Unlicensed P. I. Rushmore McKenzie's violent past comes back to
haunt him in the fourth mystery in the series.
Right up until the put him in jail, McKenzie thought the cops
were kidding. After all, he did them a favor by stopping a
rookie cop from roughing up a distraught woman at a murder scene.
But the next thing he knows, he's in jail, missing and important
date with his girlfriend, and reliving nightmares he thought he
had left far behind him - and vowing payback for all of it. If
that means sticking his nose into an ongoing murder investigation,
well, he's done it before.
Only what appears to be a straightforward case of a cheating
boyfriend, his alcoholic girlfriend, and an opportune baseball
bat proves far more complicated than the police are willing to
accept. More disconcerting, as he investigates, Mac finds himself
fighting the influence of a shadowy figure who controls more of
what goes on in the Twin Cities than a rational voter would believe.
Then there are the unidentified thugs who kill a witness and rough
up him and his female lawyer ally. Soon Mac realizes that the
truth of this sordid crime may be hard to find - and as hard to
live with - as the justice he seeks.
"Former cop Rushmore McKenzie, Mac for short, certainly won’t
run from a fight, but he also has a softer side: he is a firm
believer in loyalty and love, and he is a sucker for the underdog.
When he stops to help a woman he sees at the side of the road,
he has no idea he’ll be calling on all these character traits
to unravel the truth about the woman, a grisly murder, a string
of dead boyfriends, and a secret in her past... 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
"Once again, St. Paul’s Saint George scatters the dragons who
menace a damsel in distress.”
"David Housewright is one of my favorite mystery authors.
I'd read a cereal box if he wrote it. I really like Mac's
character and enjoy his determination and sense of loyalty. He's
the guy in the white hat, seeking to preserve justice for all.
And he's always willing to put himself in harm's way to
accomplish his goals. No risk, no reward... Dead Boyfriends
is a fun ride with twists enough to surprise everyone.
Housewright's attention to the various Twin Cities locals is
spot on and tremendous fun for those of us who live here. His
characters are rich and complex, his plot intriguing and