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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Johnny Zero has entered the building

I love hardboiled detective stories - Chandler, Hammet, Spillane. What's more, I love hardboiled fantasy detective stories - Jim Butcher's Dresden Files & Simon Green's Nightside series especially. I've been working on something in the genre set in Singapore for a while now, but before that one, I'd thought of a premise, a tiny germ of an idea for something several years ago. It's been sitting on a shelf in my brain for a while now. Last week, I dusted it off after getting a prompt. A story ensued.

There's a lot going on to this story; the setting is an alternate America where magic is real, and mages have suffered from witch hunts, both political and literal, in the past. The specific city where the story takes place is Los Magi, commonly referred to as Miracle City, and it's a place that shares elements of modern day Las Vegas and Los Angeles of the 1930's. It's also not unlike Brigadoon.

I don't want to give away any plotty stuff, so I'll just say that I had a lot of fun writing down Johnny's casefile and meeting his partner. I'm quite sure Johnny will be back around to tell us about some of his other cases, sunglasses firmly in place, day or night.


David L. Shutter said...


Saw your post over on Joe's site, loved your Gekko quote and your viewpoints on free, so many old timers out there who've had the (well earned) luxury of their past fifty books being trad-pubbed are bashing free offerings. I honestly don't think they have the real indie perspective, to have a half dozen professional looking works up that aren't selling. You can't sit and wait, you have to do something.

Your blog looks great and your work sounds inspired, have been discovering a lot of fantastic blended genre stuff lately so will check some of your out.

Best of luck


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marke said...

OK. Dammit...
Bloody very good too...