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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 12/07/2018
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'IMPOSSIBLE TO RESIST' The Irish Times
'EXCELLENT: MENACE, MURDER AND EROTICISM LURK' The Times
'EROTIC AND SOPHISTICATED' Sunday Times, Holiday Reads To Chill the Blood
'EVOKES THE ROME OF FELLINI AND SHADES OF PATRICIA HIGHSMITH' Crime Time, Book of the Month

In 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 writer husband to Italy.

Guided by her controlling, obsessive 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...

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 *****

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781474610100
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 230 g
Dimensions: 132 x 200 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Domenic Stansberry had the inspired idea of transposing The White Devil, John Webster's first great tragedy, to present day Rome, lacing it with aphoristic wit and recounting it in an eerie, shimmering flow. * Irish Times - Best Crime Fiction of 2018 *
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 *

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“Flat, shallow, disconnected”

This is a novelization of John Webster's Renaissance tragedy ' The White Devil' set in modern day Italy. The blurb and concept are enticing, a kind of dark 'La Dolce Vita' peopled by minor... More

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“Literary Wanderlust to ROME”

3.75*

Voluptuous and sharply delineated in a monochromatic and cinematic format, this is the story of Vicki Wilson and her climb up the slippery pole of marriage, politics and intrigue, with several deaths along the... More

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“The White Devil”

The White Devil feels like a slow descent into hell.
Vittoria is an emotionally blank, affectless woman with a creepy brother called Johnny. They are unnaturally close, and the author stops just short of accusing... More

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