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


After a fifteen-year absence, Ronnie Ventana’s high school friend Analisa Bugatti shows up in San Francisco with a couple of babies in tow. Mid-lunch at a Chinatown restaurant, Analisa vanishes. But the kids don’t.

Is Analisa in trouble, or simply criminally irresponsible? Ronnie opts for the benefit of the doubt, skips the bureaucratic quagmire of Child Protective Services, and temporarily stashes the kids with a grumbling Blackie Coogan while she sets off to find her friend.

What she uncovers is a web of lies and failed loyalties, where the babies are the currency and not the only losers in a high stakes game of greed and need.

"ONE OF THE BEST OF THE FEMALE INVESTIGATORS- bright, capable, hard-boiled… Fast-paced and tightly written."
- San Francisco Chronicle