A grifter cons an entire town using McKenzie's name, leaving
the real McKenzie facing an angry town with nothing left to lose.
Rushmore McKenzie is a retired cop, an unexpected millionaire
and, occasionally, an unlicensed private investigator. So, it
isn't the biggest surprise in the world when he's attacked and
kidnapped from his home - McKenzie has more than a few enemies
out there with a grudge against him. But it is a surprise when
it turns out his kidnapping is a case of mistaken identity.
Bounty hunters grab McKenzie and take him to the small plains
town of Libbie, South Dakota which just lost pretty much
everything it had to a con man masquerading under McKenzie's name.
Using a scam involving a planned new shopping mall, the grifter
apparently emptied out the town's bank account before disappearing, l
eaving behind a devastated town full of people with many reasons
to hate him. To that list of enemies, he's just added McKenzie
who is now determined to catch the weasel besmirching his reputation.
But the stolen money is just the tip of a deadly iceberg.
McKenzie's manhunt soon reveals a web corruption that holds the
entire town in its grip and threatens everything he holds dear.
"Edgar-winner Housewright nicely confounds readers' expectations
in his absorbing seventh hard-boiled mystery featuring ex-cop
and millionaire Rushmore McKenzie... Crisp prose and clever plot
developments help the chapters fly by and should win this
deserving author a wider audience."
"Housewright jumps right into the story in his seventh
Rushmore McKenzie mystery: it opens with two men breaking into
McKenzie’s Minnesota house, zapping him with a Taser, throwing
him into the trunk of a car, and transporting him several hundred
miles to, of all places, Libbie, South Dakota. Once there, they
discover they got the wrong guy: they’re looking for a con man
who used McKenzie’s name and identity to bilk the town of Libbie
out of a lot of money. Believe it or not—and McKenzie can
scarcely believe it—the abductors then ask the abductee to help
them out by finding the con man and bringing him to justice.
McKenzie, who describes himself as a “knight-errant doing favors
for friends” (he’s a retired cop with a lot of money so he
doesn’t need a day job), makes a fine series lead, charmingly
unlikable in a likable sort of way, and the stories are solid
mysteries with a hint of humor. A very enjoyable series that
deserves a wider audience."
"Not many recurring mystery protagonists win over the reader
the way Rushmore McKenzie does, and not many mystery writers
possess the sylistic wherewithal and storytelling abilities of
St. Paul, Minnesota, author David Housewright... Housewright
commences what amounts to a modern-day Western, complete with
saloon fights, scarlet women (some with hearts of gold), outlaws,
bullies, an imposing sheriff, and the big bad dude who aims to
be the boss of everyone, on account of he pretty well owns the
town. The book's title even sounds like that of a Western, and
Housewright takes the story to John Ford heights... This
can't-put-it-down novel would make a winning gift for Father's
Day, or for any mystery lover (well, lover of mysteries) in your
--Shine from Yahoo
Other books by David Housewright
Unidentified Woman #15
The Devil May Care
The Last Kind Word
Curse of the Jade Lily
The Devil and the Diva
Madman On A Drum
Pretty Girl Gone
A Hard Ticket Home
Practice to Deceive