North Beach Mysteries

4 books in series
3 out of 5 stars 14 ratings

Chasing the Dragon Publisher's Summary

A complicated, shadowy man in disgrace, Dante Mancuso leads a double life. Lately, though, the line he walks has become razor thin. Dante works for The Company, a nebulous security organization operating just this side of the law. Dante wants out, but it's a hard life to leave behind - rich with its own seductions, its own dark attractions.

His latest assignment sends him back to his old North Beach neighborhood in San Francisco. First rendezvous? His estranged father's funeral in the dying heart of Little Italy. Here Dante picks up the strands of his old life and soon finds himself playing an even more elaborate game, a game that involves not just his duplicitous family, but also his ex-fiance and his former colleagues in the San Francisco Police Department.

Adept as he is, Dante can not play this game forever. He's pursued by the laconic Frank Ying, a Chinese detective anxious to know the secrets Dante hides. Caught between the sinister imperatives of The Company and the ghosts of his own past, Dante treads a harrowing path to a confrontation more lethal - and more surprising - than he could have imagined.

With Chasing the Dragon, Domenic Stansberry - the acclaimed writer of modern noir - introduces a new hardboiled series set in San Francisco. In this, the series opener, Stansberry tells a story written in clear homage to the masters of the genre, yet with an original, breathtaking voice all his own.

©2004 Domenic Stansberry (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Chasing the Dragon

    • A North Beach Mystery
    • By: Domenic Stansberry
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 4

    A complicated, shadowy man in disgrace, Dante Mancuso leads a double life. Lately, though, the line he walks has become razor thin.Dante works for The Company, a nebulous security organization operating just this side of the law. Dante wants out, but it's a hard life to leave behind-rich with its own seductions, its own dark attractions.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Pretty Good Mystery

    • By L. Neumar on 05-15-11

    Regular price: $17.95

  • Book 2

    • The Big Boom

    • A North Beach Mystery
    • By: Domenic Stansberry
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 4

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Soap Opera, Awful

    • By Empress Karen on 08-27-14

    Regular price: $17.95

  • Book 3

    • The Ancient Rain

    • A North Beach Mystery
    • By: Domenic Stansberry
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      2 out of 5 stars 2

    After a career with a shadowy security firm with interests on both sides of the law, Dante has come home to put all that behind him and has gone to work for a private investigator. A call alerts him early one morning that Bill Owens, a fellow P.I., has been charged with a notorious 30-year-old killing. Bill was involved in a political group in the late 60s, which among other pranks and small-time crimes, held up a bank....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A bit scattered

    • By HIYBRID on 02-06-12

    Regular price: $17.95

  • Book 4

    • Naked Moon

    • A North Beach Mystery
    • By: Domenic Stansberry
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    Set in San Francisco in the crumbling vestiges of Italian North Beach, Domenic Stansberry's latest novel plunges once again into the noir underworld of Dante Mancuso. This new installment of Stansberry's critically acclaimed series, Naked Moon, unearths a past Mancuso had hoped to escape. Before becoming a private investigator, Dante worked for a secret corporate security firm---known simply as the company---that prized effectiveness over legality.

    Regular price: $17.95