Paul cop Rushmore McKenzie has more time and more money than
he knows what to do with. In fact, when he's willing to admit
it to himself (and usually he isn't), Mac is downright bored.
Until he decides to do a favor for a friend facing a family
tragedy: nine-year-old Stacy Carlson has been diagnosed with
leukemia, and the only one with the matching bone marrow that
can save her is her older sister Jamie. Trouble is, Jamie ran
away from home years ago.
begins combing the backstreets of the Twin Cities, tracking
down Jamie's last known associates only to discover that along
with the expected pimps and drug dealers, Jamie was also a
favorite of a violent street gang, arms smugglers, and
Minnesota's moneyed elite. And as the body-count rises, he
learns that what he's looking for - and why - are nothing like
he had imagined.
didn't so much read A Hard Ticket Home as inhale it.
What a wonderful time I had. The action is superb, and the
tour of the Twin Cities is a delight. I love Rushmore
McKenzie. He's heroic, foolish, clever, vulnerable - and
unapologetically nice. One more hardback I shall have to buy
-- Nevada Barr, author of Hunting Season
author has a sharp, bouncy prose style, and his story-about
Mac's search for a friend's long-missing daughter who can
possibly be a bone marrow donor for her younger sister-has
some touching and exciting moments... A true son of Spenser."
-- Publishers Weekly"
"The hero of this action-packed novel is very human: sometimes
a smart aleck, sometimes sensitive and vulnerable - and more
than capable of pulling the trigger. A surprise at every turn."
-- Dallas Morning Star
"Millionaire ex-cop rights wrongs pro-bono in an amiable
throwback to Marlowe/Archer. Housewright has a keeper in
McKenzie - tough, smart and sufficiently flawed to be entirely
-- Kirkus Review
Housewright's McKenzie (you want his first name and the story
behind it, it's in the book) is a smartaleck, wisecracking,
two-fisted, soft-hearted and very human addition to the PI
field. Get to know him - you'll be glad you did."
-- S. J. Rozan, author of Winter and Night
Housewright has written a stunning novel. His prose is bone
hard and beautiful, his story brutally dark, undeniably
compelling, and in odd, unpredictable moments, quite funny.
This is a guy who knows the human soul, and he lays it bare on
-- William Kent Krueger, author of Blood Hollow
winner from David Housewright. Private investigator "Mac"
McKenzie is the quintessential lone crusader, and A Hard
Ticket Home is the prefect example of the Great Modern
American Detective Novel. Fans of Robert B. Parker, John D.
McDonald, and Ross MacDonald will love this book."
-- Pete Hautmann, author of Doohickey