Dec 21, 2012
Steve Gomez - Chief Investigator

Merry Christmas from The Noir Factory

kringle noirThis year the holiday season rushed in like a blitzing linebacker, catching me flat-footed and completely unaware. Today we finished  our Christmas shopping, wrapped everything up, and started the holiday baking. Our cards went out last week, but we still weren’t done.

Kringle Noir follows our No-Name Detective as he hunts a gang preying on charity Santa Clauses. As our gumshoe runs down the clues, he comes to realize that these are no ordinary muggings. With the help of Jimmy Two-Fingers, a retired second-story man, No-Name goes undercover where no sleuth should ever tread: Behind the beard of a Saint!

To paraphrase Robert De Niro’s Al Capone: “They put one of our Santas in the hospital; we put one of theirs in the morgue!”

Kringle Noir sells for $2.99 at Amazon.com, but YOU can get yours FREE this holiday season! Go to our page on Amazon before 12/25/2012 and download your copy on us. Think of it as a Christmas present for those who might get left off Santa’s list this year.

Happy Holidays All!

Steve Gomez, Chief Investigator
The Noir Factory

Oct 27, 2012
Steve Gomez - Chief Investigator

The Curse – A Lifetime of Darkness or the Hanging Curve?

The Curse Noir FactoryThe Curse – A New Short Story!

One of the great things about living in the Sierra Foothills is that you can tell the difference in the seasons. That isn’t always the case in California, but up here, when summer turns to fall, you can see it, and even feel it. There’s a shift in the wind and a drop in the temperature, and a feeling right down into your soul that signals autumn here. It’s my favorite time of year.

It’s also football season! But this week, even though I bleed the colors of my football team, my attention has been shifted to a great post-season baseball run, and what is shaping up to be a memorable World Series.

Halloween is also a great time for me. Not because I love to dress up (although it isn’t a deal breaker), but I love horror stories, monster movies, haunted houses, and a good scare.

Oh, and those little “fun sized” candies! Their size alone gives you a free pass to eat more of them than you ever would if they were full size!

But I digress.
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Oct 14, 2012
Steve Gomez - Chief Investigator

Person of Interest

Person of Interest

I’m hooked on Person of Interest.

I’m not the most faithful of television viewers.

There’s been the occasional “Northern Exposure,” and I was a pretty big “X-Files” nerd. There was also “Spenser for Hire” (thus dating me back to the Stone Age, or the 80’s), but it’s been a while since I fell in love with a television show. It was pretty close with “Fringe,” and I still record it, but ever since they visited the alternate universe things haven’t been quite the same, but that’s neither here nor there.

Yeah, bad pun intended.

Having said that, I am developing a pretty big man-crush on CBS’s Person of Interest.

For those of you who are late to the carnival, Person of Interest focuses on Harold Finch and John Reese, two seemingly very different people living very different lives in New York City.

Finch (Michael Emerson) is a reclusive billionaire computer programmer who invented “the Machine.” “The Machine” is not so much a physical thing, but rather a system that lives inside of the system. Think of it as the “Internet in the Internet,” but in this case, the “Machine” watches everything and everyone.
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Oct 7, 2012
Steve Gomez - Chief Investigator

How to Process a Crime Scene – The Underworld Academy

Welcome to The Underworld Academy!

Underworld AcademyFor our inaugural edition of The Underworld Academy we speak with “Inspector Todd” in Northern California. The good Inspector prefers to remain anonymous, so we at the Noir Factory will respect his wishes.

The “Inspector” has a wide and varied history in law enforcement spanning over twenty five years and has worked with countless crime scenes. I sat down with “The Inspector” yesterday morning and we discussed some of the things that investigators look at when they dissect the scene of a crime.

Noir Factory: Is there a “basic training” of sorts for officers when learning about crime scene procedure?

Investigator Todd: We receive intense investigative training both at the start of our careers and consistently throughout it. On completing their academy training, rookies go through additional training with veteran officers in the field for 12-16 weeks. Afterwards, officers periodically attend training classes to learn new technologies and procedures. They also receive further training when their duties or job roles change. Crime scene procedure is stressed at every level of law enforcement.
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Sep 30, 2012
Steve Gomez - Chief Investigator

Underworld Academy

Underworld AcademyThe Underworld Academy Is Coming!

Why the Underworld Academy?

Lately when I’ve been watching television shows or reading police procedurals, a number of things jump out. I see DNA markers gathered at crime scenes, no matter where, and processed that same day.

In another show, the police have high-tech hologram computer screen that get instant access to inter-agency data. Still later, we have super-villains that have encyclopedic knowledge of the inner-workings of law enforcement protocols.

I would throw the “B.S.” flag on this… if I had any clue as to what law enforcement and criminals actually did.
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