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The Big Boom

The Big Boom

A North Beach Mystery (Volume 2)

Domenic Stansberry

Minotaur Books

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Set in San Francisco before the high-tech markets went bust, The Big Boom features Dante Mancuso, an obsessive private investigator who works the streets of his hometown where he's known by his nose and his nickname: The Pelican.


Settling in and hoping to settle down, his peace is shattered when an old North Beach family asks him to find their daughter---one of Dante's former sweethearts. Though the case alienates his longtime lover Marilyn Visconte, Dante has no choice but to plunge into the shadows of the dot-com revolution.


A tightrope of a novel and a perfect modern example of classic noir, The Big Boom is a taut story about familial duplicity, personal greed, and the desperate pull of love in many forms.

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Praise for The Big Boom

“A hypnotic, compelling read. It's one part Sopranos, another part Greek tragedy.” —The Boston Globe

“Broodingly atmospheric . . . Readers will find themselves absorbed.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“To all those mystery readers who believe that the classic detective story has played itself out, Stansberry delivers a bracing slap upside the head. And it feels so good.” —Booklist (starred review)

“Lean, literate, atmospheric stuff . . .” —Kirkus Reviews

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About the author

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.

Domenic Stansberry

Photo: Gillian Conoley

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