Author(s): Dominic Stansberry
Welcome to the dark side of the dolce vita
In the hot, shadowy streets of Rome, Vicki Wilson's lovers keep turning up dead.
Vittoria, as she's known in Italy, is a small-time actress who left behind a dark past in her native Texas and followed her fading writer husband to the Eternal City.
Guided by her controlling, obsessive brother Johnny, Vittoria soon enters the upper circles of Roman society, becoming a paparazzi darling and mingling with shady cardinals and corrupt senators. Among them is Paolo Orsini, who quickly falls prey to Vittoria's charms. Too bad he's married; too bad his wife, an aging film icon, is murdered.
From the ravishing beauty of Rome - a city of dark secrets held within the frescoed walls of glamorous palazzos- to the pristine beaches of Malibu and the dangerous alleys of a mysterious South American city, Vittoria finds herself at the heart of a lethal chase, spiralling dangerously out of control...
Winner of the Hammett Prize for Best Crime Fiction
An irresistible page-turner loved by readers:
'Sultry, decadent, and erotically charged' Booklist
'My, my, my, what a dark and sordid tale of jealousy, desire, and cold-blooded murder this proved to be... I absolutely loved it' Goodreads review *****
'A wild ride' Publisher's Weekly Starred Review
'Excellent read, it was tough to put this down... The writing and the tension in the story were phenomenal' Goodreads review *****
'Freaking incredible' Crimespree Magazine
'I couldn't put it down... Just incredible' Goodreads review *****
'Perhaps the most surprising feature of this tour de force is its pervasive links to both Jacobean tragedy and contemporary Mediterranean noir. Who knew?' Kirkus
'Modern noir as good as it gets' Goodreads review *****
'More than a murder mystery: a story of Italy, obsessions, candid cultural observations, and a sense of place and confused purpose that keep readers guessing, entertained, and thoroughly immersed' Midwest Book Review