The Noir Series consists of four books:
Life Noir, Letters Noir, Love Noir, and Lust Noir.
The Noir Series begins with Life Noir — a detailed and dramatic personal memoir of Kurt’s life, including his troubled youth, his turbulent college life, his impetuous teaching career, and culminates with the outcome of his criminal prosecution.
The series continues with Letters Noir — a book comprised of letters Kurt wrote to his wife during his 25-month prison sentence. Through the progression of these letters, Kurt’s personal and emotional changes and transitions become apparent as he writes his deepest thoughts, fears, and feelings onto paper and mails them home.
The third book in the series is Love Noir — chronicling one of Kurt’s trips across the country to give a speech to a national educators conference. As he travels, he chronicles his trip, but also deeply reflects upon the varying relationships in his life — friends, family, marriage — and gives them all some deep examination, trying to learn why some people have remained in his life and some have excommunicated him.
The final book of the series is Lust Noir — This is Kurt’s bold attempt at coming face-to-face with his deepest addiction: Sex Addiction. As a sex addict, Kurt digs deep into the research and searches deep into his own soul, seeking to answer two questions: Why does he struggle with sex addiction, and how can he stop the struggle. This a bold and deep look into the mind and life of a sex addict as well as the many ways to cope with the struggles of this addiction.
Book #1 of “The Noir Series,” Life Noir is a deeply-personal memoir which explores the heart-wrenching world of sex addiction, sexual abuse, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, repentance, redemption, and forgiveness. It chronicles the author’s troubled life journey leading to his ultimate downfall in January 2010: The four-week relationship Kurt had with a former student while teaching high school English. This memoir reaches back twenty years — chronicling Kurt’s battles with himself, his many struggles, his few triumphs — searching deep within himself, trying to find the nexus of his own villainy — desperately seeking a new and better way to live his life, even when facing the looming certainty of prison.
“It’s easier to be the villain in life than it is to be the hero.”
Letters Noir, Book #2 of The Noir Series, is an account of the time Kurt spent in prison, his progression through the correctional system, and his continuing phases of self-examination, self-analysis, self-discovery, and self-rediscovery as prison changed his entire life. This perspective is told entirely in the context of letters written by Kurt, to his wife.
Love Noir, Book #3 of The Noir Series, is the next step in what it takes to put a ruined life back together: Understanding relationships. Chronicling his two-day trip to Phoenix, Arizona to give a speech about his book, After 3PM, Kurt reflects upon his personal, friend, and family relationships in the wake of his crimes. Love Noir shows how love — both conditional and unconditional — either thrives or fails in the face of Kurt’s betrayal, in the hands of God’s Grace, in the forgiveness of Kurt’s wife, family, and friends, as well as in the words of Kurt’s enemies. Love Noir explores the true lengths and depths of love, forgiveness, friendship, and Grace as Kurt reflects on the people in his life, determined to return to his hometown with a mended perspective of love.
Lust Noir, Book #4 of The Noir Series, is a deeper look into the struggles of Sexual Addiction. A deeply-revealing account of the ongoing battle within himself, Kurt gives a brutally honest account of what it was like to fight the addiction as well as what it is like now, knowing the addiction continues to linger as he keeps it in-check and under control. Lust Noir also explores the impact that Sexual Addiction can have on a person’s loved ones and peers; in Kurt’s case, his wife, his friends, and his family. Additionally, the impact of Kurt’s addiction is also expressed by the former student with whom he had the relationship (in this case, in her own words, from a letter she sent Kurt, years after his release from prison).
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