Madman on a Drum (Rushmore McKenzie Series #5)

Madman on a Drum (Rushmore McKenzie Series #5)

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by David Housewright
     
 

Homicide cop Bobby Dunston's daughter has been kidnapped, taken in broad daylight on a city street in the middle of September. The kidnappers demand a million dollars and force Dunston to get the ransom from his friend McKenzie. It soon becomes apparent to the two of them that one of the kidnappers is childhood pal Scottie, a once aspiring drummer now gone astray,

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Homicide cop Bobby Dunston's daughter has been kidnapped, taken in broad daylight on a city street in the middle of September. The kidnappers demand a million dollars and force Dunston to get the ransom from his friend McKenzie. It soon becomes apparent to the two of them that one of the kidnappers is childhood pal Scottie, a once aspiring drummer now gone astray, and that the kidnapping is payback for "crimes" committed in their past.

McKenzie, former cop and now unlicensed P.I., handles the ransom drop-off and the child is returned safely. But Scottie is found dead - brutally murdered - and someone has taken out an open contract on McKenzie, using his own money to pay for it. Dodging attempts on his life from assassins of all shapes and sizes, McKenzie now has precious little time to uncover the mastermind behind it all if he's going to survive.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Housewright's unapologetically flawed hero charms, while the clean plot lines, palpable Minnesota winter, and understated humor make this a good, satisfying read."

Publishers Weekly on Pretty Girl Gone

“Housewright is terrific—funny, wry, and dead-on—which, along with some unexpected plot twists, gives this the sort of appeal that will have readers asking for the next book as well as ones that can fill in Mac’s history."

Booklist on Dead Boyfriends

"It's got twists and double-crosses, exciting car chases and gun battles, leavened by plenty of laughs—a noirish novel with emphasis on the ish."

The Boston Globe on Tin City

“It's clear [Housewright] is a Minnesotan in his bones, so his depiction of everything from beekeeping to the byways of Hilltop embeds us in a location where quiet indiscretions and desires highlight daily life... amiable and appealing…”

— Washington Post on Tin City

“An amiable throwback to Marlowe/Archer. Housewright has a keeper in McKenzie —tough, smart, and sufficiently flawed to be entirely likable.”—Kirkus Reviews on A Hard Ticket Home

Publishers Weekly

Hate, revenge and old-fashioned greed propel Edgar-winner Housewright's stellar fifth mystery to feature former St. Paul, Minn., cop Rushmore McKenzie (after 2007's Dead Boyfriends). When the older grade school-age daughter of McKenzie's old friend, St. Paul homicide chief Bobby Dunston, is kidnapped on her way home from school, the unlicensed PI gets on the case. Soon McKenzie is hurtling headlong through the Twin Cities' meanest streets with a $50,000 price on his head. Housewright's chivalric noir hero never fails to charm, whether mourning a St. Paul that's lost much of its colorful, if shady, past or busting a bestial dogfight entrepreneur out in the chilly countryside. Against a realistic Minnesota backdrop, this homage to Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer raises cutting questions about crime and punishment and today's price of friendship and loyalty. Of course, McKenzie knows it's all about money, but Housewright makes it so fresh and real it hurts. (May)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312370817
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
05/13/2008
Series:
Twin Cities P.I. Mac McKenzie Novels Series, #5
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.96(w) x 8.38(h) x 0.95(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Housewright's unapologetically flawed hero charms, while the clean plot lines, palpable Minnesota winter, and understated humor make this a good, satisfying read."

Publishers Weekly on Pretty Girl Gone

“Housewright is terrific—funny, wry, and dead-on—which, along with some unexpected plot twists, gives this the sort of appeal that will have readers asking for the next book as well as ones that can fill in Mac’s history."

Booklist on Dead Boyfriends

"It's got twists and double-crosses, exciting car chases and gun battles, leavened by plenty of laughs—a noirish novel with emphasis on the ish."

The Boston Globe on Tin City

“It's clear [Housewright] is a Minnesotan in his bones, so his depiction of everything from beekeeping to the byways of Hilltop embeds us in a location where quiet indiscretions and desires highlight daily life... amiable and appealing…”

— Washington Post on Tin City

“An amiable throwback to Marlowe/Archer. Housewright has a keeper in McKenzie —tough, smart, and sufficiently flawed to be entirely likable.”—Kirkus Reviews on A Hard Ticket Home

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