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5/20:Mystery novelists Domenic Stansberry & Cornelia Read

Posted by novoscene on May 20, 2008

Tonight Moe’s Books in Berkeley hosts a reading by two prominent local mystery writers:

Domenic Stansberry is an Edgar Award winning novelist known for his dark, innovative crime novels, many of which are set in and around San Francisco. His most recent, The Ancient Rain, takes place in the aftermath of 9/ll, when a federal prosecutor re-opens murder charges in a politically charged slaying that occurred some thirty years before. The ghosts of the radical Symbionese Liberation Army–the group that kidnapped Patti Hearst–haunt the streets of San Francisco, intermingling with contemporary demons in this chilling political novel. The Ancient Rain is the third installment of the critically acclaimed series featuring North Beach detective Dante Mancuso. “This brilliantly imagined version of real events packs an emotional wallop genre fiction rarely delivers.” (Kirkus, in a starred review of The Ancient Rain.)

Berkeley author Cornelia Read knows old-school WASP culture firsthand, having been born into the tenth (and last) generation of her mother’s family to live on Oyster Bay’s Centre Island. She was subsequently raised near Big Sur by divorced hippie-renegade parents. Her childhood mentors included Sufis, surfers, single moms, Black Panthers, Ansel Adams, draft dodgers, striking farmworkers, and Henry Miller’s toughest ping-pong rival. From this acclaimed author of A Field of Darkness comes another compelling novel, The Crazy School, which again features the acerbic and memorable voice of ex-debutante Madeline Dare. Madeline Dare has finally escaped rust-belt Syracuse, New York, for the lush Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts. After her husband’s job offer falls through, Maddie signs on as a teacher at the Santangelo Academy, a boarding school for disturbed teenagers. Behind the academy’s ornate gates, she discovers a disturbing realm where students and teachers alike must submit to the founder’s bizarre therapeutic regimen. Cut off from the outside world, Maddie must join forces with a small band of the school’s most violently rebellious students-kids whose troubled grip on reality may well prove to be her only chance of salvation.

Domenic Stansberry & Cornelia Read
Moe’s Books
2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley


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