STAND ALONE NOIR NOVELS

In addition to the North Beach Mystery Series, Domenic Stansberry has written a number of stand-alone noir novels, including The Last Days of Il Duce—sometimes described as a prequel to the North Beach Novels—as wells as Manifesto for the Dead, a fictional retelling of the final days of legendary pulp icon Jim Thompson.   His neo-pulp psychological thriller, The Confession, as well as his most recent novel, The White Novel, are also novels in this mode, walking the edges of the genre while echoing the refrains of classic noir.

 

 
 
EDGAR AWARD and HAMMETT PRIZE FINALIST

EDGAR AWARD and HAMMETT PRIZE FINALIST

The LAST DAYS OF IL DUCE

“Suspense....   Illicit Passion....  Murder....  Stansberry does it with originality, through the freshness of his imagery and the lyricism of his lament for times that change, neighborhoods that grow old and people who can never find their way home."    New York Times Book Review

"The real thing....  Superb....   Stansberry has done it again with this gut-wrenching tale of doomed lovers in San Francisco's North Beach-- Stansberry understands the way neighborhoods and families can imprison as they nurture, and he tells Nick's story in the hard-edged prose it demands. Straight noir, no chaser.”  Booklist

"An intriguing picture of Italian Fascist activity in San Francisco during World War II.  Stansberry blends his ingredients with definite panache."

Publishers Weekly


MANIFESTO FOR THE DEAD

A fictional retelling of  the last days of legendary pulp novelist Jim Thompson.  A noirish blend of biography, fiction, suspense and satire.

“Fascinating, beautifully written—an enviable achievement.”  San Francisco Chronicle

“Stansberry’s prose is an eerie echo of a dead man’s style…  And his insights into a writer’s anxiety about losing his identity to his characters would make Thompson’s own skin crawl.” New York Times

“Positively hallucinatory.”   LA Weekly

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Edgar Finalist: Best First Novel

Edgar Finalist: Best First Novel

THE SPOILER

Stansberry's first novel, an Edgar Finalist, praised 15 years later by Publisher's Weekly as a classic in the  genre.

"In the tradition of Graham Greene, ... a moving chronicle of humanity, disquietingly black and totally absorbing." Los Angeles Times

"A sensitive writer and observer... Stansberry knows his baseball and is obviously in love with the game."   New York Times

 

Edgar Award Winner

Edgar Award Winner

THE CONFESSION

Controversial Edgar Award Winner published in this mass paper edition by Hard Case Crime, and recently released in E-book by Molotov Editions.

"A masterful novel by a (heretofore) underappreciated master of the genre. Very highly recommended."   Bookreporter.com

"A neo-classic among pulp fiction fans." January Magazine

“Compelling…. Fascinating… Industrial strength neo-noir.” Publishers Weekly

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HAMMETT PRIZE FINALIST

HAMMETT PRIZE FINALIST

THE WHITE DEVIL

This chilling new noir tells the story of an aspiring American actress,  who—together with her too charming brother—finds herself implicated in a series of crimes dating back to her  childhood.  

Finalist for the Hammett Prize, the Hoffer Award, Forewords Indie Book of the Year, and winner of  Lyra Award for Outstanding Fiction. 

Available here from Molotov Editions in  hard cover, trade paper, and e-book.


STORIES


Early Stories, including "Loverboy" and "The Truth about our Atomic Shelter"

Early Stories, including "Loverboy" and "The Truth about our Atomic Shelter"

EXIT PARADISE

A collection of Stansberry's early stories.  Published by Lynx Houe Press, cover art by Hawley Hussey.

"This is a fine book and all the stories are moving and absorbing.....  "The Truth About Our Atomic Shelter" is a terrifying and funny view of the panic in a small neighborhood brought on when one family digs and buries a bomb shelter in preparation for the big one. "  Amazon Reviewer, Stefanie Freele