Selected Works

A missing friend, two abandoned tykes, Argentians, liars, SUV-driving suburbanites, and a floater. Ronnie figures it out, but it's not what you think.

"An engaging mystery with an appealingly cheeky heroine, brash humor, and plenty of unexpected twists." -Booklist

"Ventana is just as hard-boiled, softhearted and witty a sleuth as crime fiction's leading ladies, Kinsey Milhone and V.I. Warshawski, and she has a slight edge on them thanks to a legacy from her society thief (!) parents: she can pick a lock faster than Saint and Raffles combined." - Los Angeles Times Book Review (Dick Lochte)
"White's crackling new Ronnie Ventana mystery gets off to a fast start ... White keeps us guessing ...[and] keeps the pages turning." - San Francisco Sunday Examiner and Chronicle

"In this fast-paced adventure, White's lively and redoubtable sleuth makes splendid company..." -Publishers Weekly

"The satisfying momentum never flags from this first novel's opening moment ..." -Publishers Weekly


Best Paperback Original

Best Paperback Original

Best Paperback Original

She should have taken a check. She should have had it in writing. And she should have gotten away before the cops entered the picture and charged her with murder.

But P.I. and B&E speciallist Ronnie Ventana had gone ahead and done the job-for cash--testing the security system of a house in Presidio Heights. She got into the house, all right. But it was a house with a dead senator in the upstairs bathroom.

When Ronnie discovers that the woman who hired her was a fake--and has now vanished--her only hope is the senator's mentally retarded grandson. He was at the scene of the murder too. But someone has snatched the boy, and sent Ronnie into a labyrinth of false identities and buried motives from the Tenderloin to the Hall of Justice. Hidden in thisnot very pretty picture is one person with a fierce grudge--and one way out of the perfect frame...

"White's lively and redoubtable sleuth makes splendid company." -Publishers' Weekly

"TAUT, TENSE, TOUCHING AND EXCITING, CHARGED WITH GUILT charges to the top of the hard-boiled heap. Buy it, read it--you won't put it down." -Joe Gores

“IRRESISTIBLE … You feel [White] had a fine time writing the book; as a result, you'll have a fine time reading it." -The Cleveland Plain Dealer