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
"Housewright's Minnesota private eye doesn't have a license and
doesn't need to work, both of which ampup 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
-- Booklist starred review
"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