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Dave Pedneau

Updated on May 1, 2014
Dave Pedneau in 1990
Dave Pedneau in 1990

David Elliot Pedneau (September 28, 1947- December 12, 1990) was a reporter and columnist for the Bluefield Daily Telegraph and Princeton Times. He was also a magistrate judge for Mercer County, West Virginia (1977-1981). He spent the last years of his life writing mystery and horror novels at his home in Kegley, West Virginia.

Born in Princeton, West Virginia Pedneau resided in the area until his death.

Aside from writing novels he enjoyed playing music with local bands such as the Melody Makers and the Red Coats.

As of August, 2012 Crossroad Press has taken on the task of publishing Dave Pedneau's books in e-book format. Updates will be provided on the releases of his novels.



  • Presumption of Innocence (January 1985)
  • Dead Witness (March 1987)
  • Blue Movie- Used for an episode in the television series "Private Eye" (1988)
  • D.O.A. [Dead on Arrival] (February 1988)
  • B.O.L.O [Be On The Look Out] (April 1989)
  • A.K.A. [Also Known As] (June 1990)
  • A.P.B. [All Points Bulletin] (January 1991)
  • B. & E. [Breaking and Entering] (February 1991)
  • N.F.D. [No Fair Deal] (April 1992)

Pedneau also used pseudonyms to publish books in the horror genre.

  • How Dear the Dawn [Marc Elliott] (1990)
  • Night, Winter and Death [Lee Hawks] (1990)



As of 2012, Crossroad Press has taken on the task of publishing all of Dave Pedneau's books. Currently, all the books in his six book series have been published as well as "How Dear the Dawn." You can find them at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and directly from Crossroad Press.

Also most titles are now available in audio book format at The Audio Bookstore!

Or you can check out Dave's official website, anytime.

If you're looking to re-read Dave's books in eBook format or even read for the first time, send me an email and I'll get you a copy of his first book, "A.P.B" in eBook format for free! All I ask is that you please leave a helpful review for all to see! Just shoot me an email (in my profile) and let me know which format you would like the book to be in (Nook or Kindle). Thanks!

Keep checking back for updates!

Academic Life

Pedneau attended high school at Princeton Senior High School from 1963-1695. He was chosen for All-State Band and thoroughly enjoyed swing and jazz music. Later in life he played stand up bass for local bands including the Melody Makers and the Red Coats. Pedneau later attended Concord College (known now as Concord University) and received Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Political Science and Economics.

Personal life and death

Pedneau met Margie Thompson at Concord College and they had one son, Marc Elliot Pedneau who was born in 1969.They divorced soon after however they remained close friends. In 1975 Pedneau remarried to Elaine Hawkins and gave birth to their only child, Holly, in 1985. In 1982 Pedneau's son, Marc and ex-wife Margie were moving from Raleigh, North Carolina to Buena Vista, Virginia. In Hillsboro, North Carolina a drunk driver struck their Volkswagen van and both died after the accident. His sister, Judy Pedneau, wife Elaine and daughter Holly still reside in the Princeton area. Pedneau began writing full time at his residence. He suffered a heart attack on December 12, 1990.

Dave Pedneau and daughter, Holly (1985).
Dave Pedneau and daughter, Holly (1985).

A Personal Note

Even though I didn't get to know him, I am honored to call Dave Pedneau my father. Most of my knowledge about him has come from my mother, Elaine, and aunt Judy. The community that we reside in has also helped me get to know him and for that I will be forever grateful. His books are now out of print, but still can be found on Amazon and in random used book stores. There is no real information about him online so I wanted to provide information to those that bought his books and are seeking further knowledge. This hub is being published in memory of his birthday (September 28, 1947).


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      Richard Simpson 23 months ago

      Dear Sir,

      My name is Richard Simpson and I came across your blog about your father. I was wondering whether you might be interested in republishing the books as eBooks that are no longer in print.

      I work for Endeavour Press - the UK's leading independent digital publisher - and we have a lot of success with bringing out of print books back into the market.

      We can offer you a 30% royalty of the list price of the books, which is more than most other publishers.

      Please let me know should you be interested in discussing things some more and I can arrange for you to speak to Richard Foreman.

      Further information about Endeavour Press can also be found at



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      Lou White 2 years ago

      Holly, first when I went to rate your article the graft stick at 2, I was trying to do ten.


      Your Fathers books are all very good, and I have never guessed an ending, like in most mysteries.

      If you decide to write books I would like to read them, must admit I now read on nook.

      Thank you for the information about your Father.

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      Mary Colberg 4 years ago

      I read DOA a long time ago and had been searching for other books to no avail. I was curious as to why Mr. Pedneau's books were not on the shelves. I am sorry for your loss. I will look for some of the others online. I am a big police procedural fan and loved DOA.

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      Holly Pedneau 4 years ago from Princeton, West Virginia

      Just wanted to let everyone know that "How Dear the Dawn" and "A.P.B." are now available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes and Noble! Thanks for the support!

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      Charlie 5 years ago

      He started a newspaper in Princeton, Mountaineer Press. I painted the lettering on the storefront. I may have gotten the job because I was dating his sister.

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      Holly Pedneau 5 years ago from Princeton, West Virginia

      @ RSR-- Thanks for pointing that out! I really appreciate it. and @ elom-- you got it!

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      RSR 5 years ago

      A good job here. It is always good to find out 'the rest of the story' as to why some authors stop putting out their books.

      I should note that you have the psudonyms reversed for those two works and that they should list as:

      How Dear the Dawn [Marc Elliot] (1990)

      Night, Winter and Death [Lee Hawks] (1990)

      Good luck and thanks for putting this up for the rest of us.

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      elom 6 years ago

      Hi Holly....found this article, thanks for writing it.

      Francie, Marc was my brother, I think I remember him being your boyfriend vaguely, though i was pretty young then.

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      Holly Pedneau 6 years ago from Princeton, West Virginia

      @ Francie Uffalussy Fergus- How wonderful! You're right. I didn't know Marc at all, I wish I had. His mother did remarry and they had two children who I keep in touch with. So glad you found this information-- and shared your story!!

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      Francie Uffalussy Fergus 6 years ago

      Marc,your brother-that you never got to meet,either-and I were boyfriend and girlfriend for a while(he was my first boyfriend)while he was living in Raleigh with family.It seems to me that his mom had gotten remarried? And I remember a baby too.It's just been SO LONG!I'm definitely going to check out your Dad's books...I CAN'T get enough of reading,and now I have both of my little boys hooked on reading too!

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      Judy Pedneau 6 years ago

      Great job, Holly -- he would be so proud of you.

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      ruffridyer 6 years ago from Dayton, ohio

      I hope this loving tribute to your father generates a lot of interest in his work.