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Naked Moon

Naked Moon

A North Beach Mystery (Volume 4)

Domenic Stansberry

Minotaur Books

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Set in San Francisco in the crumbling vestiges of Italian North Beach, Domenic Stansberry's latest novel plunges once again into the noir underworld of Dante Mancuso. This new installment of Stansberry's critically acclaimed series, Naked Moon, unearths a past Mancuso had hoped to escape. Before becoming a private investigator, Dante worked for a secret corporate security firm---known simply as the company---that prized effectiveness over legality. When Dante left, it was not on good terms. So he made sure to take enough inside information to keep himself safe from reprisal.

Dante, however, has his own secrets; for example, he doesn't ask his cousin Gary questions about how he keeps the family warehousing business---the one where Dante is a silent partner---in the black, while everyone else's has failed. When SFPD Detective Leanora Chin starts asking questions, Gary turns to the company for help, which they're willing to provide, so long as Dante agrees to settle his past debts by doing them one last favor: the type of favor that could drag him under for good.

Edgar Award winner Domenic Stansberry is one of the most talented crime novelists working today. His novels are dark, lyrical, and widely acclaimed, and Naked Moon is no exception as it captures the sense of dread, paranoia, and quiet despair that cling to a man and a part of a city living on borrowed time.

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Dante Mancuso lay on the dead woman's bed, listening to the alley. The previous tenant, an old woman, had collapsed on the stairs of the hotel some days before, but the room had not been cleaned out. Her spotted dishes were in the drainboard,...

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Praise for Naked Moon

"We’ve said it all along: whereas others play at noir, Stansberry delivers the real thing. ... Remarkably lyrical prose. You want a similar title? Try Mozart’s Requiem." - Booklist (starred review)

"As usual, Stansberry (The Ancient Rain) speaks pitch-perfect noir." - Kirkus Reviews

"San Francisco's North Beach is a virtual character as the stoic Dante fearlessly plays out the poor hand he's been dealt against a table of sharks with all the chips in the pot." - Publishers Weekly

"Excellent... Fans will read this strong suspenseful tale in one shocking sitting." - The Mystery Gazette

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About the author

Domenic Stansberry

DOMENIC STANSBERRY's previous novels include The Confession, an Edgar Award winner; The Last Days of Il Duce, an Edgar Award and Hammett Prize finalist; and most recently, The Ancient Rain, a Shamus Award Finalist. He lives with his family in the San Francisco Bay area.

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