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

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

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by David Housewright
     
 

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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

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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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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."

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"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429928571
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
06/08/2010
Series:
Rushmore McKenzie Series , #7
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
119,402
File size:
2 MB

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From the Publisher
"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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Meet the Author

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.


DAVID HOUSEWRIGHT has won both the Edgar Award and the Minnesota Book Award (twice) for his crime fiction. His recent books include The Devil May Care, The Last Kind Word, and Curse of the Jady Lily. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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The Taking of Libbie, SD (Rushmore McKenzie Series #7) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous 18 days ago
"I want a demon!", he smiled evily
Anonymous 18 days ago
The cowled male stepped into the room, a slight frown ghosting across his hidden face.
Anonymous 18 days ago
Strides in.
Anonymous 18 days ago
Appeared and looked around
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