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'EXCELLENT' The Times
'A GLITTERING NOIR TRIUMPH... IMPOSSIBLE TO RESIST' The Irish Times
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 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...
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
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.