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The Evil That Men Do: A Jackson Donne Novel
     

The Evil That Men Do: A Jackson Donne Novel

by Dave White
 
Nominated for the prestigious Shamus Award, The Evil That Men Do is the second novel in Dave White's critically acclaimed Jackson Donne series.

Even generations later, you can't escape. . .the evil that men do.

Stripped of his private investigator’s license and slumming it as a night security guard at a Jersey storage facility, Jackson Donne

Overview

Nominated for the prestigious Shamus Award, The Evil That Men Do is the second novel in Dave White's critically acclaimed Jackson Donne series.

Even generations later, you can't escape. . .the evil that men do.

Stripped of his private investigator’s license and slumming it as a night security guard at a Jersey storage facility, Jackson Donne thinks he’s finally hit rock bottom. Then the bottom really falls out: The sister he hasn’t seen in years shows up, needing help.

Turns out Donne’s Alzheimer’s-stricken mother has begun hinting at long-buried family secrets from her hospital bed, suggesting a sinister–even murderous–past. Meanwhile, Donne’s relatives are suddenly being greeted by blackmail, car bombs, and bullets to the back of the skull.

All Donne wants is to disappear–preferably into a nice frosty pint glass–but he soon realizes that his only chance at saving his family, and himself, is by solving a mystery more than sixty years old. Now he needs to figure out how a hit man, crooked cops, corrupt politics, a kidnapping, and the city of Bayonne all fit together. He’ll discover that old family secrets still have the power to kill in this razor-sharp PI story that makes classic noir new again.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781940610054
Publisher:
Polis Books
Publication date:
01/07/2014
Series:
Jackson Donne , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
95,041
File size:
734 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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