With Bad In Bardino, I wanted to write a PI novel that would have a touch of individual flair along with a strong narrative pulse. I wanted to have all the action seen through the detective’s eyes, because I believe that having a single point of view makes things easier for the reader. I suppose I was also influenced by the experience of reading Chandler’s The Long Goodbye six times in a single year. Who said I’m the obsessive type?

The original inspiration for the book was the main character, PI Art Blakey. Thirty-something, single but with affairs behind him, tough yet intelligent and vulnerable, I pictured him as the sort of a man I’d have liked to be in a parallel life. A man who gets knocked down a fair bit, but always manages to get back up again. Somehow Blakey’s character, and the Spanish landscape I’d decided to set him in, combined to work up a mood and emotion in me, and I got down to work.

As usual, I was painfully conscious of the height of this particular mountain I’d chosen to climb, and of how ill equipped I was for the task. As usual, I set out for the foothills feeling useless, and told myself I should really pack in kidding myself I was a writer and learn to play jazz trumpet instead. As usual, there was a point at which I came close to giving up, only to find myself finishing the second half of the novel on a tidal wave of manic inspiration…

A friend introduced me to Miika at Creativia and, despite being closed for submissions, he sent me a contract the following day. He sounded enthusiastic about my work and sales prospects, and that was just what I needed to hear…

BAD IN BARDINO (published by Creativia) by Nick Sweet

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