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Blind to Sin: A Jackson Donne Novel Paperback – February 28, 2017
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"White is one of a group of younger writers reimagining the P.I. novel by giving Donne solid connections to his culture (he's not alienated from his world) and a moral self-awareness I think is more interesting than the traditional P.I. code of behavior. This book flies."
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Dave White is everything you hope for in a crime novelist, delivering both white-knuckle suspense and nuanced characters, propulsive action and an emotional wallop. These are books that both invigorate the genre and are also, truly, built to last.”
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"White has written a PI novel that is both traditional and fresh, one of the few new talents to join this much-plowed field with something interesting and original to say. Fans of detective novels will, we hope, be enjoying his work for years to come."
Chicago Sun-Times on WHEN ONE MAN DIES
"Everybody wins when a classic form, such as the private-eye novel, meets up with a class act, such as Dave White. In his remarkable debut novel, WHEN ONE MAN DIES, White manages the neat trick of respecting the genre's traditions while daring to nudge it toward something new and unexpected. And Jackson Donne is a wonderful character, someone with whom readers will happily share many beers in the Olde Towne Tavern for years to come. Lots of promise here -- in Donne and White. I'm rooting for both of them." Laura Lippman
"Will grab most readers from its opening sentences. Fans of hard-hitting, uncompromising private investigators will hope that Donne ditches his college dreams and continues to pound the pavement."
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A terrific novel, a unique and artful blend of the PI and the Police Procedural in a plot as nicely tangled and sexually violent as a cat fight, a story as deceptively simple as your first love and as fatal as your last car wreck. It's a great read.”
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"Stunning...fulfills the promise of his debut...the author does such a fine job of depicting the inner conflicts of his fallible but ultimately heroic protagonist."
Publishers Weekly on THE EVIL THAT MEN DO
"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." Library Journal
"White makes good use of the urban and suburban geography, accurately depicting the terrain. But that's not what makes his sophomore effort so readable and engaging. Rather, it's White's realistic depiction of family dynamics--readers will be struck by the sheer humanity on display in this novel, from Donne's strained relationship with his sister and brother-in-law, to the tragedy of the PI's mother's valiant but futile struggle with Alzheimer's disease, and finally, to the sacrifices that are sometimes required to keep one's family intact and safe." Mystery Scene
"Dave White's second novel, The Evil That Men Do, absolutely confirms and fulfills the promise of his highly regarded debut Jackson Donne novel, When One Man Dies; so, simply stated, readers looking for top-notch hard-boiled noir fiction featuring an intriguing protagonist and complex characterizations need look no further than Dave White's deftly plotted novels." Bookloons
"White handles his characters with a balance of emotional tension and action that drives this novel from the critical incident to a conflagration that leaves the survivors stunned."
About the Author
He received praise from crime fiction luminaries such as bestselling, Edgar Awardwinning Laura Lippman and the legendary James Crumley. His standalone thriller, Witness to Death, was an ebook bestseller upon release and named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. He lives in Nutley, NJ. Follow him at @dave_white. He lives in Nutley, NJ.
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Jackson Donne has spent the year since the events of An Empty Hell in prison. Being a former cop, a PI, and the scapegoat for a political assassination, nearly everyone in prison is gunning for Donne, but he has protection from Matt Herrick's father, Kenneth. Counter to Donne's wishes, the pair are released from prison, but the terms of their release include performing a heist on the Federal Reserve. Soon Matt Herrick is drawn into the pair's orbit and finds himself trapped in an explosive web of lies and family history.
With this novel, Dave White shows himself a true student of the genre. The heist theme is straight out of Donald Westlake, to whom White pays tribute by naming each part of the book after a different Parker novel.
Raymond Chandler once wrote about the private eye "down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid." But modern authors are turning Chandler's famous sentence on its head. Ray Banks put his PI, Cal Innes, through so much physical punishment that he was a cripple in Beast of Burden. Dave White seems to be putting Chandler's maxim to the test by putting Donne through so much emotional punishment to see if the mean streets can tarnish the man and turn him mean.
The history of the genre only informs and enriches the story. The actions of the characters are original (sometimes surprising) and White's characters feel lived-in. One criticism I have is multiple characters' reactions to events are described by an icy feeling in their chest or something stewing in their bowels. Also, more than one character counted to 10 or 20 before reacting in order to slow their heart rate and not be impulsive. I don't know how often this happened in the novel, but it happened a number of times in a short number of chapters that it felt repetitive and stuck out.
As always, White's books are enjoyable page-turners with actual depth. This one comes recommended.
White's characters become as complex as the plot, as conflicting motivations cause them to shift allegiances throughout the novel. Even the relatively minor characters show depth and their conflicts all contribute to a riveting story. Torn by loyalty to family and his own moral code, Matt Herrick faces one conflict after another and becomes a more complete hero than in the earlier "An Empty Hell." On his own traumatic journey, Jackson Donne morphs from prison victim to avenging angel.
"Breakneck pace" has become cliche as a descriptor of action novels, but readers will find themselves finishing "Blind to Sin" in one sitting. The book illustrates White's ability to rework the conventions of detective fiction in exciting ways.
Without spoilers, we see an ever changing Donne haunted by his past and get reintroduced to Matt Herrick and his complicated family.
If you're looking for an easy read that will keep you on the edge of your seat, buy this book today!!!
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There’s certainly no fun going on in ex-cop/PI Jackson Donne’s life, and any freewheeling taking place is of the acting...Read more