Selections from the detective noir series, The Private Op, written by Derek Hall are available for download by clicking on Short Stories. This genre was popularized by writers such as James M. Cain, Cornell Woolrich, Jim Thompson, David Goodis and others just after the turn of the 20th century. Very similar to the hardboiled detective fiction literary genre, this genre incorporates realism, and protagonists that are ambiguous and complex, sometimes self-destructing, and involving a hero detective as the protagonist.
Incorporating dark elements, detective noir fiction leads readers through a series of events that leave them with more questions than answers and lends a certain amount of grittiness to the events that unfold.
Meet the main character and protagonist, Ashiel Hammond, international photojournalist discovered by Mario Testino. Hammond is also an international spy, taking cases from Archangel Security Consultants, inserting the detective noir element into this series.