Femmes fatales, political intrigue and murder in the shadowy streets of Rome.
Now I’m not sure if you can tell from the image or not, but I was so eager to read The White Devil that I didn’t take a photograph until after I had finished, which is why it looks rather battered – I took it with me everywhere! An absolutely incredible book, it’s an intoxicating and exciting tale of jealousy and murder – read on to find out why you should put this to the top of your to-be-read pile…
I’ve been reading a lot of domestic psychological thrillers this year, so when W&N Fiction asked if I’d like to review noir crime novel The While Devil, I was excited to try something new, and I was not disappointed.
Set in the hot, claustrophobic streets of Rome, The White Devil follows Vittoria – a small-time actress and model – as she leaves behind a dark past in Texas to a new life of opulence, corruption and murder in Italy. If the title sounds familiar, that’s because the novel is a contemporary re-imagining of John Webster’s play from 1612, in which a young woman and her brother are implicated in a notorious double murder in Rome.
Reading Domenic Stansberry’s prose in The White Devil is like entering a dreamscape: everything is familiar yet peculiar; erotic yet sinister. Originally self-published, The White Devil has won an American award for best crime novel, yet Stansberry is quite unknown in the UK. The novel is very European, and a world apart from the majority of crime novels currently on the market. A lot of the time I read crime thrillers simply for pure escapism. Which is fine, but sometimes I want something more, something literary. The White Devil manages to be both a gripping crime novel and a literary one – Stansberry is a name to watch.
The White Devil is published by W&N, an imprint of Orion Books.
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