What is Rabbit Noir?

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Humor in the midst of trouble. This comes to mind first when I sit down to schmanylize* what I mean by ‘Rabbit Noir’. Humor is the base.

The day I came up with that tag, I laughed out loud. I love my main character, the rabbit Bunzini, and noir and humor. In the process of writing what became MURKEY’S, all of it came together. In a dark, dark world, humor keeps us going.

The world surrounding Murkey’s Diner is not bright and cheery. The weather is bad, the fog terrible. And everything in the city is for sale to all the new money pouring in. The lovely funk and depth of the city’s history is being sold off and wiped out by this flood of money.

But the Guys—Bunz and his best pal Webbs, the intellectual spider, fight back. Their hangout, Murkey’s Diner, has been the way it is for decades. That is exactly why it is still the best place in town for pie and coffee (and donuts!). MURKEY’S evokes the feel of a city that, in spite of all the changes, retains some funky pockets of its past.

While noir is not usually matched with humor, there are cases. If you haven’t watched these movies at least a few times, I can recommend: The Big Sleep, To Have and Have Not, and a personal favorite, Cry Danger.


*Schmanylize: to come up with an on-the-spot theory about something without spending time researching any more facts; to smoosh together the fuzzy analytics immediately at hand; devising theories before spending time studying the numbers or doing actual research;
Note: sometimes no more facts are available and ‘schmanylizing’ is the best you can do.
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Published on July 21, 2019 17:16 Tags: animal-detectives, author, mystery, noir
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