I m pretty sure this was the first novel written by the author Dave White Definitely a solid effort There are certainly some plot holes and certain characters get away with things that seem a bit unreasonable at times but the plot overall is pretty interesting and there are some great characters in this book The ending might have been my favorite part Brought everything together nicely with a few surprises as well I ll look into the sequels at some point down the line.
When One Man Dies Dave Whitewww.
comMystery PI Police ProceduralThree Rivers Press, 2007, 272 pps.
ISBN No 978 0 307 38278 8When Gerry Figora walks out of Artie s bar and is the victim of a hit and run Jackson Donne is suddenly plunged into a case that will reveal what a very small world we live in As Jackson tries vainly to save Gerry Figora, his mind reverts to other deaths that he has had a part in.
Jackson is a PI, former police officer and former drug addict At the young age of 28, he has worn many hats and is now seeking admission to Rutgers University with the goal of an education and a better life Gerry has been a regular at Artie s bar and Artie hires Jackson to find out who drove the car that sent Gerry to his death Artie feels that he owes it to Gerry to bring his killer to justice.
Jackson is also invol 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 Trailer Æ When One Man Dies PDF by ☆ Dave White 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 Department 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 I know I m late to the party Good stuff, Dave When this book came out, it was being talked about on all of the mystery blogs and websites that I frequent At the time, I wasn t all that interested in reading about P.
I s, but I was intrigued by all the talk.
But I still wasn t sold.
Luckily, Dave White s writing is easy to find on the internet.
I d read Dave s Derringer Award Winning Jackson Donne story Closure back in 2003 and remembered that I liked it I tracked down of his work online and loved it Some the stories were about Jackson Donne and some of them weren t, but they were all great.
I ran out and bought the novel.
It was terrific Great characters, great plot It renewed my faith in P.
When One Man Dies was my first introduction to Jackson Donne, and it proved to be a good one, as after finishing the book, I immediately wanted to move on to the second book In many ways, this is a standard P.
I novel In Donne we have a private eye who generally takes beatings than the ones he hands out, and ends up making as many mistakes as the ones he rights But a few things elevate it The first is the story, which while starting a bit slow, begins to ramp up as two cases Donne takes on begin to intertwine together, to the point that the end is as climatic and full of revelations as an ending should be Then we have the setting itself Maybe it s because I m a recent East Coast transplant, but I thought Jersey was a great backdrop, full of bars, bad people, and the shore.
There s a couple of small things which I hope get hashed out as the series À When One Man Dies À Dave White honors the traditions of the private eye novel with this first book in the Jackson Donne series, while taking those traditions in new and fascinating directions The book starts out as a pretty standard but entertaining PI story, with stock characters the gumshoe with a troubled past, the client wife who thinks her husband s up to something, the shady cop antagonist, etc Then the book takes some dark and brutal turns that give the characters real depth and give the book a serious emotional impact Highly recommended.
I read this one because it takes place in New Brunswick NJ, where I used to live But it rose above the hey I know that place feeling I thought the first 75% of the book was very well written It sort of fell apart at the end though, with repetition how many times can Pablo beat up Jackson, for god s sake and unlikely coincidence marring the conclusion Still, I ll give this series another shot soon.
When a bar regular is killed in a hit and run, private investigator Jackson Donne is asked by the bar s owner to look into their friends death Additionally, a wife suspecting her husband of cheating wants Donne s services to provide proof of adultery With two cases back to back, Donne finds himself suddenly busy, bruised, battered, bribed, and bloody it s a tough gig being a PI Jackson Donne is one of the best articulated and distinctly three dimensional private investigators I ve read in crime fiction Like many fictitious PI s he conforms to the stereotype yet brings a little something the table His past is present and future The drugs and people he used to converse with are paramount to his investigative work in the PI business A sickly blood splattered web of lies entraps Donne in