I intend for my first Fight Cards novel to be an homage of sorts to Robert E. Howard's Sailor Steve Costigan stories. Mickey Flynn is a throwback to that kind of hero, only moved into the 1950s. I'm staying with a first-person point of view and have tried to capture the language and richess of that kind of two-fisted brawler.
Howard was a wonderful writer, and not just of Conan stories. I'm also looking forward to the new movie coming out later this year.