas City Pet Project. Two of our kitties are rescues so it was important to me that Hook's sidekick be adopted from a shelter as well. The KC Pet Project is a no-kill shelter and does outstanding work. See their website (http://kcpetproject.org/) for more information on adopting a pet or making a donation.