How “The Black Noel” Came to Be
The following text appears as the Afterward in the Danny Diamond erotic mystery, “The Black Noel.” At the time of its writing, the title is in preorder, releasing January 30, 2023. Click here to get your copy.
This little book came into being because I wanted to do a Christmas-themed story for my friend, Agent Ranch Hand, and his publication on Medium. In chapter seventeen of my debut novel, The Money Shot, Detective Valentino alludes to a Christmas party where Diamond got himself kicked off the LAPD. “The Black Noel” was my attempt to tell that story.
However, as usual, I bit off more than I could chew and ended up missing the deadline. As usual, the seed of an idea blossomed into something far bigger than I’d intended. As usual, I forged ahead anyway.
That’s why this “Christmas story” was released in January. Truly, I’d be late to my own funeral if it was up to me.
When searching for a title, I wanted something that rang festive but with grim overtones that benefit a Danny Diamond story. Brainstorming titles led from “The First Noel,” to “The Last Noel,” which sounded too much like a Nicholas Sparks book for my tastes. Finally, I settled on “The Black Noel” – a nod to one of my personal literary heroes.
To say that James Ellroy and his 1987 novel, The Black Dahlia were an influence for this series would be a severe understatement. His neo-Noir L.A. Quartet took the themes of predecessors like Chandler and Hammett and twisted them into visceral, carnal things that seeped sex and hurt and rage. I wanted to do the same thing, except with a little more emphasis on the sex.
Okay, a lot more emphasis.
Unfortunately, “The Black Noel” creates more questions than it answers. You’ve learned how Diamond found his way into the private detective business. Now you’re left wondering, who killed the Black Noel? What became of the falsely accused Billy Hutchins? What happened with Diamond and Mrs. Benedict? Was the real killer ever caught?
Rest assured, my friend. Other Danny Diamond adventures are in the works. All of these questions and more will be answered in due time. I just pray you hang in there until I have the time to write them.
Thank you for reading, and thank you for your patience as this story unfolds. I’m so happy to have you along for the ride.