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.
TIN THE STREETS OF ROME, VICKI WILSON'S LOVERS KEEP TURNING UP DEAD.
Vittoria, as she's known in Italy, is a small-time actress who left behind a dark past in her native Texas and followed her fading writer husband to the Eternal City.
Guided by her controlling brother Johnny, Vittoria soon enters the upper circles of Roman society, mingling with shady cardinals and corrupt senators. Among them is Paolo Orsini, who quickly falls prey to Vittoria's charms. Too bad he's married; too bad his wife, an aging film icon, is murdered.
From the ravishing beauty of Rome to the pristine beaches of Malibu, Vittoria finds herself at the heart of a lethal chase, spiralling dangerously out of control...
Read by Laurence Bouvard
(p) Orion Publishing Group 2018
DOMENIC STANSBERRY is the Edgar Award-winning author of ten novels and a collection of stories, including THE ANCIENT RAIN (one of Booklist's best crime novels of the last decade). THE WHITE DEVIL - 'a glittering noir triumph' (Irish Times) - was the winner of the 2016 Hammett Prize for best crime fiction.
Excellent... Stansberry deserves to be better known... Menace, murder and eroticism lurk. — Marcel Berlins, The Times
Intoxicating... Rome is brilliantly captured, as is Italian society, but it is the tragic heroine and her flawed brother that linger in the mind. — Daily Mail
A glittering noir triumph... Brilliantly reimagined, fast-moving, aphoristic and recounted in a delirious, shimmering erotic flow, The White Devil is a possessed, fever dream of a book, an unwise third cocktail that proves impossible to resist. — The Irish Times
A stunning piece of noir, loosely based on John Webster's classic Renaissance play, which evokes both the Rome of Fellini and shades of Patricia Highsmith... Love triangles, an insidiously seedy atmosphere of corruption unleashed, a femme fatale like no other and a lush background makes for a breathless tale which shifts effortlessly from beauty to crime, in a both lyrical and terse, Hemingway-like narrative... You keep on rooting for the morally dubious heroine even though you know she is not to be trusted until her inevitable fall from grace. A revelation. — Crime Time, Book of the Month
One of the classiest pieces of noir you'll read this year... It is atmospheric, deliberately ambiguous, vengeful, by turns sultry and icy in tone with a leading female character you want to trust but simply dare not. — Mike Ripley, Shots Mag
a wonderfully indulgent read with some surprising twists — The Lady
A wild ride... exceptional — Publishers Weekly - starred review
Freaking incredible — Crimespree
Voluptuous and sharply delineated... the backdrop of sultry and crumbling Rome lends the whole story a hot and crackling ambience — TripFiction.com
Sultry, decadent, and erotically charged — 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
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
An intoxicating, contemporary re-working of John Webster's 17th-century Jacobean tragedy... Rome is brilliantly captured, as is Italian society, but it is the tragic heroine and her flawed brother that linger in the mind. — Geoffrey Wansell, The Daily Mail