2017 Hammett Prize Winner

Finalist: Foreword's Indie Book of the Year

Lyra Award: Outstanding Fiction




A sparse, chilling tale of a young American actress—alleged adulteress and murderer—living in the ex-patriot community in Rome. Together with her charming but troublesome brother, the young woman finds herself implicated in a series of crimes dating back to her childhood.  

The novel follows the narrator's obsession with an older Italian actress and her charismatic husband.  An elegant tour de force, a psychological noir driven by a haunting tension between brother and sister.  A must read for Stansberry fans.  

“Edgar-winner Stansberry takes the reader on a wild ride in this exceptional noir . . . compelling reading.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)





“Gripping from beginning to end, The White Devil is an unforgettable novel by an author at the height of his powers.” Foreword Reviews ***** 


“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 Review


“Stansberry nails the sultry, decadent, and erotically charged tone with one perfectly placed hammer stroke after another.”  Booklist, Bill Ott


“(Readers) will relish The White Devil's ability to draw in both thriller and mystery audiences, anything but staid or predictable . . .  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, Diane Donovan


“Freaking incredible.”   Crimespree


“With its down-to-the-bone, spare prose style, … and scenes that would not be out of place in a Fellini classic, The White Devil is quite simply perfect in its execution. UK Raven Crime


“A really good book [and] very haunting story . . .   Human nature is so bizarre sometimes, and here, its dark side is writ very large.  Crime Segments


“The story’s very European despite its American protagonist, definitely noir despite its soul-searching, and hauntingly Hemmingway-esque…. Not for the faint-hearted or the pure of spirit, The White Devil is a fast, furious read of trials and temptations, love, lust and loss.  Sheila Deeth (Amazon Vine Reviewer)