The White Devil
Femmes fatales, political intrigue and murder in the shadowy streets of Rome
By Domenic Stansberry
Welcome to the dark side of the dolce vita.
'EXCELLENT' Marcel Berlins,The Times
'A GLITTERING NOIR TRIUMPH... IMPOSSIBLE TO RESIST' The Irish Times
Welcome to the dark side of the dolce vita
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 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, obsessive brother Johnny, Vittoria soon enters the upper circles of Roman society, becoming a paparazzi darling and 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 - a city of dark secrets held within the frescoed walls of glamorous palazzos - to the pristine beaches of Malibu and the dangerous alleys of a mysterious South American city, Vittoria finds herself at the heart of a lethal chase, spiralling dangerously out of control...
Winner of the Hammett Prize for Best Crime Fiction
An irresistible page-turner loved by readers:
'My, my, my, what a dark and sordid tale of jealousy, desire, and cold-blooded murder... I absolutely loved it' Goodreads review *****
'Excellent read, it was tough to put this down... The writing and the tension in the story were phenomenal' Goodreads review *****
'I couldn't put it down... Just incredible' Goodreads review *****
'Modern noir as good as it gets' Goodreads review *****
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 was the winner of the 2016 Hammett Prize for best crime fiction.
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08 Mar 2018
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Excellent... Stansberry deserves to be better known... Menace, murder and eroticism lurk. — Marcel Berlins, The Times
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 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