The Taking of Libbie, SD (Rushmore McKenzie Series #7) [NOOK Book]

Overview

In David Housewright's The Taking of Libbie, SD, a grifter cons an entire town using Mac 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 an occasional unlicensed private investigator. So, it isn’t the biggest surprise in the world when he’s attacked and kidnapped from his home—McKenzie has...

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The Taking of Libbie, SD (Rushmore McKenzie Series #7)

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Overview

In David Housewright's The Taking of Libbie, SD, a grifter cons an entire town using Mac 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 an occasional 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.

McKenzie was taken to the small plains town of Libbie, South Dakota which just lost pretty much everything it had to a con man using McKenzie’s name. Using a scam involving a new shopping mall, the grifter apparently stole all the money electronically from the bank then disappeared, leaving 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 help the devastated townspeople, as well as catch and punish the weasel besmirching his reputation.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Edgar-winner Housewright nicely confounds readers' expectations in his absorbing seventh hard-boiled mystery featuring ex-cop and millionaire Rushmore McKenzie (after 2009's Jelly's Gold). After two men abduct McKenzie from his St. Anthony, Minn., home, and transport him to the small town of Libbie, S.D., McKenzie learns he's wanted for a scam that threatens Libbie's financial future. He's soon able to establish that a con man adopted his identity—and agrees, instead of suing, to help attractive city council member Tracie Blake track down the grifter. McKenzie, who comes to believe that the criminal must have had help from the inside, begins to make enemies with his inquiries. In addition, he must fend off come-ons from several locals and solve a double murder that may be related to the imposter's plot. Crisp prose and clever plot developments help the chapters fly by and should win this deserving author a wider audience. Greg Iles fans will be pleased. (June)
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"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."

Publishers Weekly

 

"McKenzie ... 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."

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Kirkus Reviews
In his seventh outing (Jelly's Gold, 2009, etc.) Rushmore McKenzie is mistaken for . . . well . . . Rushmore McKenzie and kidnapped. In the dead of night, two intruders break into his Minnesota home, overpower him, Taser him, shove him into the trunk of their car-and the next thing millionaire ex-cop McKenzie knows, he's in Libbie, S.D., pop. 1,200, where there's every possibility he could be lynched. It doesn't take long to sort out the scenario that's brought him to so pretty a pass. Handcuffed, still in his nightclothes, he sits in Police Chief Gustafson's hardscrabble jail because, it seems, there's one Rushmore McKenzie too many. The ersatz McKenzie has perpetrated an elaborate scam involving the construction of an ambitious but imaginary mall. As a consequence, much of Libbie has been fleeced, and much of Libbie is angry enough for the sort of mass hysteria and rampant self-delusion that would account for McKenzie's far-from-funny comedy of errors. Equally inclined to vengeance, McKenzie sets out to find the double-dealing rogue who has so iniquitously doubled for him. But the smooth-talking imposter has vanished, leaving behind a stack of depleted wallets, an array of broken female hearts and a series of homicides, in which, one way or another, he qualifies as a person of interest. Heavy-handed plotting and nothing-special characters undercut what begins so well.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429928571
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/8/2010
  • Series: Twin Cities P.I. Mac McKenzie Novels , #7
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 127,323
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

David Housewright

DAVID HOUSEWRIGHT has been a journalist, an advertising copywriter, a creative director, and a writing instructor. He won both the Edgar award and the Minnesota Book award for his crime fiction. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    Part 5

    I mustve dozed off, because a finger poked me sore back from the cage. I jumped and backed away. Jack was peering at me through the bars. I pressed my back on the far corner of the cage. Jack opened the door, reaching his hand in. I tryed to press farther back. "No.....stay away," i whispered. He grabed my waist anyway and took me out. He looked at the red mark on my back and patted my head. "You learned your lesson, didnt you?" I wanted to scream let me go but he grabed my head and forced me to nod. <p>He put me back in the cage and locked it tightly. I shrank away to the far corner and he left me alone. i ran my fingers along the red mark on my back from jack and winced. It stung. So i left it alone and sat down on the cotten ball. Why did he want me here in the first place? Revenge? I sighed and layed on my side. And i dozed off. <p> i woke up to see a toothpast cap filled with milk and a bit of bannana, watermelon and cookie. I ate it all and finished off the milk. Then I used the penny to mesure myself. 5 inches and 2 c. I was growing just as jack said. To be continued........

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    Miles

    Miles: we r disobeying our parents by rping,and some may feel guilty. By rping,there r risk of being caught,risk of being grounded,and risk of some many others. We seneek away to rp,instead of spend time with sibs. We r kinda accupied by rp,that we miss playing outdoors th family. And unik wants to spend time with family,avoid nook ***,not have risk of being caught,not disobey parents,and spend time with family. He wants to start a new clean life. This is just a theory of mine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    King

    Dont remove your post here yet. Go to result two.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2012

    To frostdrop

    This stry is ind of lame.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Stormflash to frostdrop

    Needs to be longer

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  • Posted May 26, 2010

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    This is an intriguing thriller

    Two men dressed for combat invade the home of former cop turned millionaire Rushmore McKenzie in St. Anthony, Minnesota. They take him to Libbie, South Dakota. Befuddled by the abduction, Mac is taken aback when he learns the townsfolk believe he is a con artist; whose scheme threatens to bankrupt Libbie.

    However, he persuades the city council and law enforcement they arrested the wrong man. Apparently someone stole his identity to pull off the scam. Instead of suing for false arrest, he offers to help catch the crook; somewhat out of altruism but more so because city council member Tracie Blake is pretty. As he digs deep into the con, Mac concludes the plot needed insider help to make it happen, but his questioning of townsfolk angers the residents who reject his theory as they believe no local would do such a thing.

    This is an intriguing thriller as the townsfolk reject the hero's assertion that the con artist pulled off the scam with insider information; most of the locals prefer to believe Mac is the miscreant. The investigation he is doing expands as he also looks into a double homicide. The Taking of Libbie, SD is a fast-paced exciting tale that will hook readers from the starting snatch to the twisting finish and seek McKenzie's backlist (see Jelly's Gold and Tin City).

    Harriet Klausner

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