A stolen gem with a tragic history, a curse and a million dollar ransom is Mac McKenzie's latest case, in David Housewright's Curse of the Jade Lily
Several years ago, Rushmore McKenzie became an unexpected millionaire and set about doing not much of anything. Now, showing up at his doorstep is the insurance company that paid the settlement that made him rich—and they want a favor. Someone has stolen a very expensive gem from a local art museum and is willing to ransom it back. The only condition is that McKenzie has to be the go between. And this is no ordinary gem—it is a jade with a history going back to the Qing Dynasty and a reputed curse that stories claim has ruined or killed everyone who has ever owned it. McKenzie agrees to help but what starts out as a simple ransom quickly becomes complicated.
Suddenly other parties—including the State Department and a mysterious woman named Heavenly—start showing up, wanting McKenzie to turn over the gem to them. When the murdered body of on of the thieves turns up in a snow drift, it looks like the cursed Jade Lily has claimed its latest victim. And there may well be more to follow…
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Series:||Rushmore McKenzie Series , #9|
|File size:||842 KB|
About the Author
DAVID HOUSEWRIGHT has 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Minnesota. Money. Murder. Former police officer Rushmore McKenzie is hired by the insurance company to retrieve a jade carving stolen from a Twin Cities art museum. He’s reluctant and becomes more so after he’s abducted for a brief time and then the body of only thief to appear on the security video is discovered in a local park. Bad turns to worse in this classic robbery and murder mystery. Even the Minnesota weather plays a part with a January storm, cold, and ice. The interesting cast includes McKenzie’s long time girlfriend, a dirty cop, and a foreign national willing to sacrifice others to obtain the Jade Lily. A scorecard would come in handy in certain chapters. This is the first of the Rushmore McKenzie books I’ve read and I found it easy to pick up in the middle of this series. I enjoyed the descriptions of Twin Cities locations and the continuing demarcation between Minneapolis and St. Paul.