The hero, Max Floyd has more problems than he knows what to do with. But he’s less hard-boiled, not the vindictive tough-guy, and he’ll rarely win in a fight. He’s smart, honorable, and always wants to do the right thing. He’s someone people will relate to, empathize with, and cheer for.
His friends include Sam Duggin, a father figure and fountain of wisdom. Molly Mitchell, the cute, spunky and foul-mouthed sidekick. The gorgeous Lila Howard, who Max can’t seem to keep out of his mind. And Mr. Fletcher, the man who hires Max to solve the murder case, although the two utterly despise one another. Added to that, I’ve written a cast of characters who either help or try to derail Max along the way.
Fashion has also come full circle. Men are wearing three piece suits and fedoras again, women usually wear dresses and pin their hair back or style it with victory rolls. It’s just like how many were wearing ’60s style clothing, bell-bottoms for example, again in the 1990s. Some of the old-school terminology has re-entered casual speech. Quite “dandy”, if you ask me. I wanted to create a future with a 1940’s visual style.
To learn more, read Part 4 of An Intro to the World of Maxwell Floyd.