THE DEVIL MAY CARE by David Housewright


THE DEVIL MAY CARE by David Housewright, A McKenzie Novel, 11th in series (May 2020)

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Riley Brodin is the granddaughter of Walter Muehlenhaus—a man as rich, powerful, and connected as anyone since the days of J. P. Morgan. Despite her family’s connections, it’s McKenzie she reaches out to when her relatively new boyfriend goes missing. Despite his reservations about getting involved with the Muehlenhaus family—again—McKenzie agrees to look for one Juan Carlos Navarre. What he finds, though, is a man who appears to be a ghost.

The house—mansion, really—he told Riley he owned is a rental, barely lived in and practically devoid of personal effects. The restaurant he claimed to own is owned by another and Navarre is merely an investor. He apparently has no friends, no traceable past, and McKenzie isn’t the only one looking for him. Whoever Juan Carlos Navarre is and wherever he’s gone, the one thing that is clear is that he’s trouble, and is perhaps someone—as Riley’s family makes clear—better out of the picture. Unfortunately for everyone, McKenzie likes trouble and trouble likes him.


“In Edgar-winner Housewright’s exceptional 11th novel featuring unlicensed Twin Cities PI Rushmore McKenzie, Riley Brodin, the scion of a wealthy Minnesota family, hires McKenzie to find her new boyfriend, Juan Carlos Navarre, who has gone missing… Capable of extreme violence when provoked, McKenzie is a thoughtful, compassionate judge of the confused and wayward people in his path. Wry humor helps balance the tension in this tale of misguided love and obsession.” —Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

“Housewright’s Minnesota private eye doesn’t have a license and doesn’t need to work, both of which amp up his cleverness at sleuthing and the fun he has doing it. Rushmore McKenzie is a former St. Paul cop, independently wealthy from a reward for finding an embezzler. He has lots of contacts, including those who frequent his girlfriend’s high-end bar. And he has a voice that is very much like that of Boston private eye Spenser; readers will have a good time just listening to McKenzie sizing up people and situations… In this eleventh installment in the series, Housewright not only delivers steadily growing suspense, but also provides a canny tour of the high and low life in and around the Twin Cities, including an unforgettable tour of the posh Lake Minnetonka. Housewright may be the best Minnesota Noir writer going.” —Booklist, starred review

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