How Long is a Piece of Rope: Connor Dix

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In this first book in the Clark County series private investigator John Smith, retired Sheriff’s deputy, is on the verge of closing down his business. There’s just no money in the PI business, no one seems to need ’em anymore.

Then one morning the girl walks in and has a job and has the cash to pay for it. Find the old man who stole her briefcase. Find it and get it back and she’ll pay anything. Money is no object.

Smith knew as soon as he said he’d take the job that it was the wrong move.

He had no idea just how wrong.

As Smith begins his hunt through the seedy bars, using his knowledge of the criminals and scum of Clark County, the detective becomes the hunted. The old man has friends and they want to take out the girl and Smith before they get too close to what’s inside the briefcase. The briefcase is worth more than the lives of the people protecting it and man hunting for it.

Then they threaten Smith’s family.

BAD CASE is a roller coaster ride, an action packed thriller, full of twists and suspense. John Smith has a client he knows is lying about everything and a mysterious man who is doing everything he can to make sure Smith doesn’t get in his way. What will Smith do if he gets the briefcase? Will he return it to the girl, or sacrifice her to save his own life and family.

And what is he going to do about the men from Boston?

BAD CASE by Connor Dix. 56,000 words of action, adventure, mystery, and suspense.

So, what of life’s inner mysteries?

1. BAD CASE is way better than anything a dead hamster could have written but one day I’d really like to be as good as James Ellroy’s garbage.

2. You will just love my book if you enjoyed Robert B. Parker, but if you’re a fan of Communism, steer well clear

3. A .45 bullet traveling at over 1,000 feet per second comes from the barrel of a gun

4. How do you see the role of food in the contemporary thriller and where does BAD CASE fit into the spectrum?

BAD CASE fits firmly into the better-than-average restaurant role. It’s more Roy Rogers than McDonald’s, more Arby’s than Burger King. This is what I believe a good section of contemporary thrillers should strive to strive to achieve.

5. How would it affect the direction BAD CASE takes if the action were moved wholesale to the set of Glee in chapter 7?

I’m pretty sure the main character, the aforementioned John Smith would have blown his brains out. That may have ended the book right there, I don’t know. I would have run away screaming as soon as the singing started. I would have heard the gunshot from the other room.

6. When you’re writing, would you rather look out at the sea, or in at your thoughts?

I’d rather be drinking a beer.

7. When writing, do you start at the beginning and keep going, or start at the end and work back?

When writing I usually start with the first word of the book, be it a chapter heading or the beginning of a sentence. That’s where I feel the beginning of a book really begins to begin, where it gets its true start.

8. A great villain or a great hero?

Exactly. Philosophically I couldn’t agree with this more. Socially, I tend to agree with this statement, but I don’t like to let the general public know that I believe in it.

9. BAD CASE will change the way a reader looks at lawnmowers.

10. How long is a piece of rope? A piece of rope is hopefully proportionately as long as it is wide. Otherwise how can it give anyone any satisfaction?


~ by danholloway on June 21, 2011.

2 Responses to “How Long is a Piece of Rope: Connor Dix”

  1. An interesting and unusual setting for a detective story – the interview, demonstrating Connor Dix’s lively and creative mind, makes me want to read the book – which I suppose is the intention!
    Another excellent blog, Dan.

  2. These were fun questions, I had a really good time with this interview. Very much enjoyed the questions.

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