Michael J. Cooper
â€œI never sleep well under mortar fire. Last night was no exception. The flares hadnâ€™t helped either, night shining like day.â€
So opens my contribution to the Jewish Noir anthology, Good Morning, Jerusalem 1948. Presented in the first-person voice of 26-year-old Yitzhak Rabin, I sought to establish within the first couple of pages a number of features that, for me, are central to Noir fiction. These include the tension between darkness and light, the first-person narrative voice, and the protagonistâ€™s tragic character arc. Additionally, since the anthology is dedicated to the sub-genre of Jewish Noir, the story is set in a historical and thematic context, which reflect aspects of the Jewish experience.