DOMENIC STANSBERRY is an Edgar Award winning novelist known for his dark, innovative crime novels. His most recent, Naked Moon—the fourth and final book in the North Beach Mystery series—was named as a finalist for the 2011 Shamus Award and has won praise in the New York Times and other publications for its rich portrayal of the ethnic and political subcultures in San Francisco. Other books in the critically acclaimed series include The Ancient Rain, The Big Boom and Chasing the Dragon. An earlier novel, The Confession, received an Edgar Allan Poe Award for its controversial portrait of a Marin County psychologist accused of murdering his mistress. Other books include The Last Days of Il Duce, a finalist for both the Edgar Allan Poe and Hammett Awards, and Manifesto for the Dead. His first novel, The Spoiler, was described by Publishers Weekly as a classic in the genre.