Created by Michael Bracken
MORRIS RONALD BOYETTE (“MOE RON” to his friends) is a hard-boiled, hardcore P.I. working out of an office behind Millie’s Tattoos and Piercings, just down the hall from Big Mac’s Bail Bonds in Waco, Texas.
Boyette, is a life-long resident, divorced, with a son with a fondness for SF magazines. He handles most any case presented to him, and often gets bounty hunting gigs from Lester Beeson, owner of Big Mac’s. He carries a .38 in a shoulder holster, and has eclectic tastes in women and a sexual appetite that is definitely not left to the imagination in some of the more erotic adventures chronicled so far.
Lucky for Moe, Millard Wayne “Millie” Trout owns the tattoo parlor next door, and can fill the sidekick role when needed–he acquits himself admirably in the thug department. Millie is big, bald, tattooed (even on his head), swings a mean 2×4, and drives a ’65 Mustang and has a thing for wings, so he can’t be all bad. He also gets the best lines (“Hey, Moe Ron!”).
In the debut “Feel the Pain” from way back in 2003, Boyette is fed information from his Waco Mob connection, Elroy Johnson, who he describes like this:
“With loose connections to Families in Kansas City, St. Louis, and New Orleans, they laundered money, brokered deals with the Mexican Mafia, and shared news of important events across the state. I’d known Elroy since childhood when I’d played high school football with his nephew, and our paths crossed more often than I ever cared to admit.”
Over the years, Moe Ron’s popped up several short stories and novellas, including on this site, but don’t hold that against him.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michael Bracken was born in Canton, Ohio, has traveled extensively throughout the U.S., and currently resides in Waco, Texas. A modern day pulpster, he’s written hundreds (or possibly thousands) of short stories in multiple genres, including mystery, horror, science fiction, fantasy, confessional, erotica and children’s fiction. His mystery, suspense, and private eye short stories have appeared in, or been accepted for publication by Blue Murder, Bust Out!, Gent, Gentleman’s Companion, Espionage, Hardboiled, Juggs, Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, TheCase.com, Ellery Queen and other publications. Several of these mystery short stories have been collected in Bad Girls: One Dozen Dangerous Dames Who Lie, Cheat, Steal, and Kill and Tequila Sunrise, both released by Wildside Press in 2000, and he’s edited numerous anthologies, including The Eyes of Texas and the Fedora trilogy, all of which feature private eyes. He’s also created some other notable private eyes, including Nathanial Rose, who works the similarly seedy streets of St. Louis, and Big Dick Rickenbacher who prowls Chicago’s underbelly.
But that’s not all! Michael has written in seemingly every genre imaginable, under a vasy array of pseudonyms and house names, including obvious ones likeMichael Patrick Bracken and Mike Bracken, but Rolinda Hay, Patrick Myers, Gilbert Anderson, Michelle Baker, Mel Barton, M. Bayman, Christine Bracken, Angela Brown, Peter Carson, Nick Ford, Linda Hay, Bruce Jones, Ned Parker, Wanda Reed, Frank Sandwell, Gladys Spivey, S. Turnham, Kate Williams, Aggie Winter, and Stan Young,as well as “several stories for the sex letters magazines, (where) bylines were usually initials followed by the name of a city—for example: H.D., Glenview, Illinois. Those, Bracken confesses, are “and are too numerous to list.”
- “I moved to Waco, Texas, in 1994, and didn’t start writing stories set in Texas until I’d been here quite a while. With Boyette, I wanted to create a uniquely Texan private eye–but not a stereotypical cowboy-type. I set the stories in Waco because I live here and wanted to write about the people and places I see every day. My other two series dicks–Nathaniel Rose and Big Dick Rickenbacher–live in places where I used to live but haven’t seen much in recent years.”
— Michael Bracken, on the difference between his P.I. characters
- “Feel the Pain” (2003, Flesh & Blood: Guilty As Sin)
- “Pumped for Information” (2004, XL Girls)
- “My Client’s Wife” (Summer 2007, Thrilling Detective Web Site)
- “Breaking Routine” (Winter 2007, Hardluck Stories)
- “News Flash” (March 2011, digital)
- “Yellow Ribbon” (2012, Needle)
- “Itsy Bitsy Spider” (2019, Tough) | Buy this book
- “Dirty Laundry” (April 2020, Tough)
- “Aloha Boys” (2021, Aloha Boys/Hallmarks of the Job) | Buy this book | Kindle it!
Part of P.I. Tales twofer Double Feature, with Frank Zafiro’s “Hallmarks of the Job.“
Michael Bracken’s offical site.
- XXX: Dirty Eyes and Other X-rated Gumshoes
A preliminary list of not-so-private dicks.
Respectfully submitted by Dale Stoyer.