Introducing Neo-noir Fiction

Harun Halim Rasip currently serves as director and president of P.T. Tanah Laut Tbk. An experienced port of operations and marine logistics professional, Harun Rasip previously worked for Integrax Berhad as chief executive. During his free time, Harun Halim Rasip is an avid reader. He particularly enjoys mystery novels and noir fiction.

The term “noir” is often associated with films such as The Maltese Falcon or Double Indemnity. Many of these movies came from books, however, and these books can be referred to as noir fiction. Recently, classic noir fiction has spawned a new genre of writing referred to as neo-noir. Some of the leading neo-noir authors include Dennis Lehane, author of Shutter Island and Gone, Baby, Gone, and Will Christopher Baer.

The primary difference between neo-noir and classic noir (beyond modern and classic time periods, of course) is a willingness to experiment with the form. Neo-noir novels do not feel pressured to include a man of the law as a main character, and in fact many authors apply noir techniques to science fiction and fantasy, further evolving the genre.

Neo-noir has also begun to appear in the world of film. Rian Johnson’s Brick, a 2005 movie starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, applies all of the standard noir plot devices and stylized dialogue to a high school setting, resulting in the perfect example of modern-day noir storytelling.