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The Taking of Libbie, SD (Twin Cities P.I. Mac McKenzie Novels) Hardcover – June 8, 2010

4.3 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
Book 7 of 13 in the Mac McKenzie Series

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Edgar-winner Housewright nicely confounds readers' expectations in his absorbing seventh hard-boiled mystery featuring ex-cop and millionaire Rushmore McKenzie (after 2009's Jelly's Gold). After two men abduct McKenzie from his St. Anthony, Minn., home, and transport him to the small town of Libbie, S.D., McKenzie learns he's wanted for a scam that threatens Libbie's financial future. He's soon able to establish that a con man adopted his identity—and agrees, instead of suing, to help attractive city council member Tracie Blake track down the grifter. McKenzie, who comes to believe that the criminal must have had help from the inside, begins to make enemies with his inquiries. In addition, he must fend off come-ons from several locals and solve a double murder that may be related to the imposter's plot. Crisp prose and clever plot developments help the chapters fly by and should win this deserving author a wider audience. Greg Iles fans will be pleased. (June)
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Housewright jumps right into the story in his seventh Rushmore McKenzie mystery: it opens with two men breaking into McKenzie's Minnesota house, zapping him with a Taser, throwing him into the trunk of a car, and transporting him several hundred miles to, of all places, Libbie, South Dakota. Once there, they discover they have the wrong guy: they're looking for a con man who used McKenzie's name and identity to bilk the town of Libbie out of a lot of money. Believe it or not—and McKenzie can scarcely believe it—the abductors then ask the abductee to help them out by finding the con man and bringing him to justice. McKenzie, who describes himself as a “knight-errant doing favors for friends” (he's a retired cop with a lot of money so he doesn't need a day job), makes a fine series lead, charmingly unlikable in a likable sort of way, and the stories are solid mysteries with a hint of humor. A very enjoyable series that deserves a wider audience. --David Pitt
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Product Details

  • Series: Twin Cities P.I. Mac McKenzie Novels (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (June 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312559968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312559960
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By TMStyles VINE VOICE on June 10, 2010
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David Housewright has quietly developed his signature character, Rushmore McKenzie, into one of the most compelling series in the mystery/thriller genre and one that I purchase and read immediately upon publication. McKenzie is a millionaire and former cop who occasionally likes to do "favors" for those in need; however, in "The Taking Of Libbie, SD", McKenzie is forced into action to help himself in a well written enjoyable departure from the six previous McKenzie novels.

McKenzie is unceremoniously roughed up and kidnapped from his St. Anthony, Minnesota home in the dead of night by bounty hunters. After a long humiliating ride in the trunk of a car, he is deposited in an interrogation room of the Libbie police department where he suffers further indignities until his captors (the city fathers) realize they have captured the wrong man. It seems a scam artist appropriated McKenzie's name and identity in a scheme to defraud Libbie of a great deal of money that was supposedly to convince investors to build a shopping mall to save the dying community. After the imposter apparently absconded with the community's money, Dewey Miller, the mayor, big mouth, and tyrant of Libbie, hired thugs to track down and return Rushmore McKenzie; unfortunately, they got the real McKenzie, not the imposter.

McKenzie, while infuriated by his ordeal, agrees to help find the imposter and the missing money to the relief of some and the consternation of others. Soon he is fending off passes from beautiful women, dealing with a town bully in typical McKenzie fashion, and seeking revenge not only for the townspeople but for his own ignominious treatment.
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This is the 7th book in the McKenzie series of mystery thrillers and it is one of the most enjoyable, in part because it is such a change of pace for the character. The series starts with Dead Boyfriends (Twin Cities P.I. Mac McKenzie Novels) but if you haven't been reading the series all along, this would be a very good place to jump in.

Rushmore McKenzie is a former cop who left the St. Paul police force so he could collect a multi-million dollar reward for catching an embezzler. He has a deep sense of justice and chivalry and keeps himself busy doing favors for friends. Up to now, all the books have been set in the Twin Cities area -- and many are set in St. Paul. I love Minnesota mysteries by Minnesota authors so I have enjoyed the whole series, even if the last couple books came a little close to being travelogues.

The reason this would be a good book to try and see if you like the series is that the people and places that fill the other books are present mostly by phone -- and even then only occasionally. So the reader doesn't have to know the emotional nature of the relationships. McKenzie is completely out of his comfort zone (and out of the Twin Cities) in this book. The book starts as intruders break into his home, kidnap him and drive him in the trunk of a car to a small town in South Dakota.

A con man has used McKenzie's name and character to swindle the town and they sent bounty hunters to bring him back. They soon realize McKenzie is not the con man and ask him to help them find him and their money.
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By A Customer on June 12, 2010
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Two men dressed for combat invade the home of former cop turned millionaire Rushmore McKenzie in St. Anthony, Minnesota. They take him to Libbie, South Dakota. Befuddled by the abduction, Mac is taken aback when he learns the townsfolk believe he is a con artist; whose scheme threatens to bankrupt Libbie.

However, he persuades the city council and law enforcement they arrested the wrong man. Apparently someone stole his identity to pull off the scam. Instead of suing for false arrest, he offers to help catch the crook; somewhat out of altruism but more so because city council member Tracie Blake is pretty. As he digs deep into the con, Mac concludes the plot needed insider help to make it happen, but his questioning of townsfolk angers the residents who reject his theory as they believe no local would do such a thing.

This is an intriguing thriller as the townsfolk reject the hero's assertion that the con artist pulled off the scam with insider information; most of the locals prefer to believe Mac is the miscreant. The investigation he is doing expands as he also looks into a double homicide. The Taking of Libbie, SD is a fast-paced exciting tale that will hook readers from the starting snatch to the twisting finish and seek McKenzie's backlist (see Jelly's Gold and Tin City).

Harriet Klausner
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David Housewright has written another enjoyable mystery. The story has many twists and turns which keep your attention.
Why I really like this book is the examination of the depopulation of the American West and the concept of Buffalo Commons.
Housewright has highlighted the struggles of small towns to survive within his story. All are good food for thought.
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