The White Devil
By Domenic Stansberry
A psychological noir set in the shadowy streets of Rome. With echoes of The Talented Mr Ripley and The Flamethrowers - and just a touch of Hitchcock.
The Talented Mr Ripley meets The Great Beauty, with the dark atmosphere of a Hitchcock classic
IN THE HOT, SHADOWY STREETS OF ROME, VICKI WILSON'S LOVERS KEEP TURNING UP DEAD.
Vittoria, as she's known in Italy, is a small-time model and actress, recognizable but hard to place.
Even though she's married to fading writer Frank Paris, Vittoria knows that she's really Vicki Wilson from Texas and that her deepest loyalty is to her brother, Johnny, who's been there for her from childhood, when he dealt decisively with the unwanted attention she got from other boys. Guided by Johnny, Vittoria enters the upper circles of Roman society. Before long, she's mingling with the high rollers, corrupt senators, and powerful movers. Among them is Paolo Orsini, who quickly claims Vittoria. Too bad he's married; too bad his wife, an aging film icon, is murdered. Vittoria soon finds herself at the heart of a scandal, spiraling dangerously out of control. IS SHE INNOCENT, OR JUST TURNING A BLIND EYE TO THE FACTS?
**Winner of the Hammett Prize for Best Crime Fiction * 'Sultry, decadent, and erotically charged' Booklist * 'A wild ride' Publisher's Weekly Starred Review * 'Freaking incredible' Crimespree Magazine**
'My, my, my, what a dark and sordid tale of jealousy, desire, and cold-blooded murder this proved to be... I absolutely loved it' 'Perhaps the most surprising feature of this tour de force is its pervasive links to both Jacobean tragedy and contemporary Mediterranean noir. Who knew?' Kirkus
'Excellent read, it was tough to put this down... The writing and the tension in the story were phenomenal'
'More than a murder mystery: a story of Italy, obsessions, candid cultural observations, and a sense of place and confused purpose that keep readers guessing, entertained, and thoroughly immersed' Midwest Book Review
Domenic Stansberry is the Edgar Award-winning author of ten novels and a collection of stories. His North Beach Mystery series has won wide praise for its portrayal of the ethnic and political subcultures of San Francisco. Books from that series include The Ancient Rain named one of the best crime novels of the last decade by Booklist. An earlier novel, The Confession, received the Edgar Allan Poe Award for its controversial portrait of a Marin County psychologist accused of murdering his mistress. The White Devil was the winner of the 2016 Hammett Prize for best crime fiction. Stansberry grew up in the San Francisco area and currently lives with his wife, the poet Gillian Conoley, and their daughter Gillis in a small town north of that city.
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12 Jul 2018
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Edgar-winner Stansberry takes the reader on a wild ride in this exceptional noir... Compelling reading. — Publishers Weekly - starred review
Freaking incredible — Crimespree
Stansberry nails the sultry, decadent, and erotically charged tone with one perfectly placed hammer stroke after another. — Booklist
Perhaps the most surprising feature of this tour de force is its pervasive links to both Jacobean tragedy and contemporary Mediterranean noir. Who knew? — Kirkus
More than a murder mystery: a story of Italy, obsessions, candid cultural observations, and a sense of place and confused purpose that keeps readers guessing, entertained, and thoroughly immersed — Midwest Book Review
PRAISE FOR DOMENIC STANSBERRY
A sensitive writer and observer
— New York Times
Stansberry is an extraordinarily evocative writer — George Pelecanos, writer/producer THE WIRE
One of the genre's best writers right now — Sarah Weinman, author of THE REAL LOLITA
Stansberry is a hard-hitting, uncompromising writer — Bookreporter.com