Cheap Heat

Product Details:

Series: A Jack Dixon Novel #2
Paperback: 248 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1733777711

About the Book:

Jack Dixon takes his PI talents on the road when a pro wrestler’s outlandish Civil War-themed act results in death threats. Jack accompanies the self-styled “U.S. Grant” – an old college buddy – and his regional wrestling promotion on their fall tour in hopes of sniffing out the mystery and escaping his troubled past…and to avoid any more harrowing run-ins with the deadly Aesir gang. Struggling with a budding romance, the specter of his college-era mistakes, and the undercurrents of a fanatic pro wrestling fandom, some of whom may just be willing to kill, Jack soon finds himself dragged into the limelight – and squarely into the crosshairs of his most dangerous enemies.

About the Author:

Daniel M. Ford is the author of The Paladin Trilogy. A native of Baltimore, he has an M.A. in Irish Literature from Boston College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from George Mason University. He teaches English at a college prep high school in rural Maryland. Find him on Twitter @soundingline

“This is Ford’s fifth novel, and it shows. Strong character development and fast pacing make this an enjoyable read.”

Praise for Book One: BODY BROKER

“The story moves along at a good pace with well-defined characters, in particular Jack… [who] will resonate with fans of John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee. Readers will look forward to Jack’s further exploits.”
Publishers Weekly
“Ford is one of those writers who is good at drawing tension through long plot lines, and he brings a literary sensibility to the crime fiction genre.”
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“In Body Broker, we meet Jack Dixon, the literary world’s newest wise-cracking, swashbuckling, bad decision-making P.I. All his follies and scrapes and bruises and bizarre enemies are bad news for him, but make for exciting reading for us. Don’t miss this one.”
—Rion Amilcar Scott, author of The World Doesn’t Require You

“Cheap Heat contains no cheap thrills; there’s a big heart and quick mind at the helm.”



“Ford’s mystery debut has heart.”

Kirkus Reviews


Body Broker is lean and wiry in its prose as well as how the book reflects its primary character…Jack Dixon brings to mind the almost quiet suffering of [John le Carre’s] George Smiley.”

—Costa Koutsoutis, TheMeansAtHand.Com


“In a genre filled with trigger-happy private eyes, Jack’s talk first, throw some punches, and shoot never mentality is refreshing… his personality and the relationships he shares with the other characters are well-defined and complex enough to keep readers invested and itching to know where the series will go next.”

—Live by the Shelf