Kelli Stanley edited the summary of Kelli Stanley Tuesday, January 18, 2011.
About KelliKelli Stanley is an award-winning author of crime fiction (novels and short
stories).She makes her homein Dashiell Hammett’sSan Francisco, a cityshe loves to write about. Kelli earned a Masters Degreein Classics, loves jazz,classic films, battered fedorasand speakeasies.
secondnovel CITY OF DRAGONS <Indie Next Pick, February, 2010> will be released by Minotauron February 2, 2010.
Next Valentine's Day, you'll leave more than your heart behind in 1940 San Francisco ...
February, 1940. In San Francisco's Chinatown, fireworks explode as the city celebrates Chinese New Year with a Rice Bowl Party, a three day-and-night carnival designed to raise moneyand
supportfor China war relief. Stuck inthe crowd, Miranda Corbie, 33-year old private investigator, stumbles uponthe fatally shot bodyof Eddie Takahashi. The Chamber of Commerce wants it covered up. The cops acquiesce. All Miranda wants is justice--whatever it costs.
From Chinatown tenements,to a
tattered tailor's shopin Little Osaka, to a high-class bordello draped in Southern Gothic, she shakes downthe city--her city--seekingthe truth. "Children's Day",
short story prequel to CITY OF DRAGONS, will be published by Tor
upcoming International Thriller Writers Anthology FIRST THRILLS, featuring twelve stories from the bestsellers
today paired with twelve from
bestsellers of tomorrow.
Kelli's debut novel, NOX DORMIENDA (A Long Night for Sleeping)
(Five Star; July, 2008), won
Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award
was nominated for a Macavity Award (Sue Feder Memorial Historical Mystery).
The book broke new genre ground asthe
first "Roman noir", a pun on its unique combinationof Chandler-esqe hardboiled style and rich historical texture. CURSED (Maledictus),the sequelto NOX, will be published by Thomas Dunne/Minotaur in 2011.
For more information about Kelliand
her work, visit her website.
Praise for CITY OF DRAGONS
“Beautifully imagined and beautifully written—this book does everything great fictionis
“CITY OF DRAGONS is bigand
ambitious, both reverent and original. Author Kelli Stanley has her eye on greatness.” a
"CITY OF DRAGONS is
stunning recreationof time and place that I greatly enjoyed . . . as will everyone who reads it." Robert B. Parker
“Come … rush headlong into 1940’s San Francisco, wreathed in fog and Chinatown secrets. A city just like Stanley’s noir heroine,
“A powerful crimenovel
... Stanley’s dialogue bristles with attitude,the atmosphere is as thick asthe bay fog, and her protagonist is a great new dame in crime fiction. A smart, stunning thriller.”
Corbie, an ex-escort and current private eye, forever ‘a girl you didn’t take home to mother.’ But I’ll bet Raymond Chandler would have liked to get her number. You’ll be asking yourself why readingCITY OF DRAGONS – a story as dark as black coffee – makes you feel so good. And it does. Take a sip. I dare you.” Louise Ure
“Kelli Stanley’sCITY OF DRAGONS blew me to ribbons. From the opening chapter, we’re rootingfor Miranda,a marvelous, feisty, compassionate heroine who is my favourite P.I. to come downthe mean streets in oh, so long. Superb characterisations … anda story to make you weep. Fathers will never seem quite the same again. From the opening quote by Cornell Woolrich, we’re off and gasping, and not justfrom the lovely evocationsof another era of Chesterfields. Polish upthe Shamus, I know where it’s headed this year.”and
taut, Kelli Stanley’s CITY OF DRAGONS bursts with dark atmosphere. Fans of Raymond Chandlerand Megan Abbott should add Stanley to their list of must-read authors.” Tasha Alexander the
"All I could think of as I watched Miranda Corbie,
red-headed babeand licensed private eye, fast-talk her way through this cool book was how much funthe author must have had immersing herself in the B-movie world she's so lovingly recreated. Readers will have fun, too."of the
Otto Penzler, ed., Best American Noir Stories
"Kelli Stanley manages to achieve some very difficult things in
DRAGONS: recreating time and place powerfully but without excessive romanticizing, honoring the noir classics without losing any senseof originality, and capturingthe events and tensionsof the world without losingthe story along the way. It takes a very skilled writer to achieve something like this. Writtenin a prose style that's simultaneously staccatoand smooth, CITY OF DRAGONS is a compelling and powerful novel."
"In Kelli Stanley’s deft, sure hands, the classic noir form is transformed:CITY OF DRAGONS is imbued withthe colors, sounds, emotions and excitement of true history.the
urgent fears of a world on the brink of a world-shattering war with the gritty realities of the San Francisco streets: exploitation, racial prejudice, and the tawdry sins of everyday criminals.CITY OF
Stanley’s Miranda Corbie is tougher than tough, more of a hero than any man within the tantalizing scent of her ubiquitous Chesterfields.
DRAGONS is an explosive, important book—and the best part is an ending thatwill blow you away." Laura Benedict
“Kelli Stanley’sCITY OF DRAGONS is stunning, pitch-perfect noir. She conjures forth a lost, poignant,and darkly luminous San Franciscoin which Hammett -and LA’s Chandler - would feel immediately at home.” Cornelia Read
“Kelli Stanley’s haunting narrative voice seduces us into the gritty, racist, and somehow gorgeous CITY OF DRAGONS that is 1940 San Francisco. I wondered howthe scope of the crime could possibly be big enough to match the voice, the complex characters,and the powerful setting. And yet Stanley’s ending paid off perfectly. This is one of my favorite novels of all time. Watch out, Sam Spade, Miranda Corbie is a woman hardboiledand feminine enough to keep you in line!”