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

Meet Veroninca 'Ronnie' Ventana, daughter of the infamous Ventanas, the couple who made cat burglary classy. But Ronnie, with her special expertise in burglar alarm systems--getting past them, that is--and her best friend, Blackie Coogan, shamus emeritus of San Francisco, operate on the legit side of the law.

Running is supposed to be the path to health, but for Ronnie it's suddenly a direct route to danger. At six A.M. on the edge of the Bay, she's the jogger who stumbles onto the scene of a crime. The killer has seen her face and she's IDed him as a political honcho with enough clout to cover up anything...even murder. Now she's running for her life from the barrios to San Francisco's ritziest neighborhoods...and her destination is that dark place called Justice and Revenge.

"THE SATISFYING MOMENTUM NEVER FLAGS FROM THIS FIRST NOVEL'S OPENING MOMENT … Readers will want more of Ventana, an appealing protagonist who engages in intelligent, stylish sleuthing." and “White's lively and redoubtable sleuth makes splendid company."
-Publishers Weekly