Domenic Stansberry

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Domenic Stansberry
BornDomenic Joseph Stansberry
1952 (age 69–70)
Washington, United States
LanguageAmerican English
GenreCrime fiction
Notable awardsEdgar Award 2005
Hammett Prize 2016
SpouseGillian Conoley

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Domenic Stansberry, born in 1952 in Washington, is an American journalist and crime fiction writer.[1][2][3]


A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, he worked as an itinerant journalist for United Press International, covering sports and politics. During this time, he published his first novel, The Spoiler, which was nominated for the Edgar Award for best first novel. [4]After working in New Orleans and Spokane, he moved to California in 1989 and began working in the multimedia and video games industry, including writing the game In the 1st Degree, and its novelisation.

He returned to writing in 1998 with the novel The Last Days of Il Duce. His following novel, Manifesto for the Dead, dealt with the last days of the American crime writer Jim Thompson. The Confession won the Edgar Award for the best pocket publication in 2005. These three novels were translated into French for the Série noire for the first two, and in the French collection of Hard Case Crime for the last.

At the end of 2004, he began a series of books about Dante Mancuso, an investigator with a troubled past, nicknamed the Pelican due to his long nose. Only the first book has been translated to French.




  • The Spoiler (1987)
  • Exit Paradise : Stories (1991)
  • In the 1st Degree (1995)
  • The Last Days of Il Duce (1998)
  • Manifesto for the Dead (2000)
  • The Confession (2004)
  • The White Devil (2016)[6][7]

North Beach series[edit]

  • Chasing the Dragon (2004)
  • The Big Boom (2006)
  • The Ancient Rain (2008)
  • Naked Room (2010)


  • Cohen Awards (Ploughshares) 1986: Best non-fiction (with John Gardner): for The Return Home, Fall 1984[citation needed]
  • Edgar Award 2005 : Best original pocket novel for The Confession.[citation needed]
  • Hammett Prize 2016 : for the novel The White Devil[citation needed]


  2. Bigelow, Catherine (October 17, 2016). "Fundraisers hit the trail for Golden Gate conservancy".
  4. "Domenic Stansberry".
  6. Hughes, Declan. "Crime fiction round-up: astute Brexit analogy in a 'Wicker Man' setting". The Irish Times.
  7. Hughes, Declan; Burke, Declan. "The best crime fiction of 2018". The Irish Times.

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