Tin City

Tin City

by David Housewright

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Overview

Mac McKenzie is rich. So rich that he’s left his job as a Twin Cities police officer and spends his time doing favors large and small for friends. So when an old Marine buddy of his father’s calls with a request Mac takes the time to help him out. And it is one of the stranger favors he’s ever been asked: the elderly Mr. Mosley, a beekeeper, wants Mac to find out why his bees are suddenly dying in droves.



Mac does some digging and before long turns up a hornet’s nest of trouble in the person of Frank Crosetti, a new neighbor on the property abutting Mosley’s bees. What started out as an innocent investigation into some unregulated pesticide quickly turns lethal. Crosetti sticks around long enough to make some very specific threats, then disappears into the wind leaving behind a vicious rape, a lifeless body, and a very angry McKenzie bursting for someone to blame.



With only the faintest of trails to follow and a suspicious group of federal agents gunning for him, Mac dives underground, taking only a stash of cash and a small arsenal with him on his undercover mission. Before long Mac’s deep in the forgotten corners of Minneapolis sniffing for any sign of Crosetti, unable to rest until he gets results.



Praise for TIN CITY:



“Channeling Raymond Chandler with tongue-in-cheek humor, Housewright delivers plenty of action, a pinch of romance and more than a few surprises.” —Publisher’s Weekly



“This is a novel about going after the right guy for the wrong reasons, and the wrong guy for the right reasons. 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.” —Boston Globe



“Housewright hits his stride in this second outing for good-hearted Minnesota tough guy Rushmore McKenzie... The smooth, straightforward action comes off without a hitch, lightly seasoned with a dash of introspection from a wry, self-assured hero who is a true pal to those in need and who charms ladies and librarians alike... This series may be seriously habit-forming. It’s also a welcome selection for libraries where Robert Parker is popular, which is to say everywhere.” —Booklist



“Some lovely cadenced writing... along with smart narrative moves and bits of unfocused excess. Housewright is at his best when he stays closest to home. It’s clear he’s 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... The author thickens the broth with big-city crime (New York City gang wars), national issues (terrorism and a frenzied FBI agent) and more than a showoff’s worth of country-western music name-dropping. The result is an amiable and appealing novel...” —Washington Post



Tin City is a nicely crafted combination of procedural and character-driven crime story... It’s fun for readers to share McKenzie’s travels.” —St. Paul Pioneer Press



“Housewright is one of a crop of Minnesota crime writers whose new books draw on the state’s personality quirks and beloved landmarks to flavor spine-tingling prose. Readers beware: It’s not all snow cones and mini-doughnuts. Even as you smile with familiarity, you’ll be looking over your shoulder… Mac is a likable protagonist. He’s normal in a refreshing way that is rare among today’s angst-ridden heroes. He should wear well as this series continues.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643960180
Publisher: Down & Out Books II, LLC
Publication date: 06/17/2019
Series: A McKenzie Novel , #2
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

David Housewright has worked as a journalist covering both crime and sports (sometimes simultaneously), an advertising copywriter and creative director, and a writing instructor. He won the Edgar Award for his first novel, Penance, in 1996, and the Minnesota Book Award for his second, Practice to Deceive, in 1998. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Tin City 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Norwood Young America, wealthy former St. Paul cop Rushmore ¿Mac¿ McKenzie¿s elderly neighbor Mr. Mosley tries to hand to him three dead honeybees, but Mac refuses to touch them; Mosley calls him a wimp. Mosley further explains that last year he lost a fifth of his bee population and so far this year a third. He wants Mac to determine what is killing his bees. Mac will do anything for the man who served with his dad during the Korean War except touch bees.................... Mac and Mosley visit the only new ¿neighbor¿ Frank Crosetti, who greets them with a shotgun. Yesterday he fired at a visiting University of Minnesota coed who was taking soils samples seeking evidence of an insecticide Sevin XLR Plus, which apparently is killing the honeybees. A ¿Suit¿ tells the two visitors they are trespassing and must leave. Not long afterward, Crosetti rapes Mac¿s friend Susan Tillman and threatens her daughter next if Mac fails to back off. At about the same time Mosley takes two bullets to the head. Law enforcement and friends blame Mac who finds Crosetti is gone, but not forgotten. Mac searches the dregs of the Gopher State to bring Crosetti to justice if he does not kill him first, but also wants to know the reason why all this happened..................... TIN CITY is an intriguing private investigator (though Mac is unlicensed) tale that will keep fans hooked yet struggling to figure out Crosetti¿s motive. The story line is action-packed taking off from the moment of the first visit and never slowing down as cops hunt for Mac while he hunts for Crosetti. In his second Mac mystery (see Hard Ticket Home), David Housewright provides a fabulously dark Minnesota Noir.................. Harriet Klausner
PattycakePG More than 1 year ago
Well written to keep your interest. Good story line that follows all the way to the conclusion.
JerseyBoy More than 1 year ago
I am glad I found the Rushmore McKenzie series.