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


Analisa Bugatti, Ronnie's long absent best friend, shows up unexpectedly with two tiny tots in tow. Midway through lunch, she vanishes and Ronnie's stuck with the kids and a fresh new case to work. Dead ends and blind alleys--the answers are in the hard and dark facts, they're buried in the secrets of a friend she thought she knew.

When jazz legend Match Margolis drops dead on top of Ronnie at his "second coming" comeback concert, rumors fly that with his last breath he whispered his killer's name to her. Ronnie's in the hotseat and this time it's personal.

EDGAR Award Finalist
SHAMUS Award Finalist

Ronnie's quest to lay the ghosts of her cat burglar parents to rest once and for all breaks open long dormant secrets of the people who taught her everything they knew--or so she thought. Justice, as she finds it, is in the unexpected.

EDGAR Award Finalist
SHAMUS Award Nominee
ANTHONY Award Finalist

Ronnie's so excited about landing a security testing gig that she overlooks all the danger signs until she ends up handcuffed, a prime suspect in the killing of the senator in the bathtub upstairs.

Uzi-toting goons chase Bink Hanover into Ronnie's apartment at 3:30 A.M. He's a jerk, but he's in trouble, so Ronnie does what she does best--and lives to regret it.

Named AUDIO BEST of the YEAR by Publishers Weekly
Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

On her morning jog, Ronnie sees one man strangle another and throw him into San Francisco Bay. Without a body, nobody believes her when she learns the killer's a top mover on everybody's A-list.

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