Nominated for the 2006 Minnesota
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. Harm a hair of a McKenzie intimate,
and you're in harm's way to stay.
"Consider the case of sweet old Mr. Mosley, a Marine buddy of
Mac's father, casually murdered by lowlifes unaware of the
McKenzie credo. Or the case of lovely Susie Tillman, wife of
Mac's lawyer, beaten and raped by a pair of brain-dead Neanderthals.
"Is there a connection between the crimes? That matters less
to McKenzie than the sense of outrage he feels on behalf of the
victims. Before he can mount Operation Payback, however, he
suddenly finds that the FBI has issued a Search Information Alert
on him, avowing an interest in terrorist activities the feds know
perfectly well are nonexistent.
"Though forced underground, McKenzie in due time collects an eye
for each friend's eye, identifies a viper in the FBI's midst and
rescues a gorgeous damsel in distress. If along the way he
generates some serious enmity-hey, that's why Galahad wore iron
suits. A bright second appearance..."
Raymond Chandler with tongue-in-cheek humor, Housewright delivers
plenty of action, a pinch of romance and more than a few surprises."
-- Publisher's Weekly
is a novel about going after the right guy for the wrong reasons,
and the wrong guy for the right reasons. It's got twists and
double-crosses, exciting car chases and gun battles, leavened
by plenty of laughs -- a noirish novel with emphasis on the ish."
-- Boston Globe
hits his stride in this second outing for good-hearted Minnesota
tough guy Rushmore McKenzie... The smooth, straightforward action
comes off without a hitch, lightly seasoned with a dash of
introspection from a wry, self-assured hero who is a true pal
to those in need and who charms ladies and librarians alike...
This series may be seriously habit-forming. It's also a welcome
selection for libraries where Robert Parker is popular, which
is to say everywhere."
lovely cadenced writing... along with smart narrative moves
and bits of unfocused excess. Housewright is at his best when
he stays closest to home. It's clear he's a Minnesotan in his
bones, so his depiction of everything from beekeeping to the
byways of Hilltop embeds us in a location where quiet indiscretions
and desires highlight daily life... The author thickens the
broth with big-city crime (New York City gang wars), national
issues (terrorism and a frenzied FBI agent) and more than a
showoff's worth of country-western music name-dropping. The result
is an amiable and appealing novel..."
-- Washinton Post
"TIN CITY is a nicely crafted combination of procedural and
character-driven crime story... It's fun for readers to share
-- St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Housewright is one of a crop of Minnesota crime writers whose
new books draw on the state's personality quirks and beloved
landmarks to flavor spine-tingling prose. Readers beware: It's
not all snow cones and mini-doughnuts. Even as you smile with
familiarity, you'll be looking over your shoulder… Mac is a
likable protagonist. He's normal in a refreshing way that is
rare among today's angst-ridden heroes. Wistful about the past
but not haunted by it, he's gentle, humorous and a little vague
about where his life is heading. He's the kind of guy his
married friends worry about, and yet he's more than equal to
the task when things get rough. He should wear well as this
-- Minneapolis Star Tribune