Daniel M. Ford, Santa Fe Writers Project
If you haven’t guessed from our amazing noir feature some issues back, we here at BP love a good PI tale — especially if it’s from a great indie press like the Santa Fe Writers Project and hits the sweet spot by upgrading the genre without undermining it. Yes, you have the classic antisocial PI living on his boat and surviving on a blend of booze and almond butter. Wait, almond butter? That’s right. This hardboiled wreck of a man dislikes cars, pays his trainer/makeshift MD by promising to make her and her girlfriend beef Wellington, and doesn’t carry a gun. PI Jack Dixon’s unique blend of the new age, angry and the caring-despite-himself is what drives this fun tale of a missing private school teen, Nordic bikers, and double-crossing dames.