A complicated cold case threatens
the political ambitions of the governor of Minnesota in this third
Mac McKenzie novel.
has a lot of old girlfriends. But only one went on to marry the
current governor of the state of Minnesota. And only one is
calling him with a desperate request to meet in secret. The
First Lady is carrying an email that contains a nasty rumor
about her husband, and the truth is buried decades deep in a small
Of course Mac always has plenty of time on his hands and is in
the business of handling such matters for his friends. So he
heads straight into the governor's past, planning to poke around
and see if he can stir up a little information. Before long,
someone starts poking him back, and it's clear that he has
stirred up nothing but trouble. Mac is soon shifting through a
complex web of interlocking secrets and lies, some decades-old,
and some rooted violently in the present day.
"Housewright's unapologetically flawed hero charms, while the
clean plot lines, palpable Minnesota winter and understated
humor make this a good, satisfying read."
"This is the third Mac McKenzie mystery, and it's turning into
quite an interesting series: solid premise, tight plotting, and
this time more depth in character development, as Housewright
explores Mac's emotional side."
"Pretty Girl Gone is an incredible addition to “Cold Case”
mysteries, joining the likes of recent books by Michael Connelly,
KJ Erickson, Mary Logue, and Reed Farrell Coleman. Housewright
artfully portrays the hopelessness of a group of men who’s
defining moment happened when they were teenager’s; of pitiful
lives spent chasing a memory soured by tragedy and deceit... Mac
McKenzie is an entertaining and engaging character, and in this,
the 3rd novel in the series (following A Hard Ticket Home, and
Tin City), appears all too human... Pretty Girl Gone is a complex,
thoroughly enjoyable addition to what is becoming one of our
favorite mystery series."
"(Housewright is one) of Minnesota's most dependable practitioners
of the craft... Mac is good company...with a wry sense of humor,
often aimed at himself, and a quick, accurate take on people and
places. While certainly not an errant knight in the tradition of
Raymond Chandler and Robert B. Parker, he's a good man who's wise
enough to know that he will disappoint himself."
--Minneapolis Star Tribune