The Evil That Men Do [NOOK Book]


Nominated for the prestigious Shamus Award, THE EVIL THAT MEN DO is the second novel in Dave White's critically acclaimed Jackson Donne series.

Finally, Jackson Donne has it figured out. After giving up on the private investigation business, he's looking toward the future--one that involves getting married to Kate Ellison. Kate’s got him focused on living the good life: planning the wedding, finishing college, and anticipating a romantic ...
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Nominated for the prestigious Shamus Award, THE EVIL THAT MEN DO is the second novel in Dave White's critically acclaimed Jackson Donne series.

Finally, Jackson Donne has it figured out. After giving up on the private investigation business, he's looking toward the future--one that involves getting married to Kate Ellison. Kate’s got him focused on living the good life: planning the wedding, finishing college, and anticipating a romantic Hawaiian honeymoon. Until an anonymous email with a link and an old picture of him on the police force shows up in his mailbox. And once Donne clicks the link, nothing else in his life matters.

Bill Martin has it easy. The police detective spends his time drinking coffee and chasing down people who don’t pay their parking tickets. It’s the kind of job Martin looks forward to working every single day. That all stops the day Jackson Donne shows up at his office.

When Jackson Donne clicked on the link, he saw a live-stream of the one thing he never expected to see. Six years ago, his fiancée, Jeanne Baker died in a car accident with a drunk driver. Or so Donne thought. Because when his web browser opens, he’s taken to a video of Jeanne bound to a chair, bruised and screaming, but very much alive.

He starts to investigate, but quickly finds out he’s lost most of his contacts over the years. The live-stream has stopped working. The police hold a grudge that stems back to the days when he turned in his corrupt police colleagues, and neither they nor the FBI are willing to believe a dead girl’s been kidnapped.

As his investigation goes down one blind alley after another, Donne’s obsession with finding Jeanne grows. He begins pushing everyone away. Kate, seeing all he’s worked slipping away, begs Donne to tell her what’s going on. He does, but refuses to let her help. Vulnerable and alone, but unable to stop looking, Donne turns to Bill Martin--the only man to love Jeanne as much as he did—for help.

And that decision could cost Donne everything.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

White's stunning second crime novel to feature ex-cop and ex-PI Jackson Donne fulfills the promise of his debut, When One Man Dies(2007). Restaurateur Franklin Carter, Donne's obnoxious but rich brother-in-law, hires him to investigate Donne's mother's claims that his grandfather murdered someone. Since Donne's mother is suffering from dementia, the detective has his work cut out for him, even before someone bombs Carter's New York City restaurant and later abducts Carter. When Donne becomes a suspect after his elderly aunt and uncle are gunned down in their quiet New Jersey home, he must ally himself with a sympathetic cop to gain any traction in the case. Readers will readily forgive a major coincidence at the heart of the plot because the author does such a fine job of depicting the inner conflicts of his fallible but ultimately heroic protagonist. (June)

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Library Journal

Jackson Donne, stripped of his PI license and office, is working as a security guard. Worse, his Alzheimer's-stricken mother is dying, his brother-in-law's restaurant is destroyed, and his aunt and uncle are murdered. What do these events have to do with long-buried family secrets? Intricate plotting and nonstop action make this a nail-biting read from start to finish. White, winner of the Derringer Award for When One Man Dies, is a writer to watch.

—Jo Ann Vicarel
Kirkus Reviews
A down-on-his-luck ex-shamus returns to sleuthing to help his family. To say that Jackson Donne is at a low point in his life is like saying a tornado is windy. Abruptly widowed, deprived unfairly of his private investigator's license, he spends much too much time looking for solace in the bottle. Since he can no longer legally sleuth, he earns a pittance as a night-time security guard for a storage company. Enter Susan, the sister he's been forever out of touch with by his own choice. You simply discarded us, she accuses him, because you were afraid to let anyone get close enough to hurt. Now, however, there's trouble in the family, and Donne realizes how enlivening it is to be needed. Their mother has been saying strange, even scary things, Susan informs him, things that suggest a family past murkier than anyone has ever suspected. Are these the ramblings of dementia? Susan has to know. It may be that someone who plays for keeps wants desperately to see that certain secrets stay buried. An uncle and aunt are brutally murdered before Donne can question them. He himself endures a "message" beating. History, Donne learns the hard way, can have a long reach and a devastating punch. This sequel to When One Man Dies (2007) shows distinct improvement. But tight-lipped, under-responsive Donne remains essentially charisma-challenged.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781940610054
  • Publisher: Polis Books
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Digital Only
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 55,451
  • File size: 717 KB

Meet the Author

DAVE WHITE, born in 1979, is among the youngest winners of the Derringer Award. He has contributed to many anthologies and collections, including The Adventure of the Missing Detective and Damn Near Dead. His first novel, When One Man Dies, was published in 2007. Dave lives in New Jersey, where he teaches middle-school English.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    Part seven

    What now? Coal yanked on the bars while i paced. Coal looked at me. "How long have you been here?" I shrugged. "3 days, at lest." Coal noded. "Your boyfriend's been worried sick. He said that the as<_>sho<_>le who did this would go to he<_>ll." I sighed. Mack was a great boy who i had fallen in love with at school. It took three months to ask him out. Coal went on about my vanishment. I hardly listened. Jack was talking on his cellphone now. Jack was paceing. " course not...........what?" I listened harder. I could hear a mans cvoice muttering. Jack made a fis<_>t. "We had a deal!.......i dont care if you do! Let her go when i deliver it!.........ok bye." He hung up and groaned, landing on the bed. <p> coal watched him and shook his head. What was going on? I spoke up. "You can at lest tell us why you kid<_>naped us and shrunk us, jack." He sat up and frowned. "Its secret. Im not saying anything untll youre both 6 inches tall. Speaking of height, its time to mesure." He unlocked the cage and grabed coal first. He mesured him. 5 inches. He put him back and did me. 5 inches 2 c. He put me back and locked the cage. <p> to be continued.

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  • Posted December 15, 2008

    Eh, I thought

    A lot of big named writers praised this one, but I was unimpressed. Just another PI novel. No pizazz whatsoever. Certainly nothing deserving of all the praise.

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    Posted February 8, 2010

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