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The Big Boom (North Beach Mystery #2)

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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 form
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Minotaur Books (first published May 2nd 2006)
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Ed
Jul 26, 2010 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This top-notch PI noir is set in San Francisco when the heady dot com bubble popped (~2001). Lots of Italian history and cultured is steeped around the North Beach area. The Chandleresque mood and metaphors underpin the bleak detective story with perfection. Immensely rewarding and a powerful read.
Maddy
Dec 09, 2009 Maddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007-reads
PROTAGONIST: Dante Mancuso, PI
SETTING: San Francisco (North Beach)
SERIES: #2 of 2
RATING: 4.0

Domenic Stansberry has been acclaimed as a writer of the "new noir" ever since the publication of his first book, THE LAST DAYS OF IL DUCE. He has a unique style which is hard to describe. It's spare but evocative, Chandleresque with a more sardonic point of view. THE BIG BOOM is the second book in the Dante Mancuso series set in San Francisco, and it perfectly captures the Big Boom world of venture capit
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Johnny
Sep 12, 2009 Johnny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The Big Boom is, of course, a murder mystery. You aren't positive from the beginning, but there is at least the possibility that there is more than one victim and that there might be a mistaken identity with regard to at least one of those victims. Even so, the mystery isn't too mysterious. Rather, it's uncomfortable. You are pretty sure who is responsible very early on. You are pretty sure that no one, including the private detective protagonist known as "The Pelican," is going to be satisfied ...more
Carolyn
Feb 06, 2012 Carolyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading The Confession, so this was a major disappointment. Stansberry's knowledge of North Beach may be passable (I'm not knowledgeable enough to call him out on it), but his description of other San Francisco and Bay Area geography is at times sloppy and in at least one instance downright wrong. (I don't understand how someone who claims to have lived in the city can get so many details wrong -- including some that could have easily been checked online, such as where the Transamerica ...more
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Brett Wallach
Feb 01, 2014 Brett Wallach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the way Domenic Stansberry writes. The Confession was one of the best mysteries I've ever read, and The Big Boom, though far different, is just as good. The way he juxtaposes new world technology with old world Italian ways is brilliant and poignant, and the pace, while teasingly deliberate, is never slow. I'd knock off half a star if I could for the way some things resolved in the end, but that's a quibble. Great book, great read.
Vicki Cline
May 15, 2010 Vicki Cline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other-mysteries
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Nick
May 30, 2008 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second novel in a mystery series set largely in San Francisco's old Italian section, North Beach. I don't know North Beach very well but I know Italian-Americans and Stansberry nails us, older generation, my generation, the whole thing. Well worth reading.
Denton
Jul 29, 2010 Denton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
New author for me, was a recommendation from someone on Goodreads. I will definitely read his other books.
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Good mystery set in San Francisco.
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Domenic Stansberry is an Edgar Award winning novelist known for his dark, innovative crime novels. His latest novel, The White Devil, tells the story of a young American woman in Rome, an aspiring actress, who— together with her too charming brother— is implicated in a series of crimes dating back to her childhood days in Texas. Stansberry is also the author of the North Beach Mystery Series, whic ...more
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