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Tucson, Arizona
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Orin Incandenza is a punter for the Arizona Cardinals. The novel begins, chronologically, at the end, with Orin's younger brother Hal interviewing for a position at the University of Arizona.

Outside of Tucson is the U.S. Office of Unspecified Services; one of their operatives, Hugh Steeply, meets Remy Marathe in the desert for a conversation which is spread across several chapters.