The Big Boom

A North Beach Mystery (Volume 2)

Domenic Stansberry

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Edgar Award--winning author Domenic Stansberry is known for his intensity---his dark thrillers, thick with suspense, in which the differences between good and evil are not so easy to decipher. The Big Boom is just such a novel: set in San Francisco, at the peak of the high-tech frenzy, just before the technology markets and the California economy all go bust.
 
The Big Boom features the return of Dante Mancuso, the hero of Stansberry’s Chasing the Dragon, an obsessive private investigator working the streets of his San Francisco neighborhood. He is a dark-eyed, complex figure---melancholic, tender, with fierce, aquiline good looks---known to neighborhood familiars by his nickname: the Pelican. Dante’s nickname---like the demons that haunt his personal life---comes from his family on account of his tenacity, and his large, Sicilian nose.
 
Now Dante has settled into a new apartment in North Beach, hoping to put those demons behind him and patch together a life with his longtime lover, Marilyn Visconte, but before long he is approached by an old North Beach family in hopes that he will find their missing daughter---a young woman, a former sweetheart, with whom Dante had been involved years before---and his newfound peace is shattered.
 
Dante’s search for Angela Antonelli, though, has hardly begun when the corpse of a young woman is dredged from the bay. He soldiers on in his investigation, fearful that the missing woman and the corpse are one and the same.
 
His search for the missing woman---even after he has been called off the case---becomes an obsession that alienates his current lover, but Dante follows the ghostly trail anyway into the heart of the financial district and the underside of the dot-com revolution. It is a quest rendered in the staccato prose of the genre, a style that---in Stansberry’s hands---takes on a dreamlike cast, hallucinatory at times, blurring the lines between reality and Dante’s own dark nostalgia.
 
The Big Boom is a tightrope of a novel, a taut story about familial duplicity, personal greed, and the desperate pull of love even across the divide of memory.

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Chapter One 
It was the time of the big boom and everyone figured the prosperity would last forever. There had been other booms before, but those had always been followed by calamity—a bust that took away everything the good times had given, then kept on taking. This boom would be different, people said. The Transamerica Pyramid at the end of Kearney seemed almost to glow, and the bankers who worked inside issued a stream of proofs and prognostications. Meanwhile the streets swelled with new arrivals. The old-timers found the new enthusiasm insufferable, but the old-timers found everything

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Chasing the Dragon is noir in its finest form with near-flawless execution and style.”
---The Sun (Baltimore)
 
“Stansberry’s strong, no-nonsense crime novel, the first in a new series, pulls few punches. . . . This gritty, noirish exercise in murder and drugs feels uncomfortably like the real thing.”
---Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Chasing the Dragon
 
“What could be better news than the start of a new series by Domenic Stansberry?”
---Chicago Tribune on Chasing the Dragon
 
“Fascinating: beautifully written, fully thought out, and locked in an intelligent argument with itself about what noir has come to mean.”
---San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle on Manifesto for the Dead
 
“The story is a vehicle in which to present a worldview that at one time dominated crime fiction. And it does that job very well indeed.”
---Mystery News on Manifesto for the Dead
 
“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, on The Last Days of Il Duce

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Domenic Stansberry

Domenic Stansberry’s previous novels include The Confession, an Edgar Award winner; Chasing the Dragon; the Edgar Award and Hammett Prize finalist The Last Days of Il Duce; and Manifesto for the Dead. He lives with his family in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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The Big Boom
Domenic Stansberry

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
April 2007
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ISBN: 9781429909211
ISBN10: 1429909218
272 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
May 2007
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ISBN: 9780312324711
ISBN10: 0312324715
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 272 pages
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