To my readers,

Noir has always been a favorite of mine perhaps for it’s atmosphere, images, voice, and intent. No happy endings. I’m addicted to fiction that explores the dark side of human nature, not only on an individual level, but also on a societal and political level. Noir tends to resurge during dark times—post war, McCarthy era, Vietnam, and the present.

As Wikipedia says, “Noir fiction is a literary genre … with a distinction that the protagonist is not a detective, but instead either a victim, a suspect, or a perpetrator. Other common characteristics include the self-destructive qualities of the protagonist. A typical protagonist of noir fiction is dealing with the legal, political or another system that is no less corrupt than the perpetrator.”

Visually and imagistic, noir is usually saturated in a dark and stormy atmosphere, perhaps even claustrophobic or sweltering. It started out urban, but has spread to rural and desolate. The story presents a mystery with twists and turns that should cause the reader to question what is right and what is wrong.

To learn more about noir, check out a fun conversation I had with Wendy Kendall and Julie Cooper on “Kendall and Cooper Talk Mysteries with Valerie J. Brooks” podcast.

Thanks for visiting Noir Travel Stories! I hope I’ve entertained you and given you an escape from the ordinary.

“You’re not too smart, are you? I like that in a man.”

Kathleen Turner to William Hurt, Body Heat

WHAT IS NOIR?

Noir: French for black; genre of fiction or film characterized by tough characters, cynicism, fatalism and moral ambiguity.

One of the best examples of film noir: 
Chinatown.

Valerie’s favorite noir film, Body Heat, stars Kathleen Turner,
William Hurt, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson, and Mickey Rourke.

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