Books by Domenic Stansberry

Domenic Stansberry is an American writer known primarily for his dark, innovative crime novels that skirt the edges of the genre while echoing the refrains of classic noir. He has been nominated three times for the Edgar Allan Poe Award, and once for the

The White Devil by Domenic Stansberry
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Perhaps the most surprising feature of this tour de force is its pervasive links to both Jacobean tragedy and contemporary Mediterranean noir. Who knew?"
Guardians of the literary canon, rejoice. Stansberry (Naked Moon, 2010, etc.), borrowing freely from John Webster's eponymous 1612 tragedy, proves that there's plenty of life and death and nastiness in the classics. Read full book review >
NAKED MOON by Domenic Stansberry
Released: March 1, 2010

"As usual, Stansberry (The Ancient Rain, 2008, etc.) speaks pitch-perfect noir, undermined this time by an often incoherent plot."
San Francisco private eye Dante Mancuso haunts his beloved North Beach while ghosts from his past haunt him. Read full book review >
THE ANCIENT RAIN by Domenic Stansberry
Released: April 15, 2008

"Predictably bleak—Stansberry has always walked on the noir side—but this brilliantly imagined version of real events packs an emotional wallop genre fiction rarely delivers."
San Francisco PI Dante Mancuso (The Big Boom, 2006, etc.) learns the hard way that some murders never get old. Read full book review >
THE BIG BOOM by Domenic Stansberry
Released: May 22, 2006

"Lean, literate, atmospheric stuff, ideal for the noir-is-beautiful set. But Stansberry (Chasing the Dragon, 2004, etc.), whose touch gets surer every time, now rates a wider audience as well."
Private eye Dante Mancuso, pounding the mean streets of San Francisco, investigates whodunit to a former girlfriend. Read full book review >
CHASING THE DRAGON by Domenic Stansberry
Released: Oct. 29, 2004

"Though Stansberry's mastery of tones (Manifesto for the Dead, 2000, etc.) is pretty much limited to the elegiac, nobody works his patch of funereal noir to sadder effect."
In the first of a series, a former San Francisco cop working for a mysterious security organization goes back home to tackle a treacherously slippery case. Read full book review >
MANIFESTO FOR THE DEAD by Domenic Stansberry
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"At no point, sadly, does it sound like the real Jim Thompson."
Fresh from his well-regarded The Last Days of Il Duce (1998), Stansberry plunges into an elegiac, crummy folly: a mystery starring legendary pulpmeister Jim Thompson, still on his uppers in 1971. Read full book review >
THE LAST DAYS OF IL DUCE by Domenic Stansberry
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"A murky, moody slice of noir, as sad and predictable as the decline of all the North Beaches everywhere."
Thirty years after his salad days in San Francisco's North Beach, Niccol¢ Abruzzi Jones doesn't feel he can join the elders lamenting the breakup of the old Italian neighborhood, especially since he's too busy scrabbling to make a living running errands for one of the small-time Chinese gangsters who've taken over. Read full book review >