Books by David Housewright

FIRST, KILL THE LAWYERS by David Housewright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"An irresistible premise and a fast-moving plot carry Housewright's latest along for a miraculously extended flight before it sinks under the weight of its complications somewhere in the third act."
Minneapolis private eye Holland Taylor (Darkness, Sing Me a Song, 2018, etc.) is called on to bail out the only people in the Twin Cities more morally compromised than he is: members of the bar. Read full book review >
LIKE TO DIE by David Housewright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2018

"A fast-moving, dialogue-driven tale so effortlessly and irresistibly spun that you may well finish it before you notice that nobody has died, except for a couple of faceless gangbangers executed offstage, and that the elaborately choreographed denouement doesn't make a whole lot of sense."
"Roving troubleshooter" Rushmore McKenzie agrees to look into a case of industrial sabotage and ends up shooting a lot more trouble than he expected. Read full book review >
DARKNESS, SING ME A SONG by David Housewright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Housewright (Unidentified Woman #15, 2015, etc.) resurrects an appealingly troubled, self-tormenting hero who assures himself, 'you're the most pathetic human being alive,' even as he's dodging bullets, decking assailants, making nice to his neighbor's 11-year-old daughter, and coming up with a solution as dark as the mystery."
An impossible assignment leads Twin Cities shamus Holland Taylor, who's been sidelined ever since Dearly Departed (1999), to an even more combustible case in the past. Read full book review >
WHAT THE DEAD LEAVE BEHIND by David Housewright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"The hero emerges with his virtue intact and a brace of new heads for his trophy wall. The surprising number of malefactors at the company isn't a strength of the tale, but they're all well worth your cathartic scorn."
Rushmore McKenzie, who isn't a cop any more, and isn't a licensed investigator either, nonetheless agrees to take his 14th case for a friend of his lover's daughter and finds himself digging up felonies past and present. Read full book review >
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #15 by David Housewright
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 2, 2015

"Even so, the first movement is by far the most interesting part of this otherwise routine tale."
Rushmore McKenzie's 15th case begins when he agrees to babysit a young woman he's saved from death and then goes downhill from there. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL MAY CARE by David Housewright
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 3, 2014

"McKenzie, who seems to be channeling the Lew Archer of The Barbarous Coast and Black Money, continues to be more interesting than his cases (Highway 61, 2011, etc.). Maybe he should leave the mystery field and write a memoir or a self-help book."
Ex-St. Paul cop Rushmore McKenzie, who doesn't have a PI license but likes to do favors for friends, takes on a job mainly to annoy a Minnesota millionaire and richly succeeds in doing that but not much more. Read full book review >
HIGHWAY 61 by David Housewright
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 7, 2011

"Edgar-winning Housewright won't make converts with this installment, but McKenzie remains likable enough to entertain the fan base."
Rushmore McKenzie, the ex-cop turned millionaire (The Taking of Libbie, SD, 2010, etc.), likes doing favors for his friends, but with friends like Jason Truhler… Read full book review >
THE TAKING OF LIBBIE, SD by David Housewright
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 8, 2010

"Heavy-handed plotting and nothing-special characters undercut what begins so well."
In his seventh outing (Jelly's Gold, 2009, etc.) Rushmore McKenzie is mistaken for…well…Rushmore McKenzie and kidnapped. Read full book review >
JELLY’S GOLD by David Housewright
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 2, 2009

"A clever entertainment driven by an amiable protagonist—Housewright's best in quite a while."
Ex-cop Rushmore McKenzie races assorted lowlifes in a rush for ill-gotten gold. Read full book review >
DEAD BOYFRIENDS by David Housewright
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 5, 2007

"Standard stuff. Too bad—this series once promised so much more."
Yet again, St. Paul's St. George scatters the dragons who menace a damsel in distress. Read full book review >
PRETTY GIRL GONE by David Housewright
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 22, 2006

"Housewright does his usual creditable job. Nothing to hate here and nothing to phone a friend about."
Smart, tough, very rich ex-cop-turned-knight-errant McKenzie (Tin City, 2005, etc.) is back to perform more boons for friends, this time the governor's lady. Read full book review >
TIN CITY by David Housewright
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 9, 2005

"A bright second appearance marred only by McKenzie's fondness for sermonizing."
McKenzie, that latter-day Galahad promoted by a fat inheritance from the St. Paul Police Department to freelance knight-errantry (A Hard Ticket Home, 2004), goes to bat for two friends. Read full book review >
A HARD TICKET HOME by David Housewright
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 12, 2004

"Housewright (Dearly Departed, 1999, etc.) has a keeper in McKenzie—tough, smart, and sufficiently flawed to be entirely likable."
Millionaire ex-cop rights wrongs pro bono in an amiable throwback to Marlowe/Archer. Read full book review >
DEARLY DEPARTED by David Housewright
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Understated, literate, and tricky as they come, even if the last few surprises aren—t up to the first dozen."
212 days after Alison Emerton disappears, her husband's attorney asks Holland Taylor if he—ll start looking for her. Read full book review >
PRACTICE TO DECEIVE by David Housewright
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Housewright follows up his Edgar-winning debut (Penance, 1995) with a greased-lightning tale of scam and counterscam that's still bubbling merrily when the fat lady sings."
When you're in business to bilk sweet old widows out of their life savings, you deserve whatever happens to you. Read full book review >
PENANCE by David Housewright
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 27, 1995

"Readers may doubt that politically savvy Minnesotans would elect airhead Monroe as dogcatcher, but the author's Spade-Archer derivative, although a bit preachy, might fare much better in a thinner porridge of a plot."
A first novel introduces Minnesota's Holland Taylor, a 40ish ex-cop turned p.i. who's been alone since his wife and child were killed by drunken driver John Brown some years ago. Read full book review >