If you’re not sure what neo-noir is, I’ll keep this explanation brief.
Noir means black, like the ink in your printer.
The attitudes of the protagonist/s are dark. Often, the scenes he / she / they find themselves in are broken, or disintegrating in some way. They have distorted visions / opinions of others. Crimes of violence and / or murder frequently feature in Noir.
Neo-Noir means modern black.
Unlike crime thrillers and psychological thrillers, noir deviates away from the investigative side of crime storytelling. Readers get to sit right beside the bad-guy (or girl). They’ll see a murder when it’s being committed and read why it’s happening.
You may already know Neo-Noir in these books or movies:
The Talented Mr Ripley. (Modern Noir / Neo-Noir)
L.A Confidential (Also Neo-Noir)
Wild Things (You’ve got it!)
If you’re in any doubt about noir’s content, remember, it doesn’t sit in any warm and fuzzy category. You start with a pessimistic outlook and then watch the evil run its course.
For more Neo-Noir, visit my homesite – Michael Forman (Author)