Noir is defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as crime fiction featuring hard-boiled cynical characters and bleak sleazy settings.
According to this definition, my Mitch Malone Mystery Series books could be described as noir but when I think of noir I picture trench coats, the light interrupted from a revolving ceiling fan and being called “doll” by a Humphrey Bogart lookalike.
I’ve asked my beta readers if noir fits and they say both yes and no. Not a definitive answer. Mitch is very cynical and questions everything as a reporter should.
Mitch is a bit gruff like the old hard-nosed detective. He’s the kind of guy that opens doors for a woman but never asks them out for a date. He would never wear a trench coat but has his own style in jeans and a leather bomber jacket. Think Humphrey Bogart with sandy hair and 30s look about him.
He doesn’t have many friends and doesn’t take time for chitchat or getting to know his coworkers. He’s not rude, just focused and intent on his job. He wants to win a Pulitzer Price for his reporting to prove to the world he is the best. Following the clues leads Mitch into some seedy places. In A CASE OF ACCIDENTAL INTERSECTION he uses a hooker to help him get some information and spends several nights at a seedy bar watching a suspect so that fits the definition.
In the newest book, A CASE OF HOMETOWN BLUES, the opening few pages finds Mitch drowning his sorrows in a beer at a bar in his hometown that he never wanted to return to.
Hmmm. Maybe the Mitch Malone Mysteries are more noir than I thought. What do you think? Noir or not? Leave a comment and you will be entered to win a copy of a Mitch Malone Mysteries from comments on my blog and at my guest blogs.