BOOK REVIEW: WHEN ONE MAN DIES
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BY DAVE WHITE
When 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 involved in a new case involving a suspicious wife with a husband that she fears is cheating. Jackson begins to find clues that lead him to believe Gerry’s death and Rex Hanover, the husband in his new case may somehow be connected. Bill Masters, a detective and Jackson’s former partner, is assigned the case of Gerry Figora. Bill hates Jackson Donne and will do anything to see him suffer. Tracy, Gerry’s niece, also has connections to Jackson’s past. Gerry’s death brings Tracy back into Jackson’s life and he is reminded of his deceased fiancée and his time as a drug addict.
Dave White manages to pull all of these disconnected facts into a riveting story. I did wish that the book revealed more of the actual circumstances involved in the matter that put some police officers in jail and caused Bill Martin to hate Jackson so much. Had I thought to check White’s website I could have found some answers in his earlier published stories.
REVIEWED BY PATRICIA REID
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