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The White Devil

Femmes fatales, political intrigue and murder in the shadowy streets of Rome

By Domenic Stansberry

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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.

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:

'Sultry, decadent, and erotically charged' Booklist

'My, my, my, what a dark and sordid tale of jealousy, desire, and cold-blooded murder this proved to be... I absolutely loved it' Goodreads review *****

'A wild ride' Publisher's Weekly Starred Review

'Excellent read, it was tough to put this down... The writing and the tension in the story were phenomenal' Goodreads review *****

'Freaking incredible' Crimespree Magazine

'I couldn't put it down... Just incredible' Goodreads review *****

'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

'Modern noir as good as it gets' Goodreads review *****

'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

Biographical Notes

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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  • ISBN: 9781474610117
  • Publication date: 08 Mar 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
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