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Publisher Comments:

Domenic Stansberry's award-winning novel tells the story of Niccolo Jones, a broken-down man plagued by his obsession with his brother Joe's ex-wife, Marie. Set in the old Italian neighborhood of North Beach in San Francisco, the novel flashes back and forth between their childhood days in the 1950s and events thirty years later. The kids are adults now, and everything has changed.

Nick's story begins when Joe is murdered, igniting in Nick an unquenchable desire for revenge. The crime also awakens Nick's memories of days gone by, particularly his own illicit feelings for Marie. But the price of passion is as costly now as it was for Nick thirty years ago; for The Last Days of Il Duce is as much about the secrets of the past as it is about the sins of the present.

Dark, elegantly written, intricate, and astonishing, The Last Days of Il Duce is a superb novel in the classic noir tradition.

Review:

"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." Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Stansberry has done it again with this gut-wrenching tale....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

Review:

"A murky, moody slice of noir, as sad and predictable as the decline of all the North Beaches everywhere." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Stansberry enlivens things with an intriguing picture of Italian fascist activity in San Francisco during World War II. He blends his ingredients with panache." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

This novel is set in San Francisco's North Beach, and examines not only the violent events that take place there in the 1990s — a dangerous sexual obsession that leads to murder — but their roots back in the 1940s and '50s in the same Italian-American neighborhood.

Synopsis:

Domenic Stansberry's award-winning novel tells the story of Niccolo Jones, a broken-down man plagued by his obsession with his brother Joe's ex-wife Marie. Set in the old Italian neighborhood of North Beach in San Francisco, the novel flashes back and forth between their childhood days in the 1950s and events thirty years later. The kids are adults now, and everything has changed.

Nick's story begins when Joe is murdered, igniting in Nick an unquechable desire for revenge. The crime also awakens Nick's memories of days gone by, particularily his own illicit feelings for Marie. But the price of passion is as costly now as it was for Nick thirty years ago; for The Last Days of Il Duce is as much about the secrets of the past as it is about the sins of the present.

Synopsis:

A darkly elegant novel written in the tradition of the classic noir mysteries of the 1940s, this story is set in the old Italian neighborhood of North Beach in San Francisco, where Niccolo Jones is a broken-down man obsessed with his brother's ex-wife. And the price of passion leads to murder.

About the Author

Domenic Stansberry is the author of a book of short stories and two previous novels, one of which, The Spoiler, was also nominated for an Edgar Award. His latest novel, Manifesto for the Dead, will be published by St. Martin's Minotaur in 2001. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, poet Gillian Conoley, and daughter.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312254636
Author:
Stansberry, Domenic
Publisher:
St. Martins Press-3pl
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
San Francisco (Calif.)
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Italian americans
Subject:
San francisco
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Mussolini, benito, 1883-1945
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
First
Publication Date:
June 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.405 in 0.42 lb

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Product details 176 pages St. Martin's Press - English 9780312254636 Reviews:
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Stansberry has done it again with this gut-wrenching tale....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."
"Review" by , "A murky, moody slice of noir, as sad and predictable as the decline of all the North Beaches everywhere."
"Review" by , "Stansberry enlivens things with an intriguing picture of Italian fascist activity in San Francisco during World War II. He blends his ingredients with panache."
"Synopsis" by , This novel is set in San Francisco's North Beach, and examines not only the violent events that take place there in the 1990s — a dangerous sexual obsession that leads to murder — but their roots back in the 1940s and '50s in the same Italian-American neighborhood.
"Synopsis" by ,
Domenic Stansberry's award-winning novel tells the story of Niccolo Jones, a broken-down man plagued by his obsession with his brother Joe's ex-wife Marie. Set in the old Italian neighborhood of North Beach in San Francisco, the novel flashes back and forth between their childhood days in the 1950s and events thirty years later. The kids are adults now, and everything has changed.

Nick's story begins when Joe is murdered, igniting in Nick an unquechable desire for revenge. The crime also awakens Nick's memories of days gone by, particularily his own illicit feelings for Marie. But the price of passion is as costly now as it was for Nick thirty years ago; for The Last Days of Il Duce is as much about the secrets of the past as it is about the sins of the present.

"Synopsis" by , A darkly elegant novel written in the tradition of the classic noir mysteries of the 1940s, this story is set in the old Italian neighborhood of North Beach in San Francisco, where Niccolo Jones is a broken-down man obsessed with his brother's ex-wife. And the price of passion leads to murder.
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