Dave White

Dave WhiteDave White was born in 1979 and holds a Masters in the Art of Teaching from Montclair State University. He is a winner and multiple-time nominee for the Derringer Award for best short story and was shortlisted for the 2005 StorySouth Million Writers Award. He has contributed to many anthologies and collections, including The Adventure of the Missing Detective andDamn Nead Dead. His debut novel, When One Man Dies, was published in 2007 and is shortlisted for the Strand Magazine Critics’ Award (Best First Novel). He lives in New Jersey.

A fresh, vital voice energizing the private-eye novel. Do yourself a favor and read Dave White now” – Laura Lippman

Books by Dave White

the-evil-that-men-doThe 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 worse, 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.


stunning” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Intricate plotting and nonstop action make this a nail-biting read from start to finish” Library Journal

June ‘08
World rights: Crown/Three Rivers Press

when one man diesWhen One Man Dies


A hit and run. Simple as that. And suddenly harmless old Gerry Figuroa is lying dead on the asphalt. New Jersey cop turned private investigator, Jackson Donne, sure as hell doesn’t want to investigate his drinking buddy’s death, but he’s made a promise that leaves him no choice. And before long he’s drawing uncomfortably close to a murderer.

Meanwhile, an apparently routine divorce case takes a dangerous turn and sinister connections to Gerry’s death start to emerge. Just when it seems things can’t get any worse, Donne learns that a bitter old enemy is mixed up in the whole mess. Bill Martin, his ex-narcotics dept partner, has secrets to expose that could reopen the still-aching wounds of Donne’s past. Permanently.

Donne would like nothing better than to crawl back into a bottle and forget he ever heard Gerry Figuroa’s name, but it’s too late for that. Now he’s in way too deep, tangled up in a plot whose tendrils reach far into his town’s past – and his own.


“an engrossing, evocative debut novel”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A unique and artful blend of the PI novel and the police procedural, with a story as deceptively simple as your first love and as fatal as our last car wreck … a terrific novel”James Crumley

Sept ‘07 (US)
World rights: Crown/Three Rivers Press
Romanian rights: RAO International

Dave White is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Allan –allan@jennybrownassociates.com