Rushmore McKenzie is a former cop, current millionaire, and an
occasional unlisenced P.I. who does favors for friends. Yet he
has reservations when the daughter of his girlfriend Nina Truhler
asks him to to help her father, Nina's ex-husband Jason Truhler,
a man in serious trouble.
En route to a Canadian blues festival on Highway 61, he met a
girl, blacked out, and awoke hours later in a strange motel
room with the girl's murdered body on the floor. Slipping away
unnoticed and heading home, he thought he got away with it -
until he started getting texts with photos of the body and demands
for blackmail money he couldn't afford to pay.
McKenzie soon discovers that Truhler was set up in a modified
honey trap. But Truhler's version of events wasn't exactly the
truth, either. And McKenzie soon finds himself trapped in the
middle of a very serious game involving teenage prostitution with
some of the most powerful men in the state on one side and some
of the deadliest on the other.
"Rushmore McKenzie agrees to help Jason Truhler, the
ex-husband of his lover, Nina Truhler, in Housewright's solid
eighth novel featuring the Twin Cities ex-cop who occasionally
does "favors" for friends. Jason appears to be the victim of a
variation on the badger game when he attended the Thunder Bay
Blues Festival in Ontario. He woke the next morning in a cheap
hotel room, naked, with a dead girl on the floor, lots of blood,
and no memory--now he's being blackmailed for murder. Trying
to unravel the scam leads McKenzie into a morass involving an
Internet sex ring, drug dealers, a pair of thugs called Big Joe
and Little Joe Stippel, arsonists called Backdraft and Bug, and
some of the Twin Cities' most powerful people. The tenacious
McKenzie bounces between cops, bad guys, and movers and shakers
with a tenuous hold on legalities but a good grasp on ethics."
-- Publisher's Weekly
"In his latest favor (see The Taking of Libbie, SD), Rushmore
McKenzie is at his best as he muses over the outcome of good
intentions in a caper that is too close to home. The story line
is fast-paced as the hero figures out the motel game, but
unprepared for the truth about Truhler. Instead of case closed,
McKenzie finds deadly felons with ugly intent and even more
lethal powerhouses with uglier intent targeting him. Readers
will think twice before venturing on Highway 61."
-- Mystery Gazett
"As the title would suggest, this novel proves to be one of
author David Housewright's most fast-paced endeavors. The author
consistently creates top-grade, expertly written mysteries.
There's much to like about the delectably smart-alecky Rushmore
McKenzie and his insider's take on The Cities. He's the kind of
guy whom many women would like to date, and whom many men would
like to have as a friend. After all, he's big on the favors."
-- Shine from Yahoo