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Product Details

  • Series: A Jackson Donne Novel
  • Paperback: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (June 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307382796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307382795
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Estranged from his family, Jackson Donne is surprised and angered when his sister demands that he help her as their mother slips toward death from the effects of Alzheimer’s. Donne’s mother is now living in the past and speaking cryptically of tragic events that took place 70 years ago. Now those events threaten the family that Donne has just rejoined. His brother-in-law’s Manhattan restaurant is bombed. His elderly aunt and uncle are murdered, execution-style. His brother-in-law is kidnapped, and his sister has no access to the money demanded as ransom. It falls to Donne to save his family. This second Jackson Donne novel is uneven. Donne’s nemesis is a fascinating character, but how he came to be so preternaturally clever isn’t explained. Scenes of Donne’s mother’s decline, however, are knowing and movingly written, and the gritty New Jersey locale seems an ideal setting for portraying the evil that men do. Not yet 30, author White has plenty of time to polish his skills. Keep an eye on him. --Thomas Gaughan

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“A fresh, vital voice energizing the private-eye novel. Do yourself a favor and read Dave White now.”
—Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author of What the Dead Know

The Evil That Men Do cements Dave White’s place as one of the rising stars of crime fiction. A gripping read from an author who has infused the PI novel with fresh blood for a new millennium.”
–Jason Pinter, bestselling author of The Guilty and The Mark

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Darlington on February 25, 2015
Format: Paperback
Dave White’s second novel starts shortly after his superb debut When One Man Dies. New Jersey P.I. Jackson Donne, recently stripped of his license, finds himself working a dead-end night security job at a storage facility in Piscataway. Donne, estranged from his family for years, gets an unexpected visit from his sister, Susan Carter. She tells him their mother is suffering from Alzheimer’s and claims their grandfather, Joe Tenant, killed a man in 1938. As Donne begins his investigation, the restaurant owned by Susan’s husband is bombed and, as befits a noir novel, the stories eventually intertwine.

As with his previous novel and numerous stories, White’s prose is stripped down and pitch-perfect. It is nearly impossible to find a clunky sentence or a bit of hooptedoodle. The parallel narrative of Joe Tenant in 1938 and Jackson Donne in present day is a nice twist on the genre. You can see the family traits passed down from grandfather to grandson. Tenant is tenacious in tracking down those who promised to do his family harm. Donne, always a tenacious investigator, starts off as resistant to the pull of family only to end up reconciling with his family and becoming stronger for it.

As always, White likes to put Donne through the emotional wringer. Since this novel is written in third person, White also takes the opportunity to put a few of his characters through a physical wringer too. His brutal descriptions of a character’s imprisonment and torture fit nicely with other 21st century novels.

The book is definitely a page-turner. I picked up my copy on its release date and tore through the first 80 some odd pages in my first sitting. Though I will say, this novel didn’t resonate with me as long as Dave’s first. Maybe my anticipation of another Donne novel built things up too much. Maybe the shift from first to third person didn’t get me connected as closely with Donne. I don’t know. This is still a great book and I recommend it to everyone.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on June 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
Jackson Donne is not a happy man. He has suffered through losing his job at the police department, drug abuse and rehab. His fiancée was killed. He has lost his PI License and is working as a night security guard. Jackson is trying to rebuild his life and attend Rutgers University.

Now his sister Susan is begging him to visit his mother in the nursing home. She wants Jackson to find out more about their grandfather. Jackson and Susan's mother is suffering from Alzheimer's and keeps reliving times when she was little. She talks about her father killing a man. Jackson hasn't seen his sister in years and only wants to try to rebuild his own life and isn't interested in the past. Finally after a visit from his brother-in-law Franklin Carter, Jackson agrees to at least look into the matter.

Soon Jackson is forced to solve a mystery that occurred before he was even born in order to save what is left of his family. Susan and her husband, Franklin Carter, are both in grave danger and only answers from the past can help save them. Car bombs, blackmail and more all enter the picture.

Dave White's novels are exciting and keep you on edge all the way. I enjoyed the first Jackson Donne novel When One Man Dies, and this one tops the first.

Armchair Interviews says: Always great to find a story that is so well done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By robynv on July 4, 2014
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I have to admit I have a crush on Jackson Donne and the author never disappoints! Faced paced thriller that keeps you turning page after page!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marie Kathryn Copenhaver on May 6, 2014
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The book was a good read, well written. Look forward to reading more books by Dave White and have recommended this book to friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rick Sands on January 7, 2014
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I love the Jackson Donne books by Dave White and this one is another clear winner. I highly recommend this great young author & his outstanding work!!!
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More About the Author

Dave White is the Shamus Award Nominated author of the Jackson Donne series and thriller WITNESS TO DEATH, available from Polis Books. He has been nominated for multiple awards for both his novels and short stories. In his spare time, he's a middle school teacher.

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