Re: RARA-AVIS: *True Confessions* by Domenic Stansberry from Hardcase Crime

From: Steve Novak (
Date: 17 Oct 2004

>From what you say this book seems to have nothing to do with the excellent
film called True Confessions from Ulu Grosbar which they play on TV once in a while...???

On 10/17/04 10:58, "Bludis Jack" <> wrote:

> Last night, I finised reading *True Confessions*
> by Domenic Stansberry. It's one of the November
> releases from Hardcase Crime. (Only 6.99 in
> paperback.)
> This is my forth Dominic Salisberry I have read,
> and it won't be my last.
> I think Stansberry has created his own sub-genre
> with this "middle class noir" novel about a
> forensic psychologist who is accused of murder.
> Calling it noir belies my own definition to a
> point, but ultimately, I think, the main
> character is screwed. The book is also dark and
> sinister, so hats off to Jim Doherty's
> definiation as well.
> The first half of the book reads like a
> mainstream novel with references to the various
> criminal cases that Jake Danser has studied and
> on which he has testified.
> So as not to give too much of the story away, I
> will just say that Danser and his wife are having
> marital problems and they separate. Danser is
> accused of murder and hires a smart criminal
> attorney to defend him.
> Told in the abstract, that does not sound like
> much, but Stansberry gives layers of meaning and
> almost subliminal information and questions that
> complicate the situation for Danser and the
> reader.
> This is a damn good book told in the first person
> in a style that is totally individual. It is some
> of the best writing I have seen in recent years,
> and I can think of no current author who writes
> better than Stansberry.
> Stansberry has been twice nominated for an Edgar,
> snf I have a sense that hr is an author whose
> time has come. My compliments to Charles Ardai
> for making this book and other hardboiled an
> noril novels available in a low-cost format.
> The book comes with a cover painting in the style
> of the old Gold Medal Books and a cover quote
> which asks the important question of the novel:
> "Was he an innocent man . . . or a depraved
> killer."
> It's a question no reader will fail to ask after
> the murder.
> Jack Bludis
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