The Taking of Libbie, SD

The Taking of Libbie, SD

By David Housewright

Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312559960, 320pp.

Publication Date: June 8, 2010


In David Housewright's The Taking of Libbie, SD, a grifter cons an entire town using Mac McKenzie’s name, leaving the real McKenzie facing an angry town with nothing left to lose. Rushmore McKenzie is a retired cop, an unexpected millionaire, and an occasional unlicensed private investigator. So, it isn’t the biggest surprise in the world when he’s attacked and kidnapped from his home—McKenzie has more than a few enemies out there with a grudge against him. But it is a surprise when it turns out his kidnapping is a case of mistaken identity.

McKenzie was taken to the small plains town of Libbie, South Dakota which just lost pretty much everything it had to a con man using McKenzie’s name. Using a scam involving a new shopping mall, the grifter apparently stole all the money electronically from the bank then disappeared, leaving behind a devastated town full of people with many reasons to hate him. To that list of enemies, he’s just added McKenzie who is now determined to help the devastated townspeople, as well as catch and punish the weasel besmirching his reputation.

About the Author

DAVID HOUSEWRIGHT has been a journalist, an advertising copywriter, a creative director, and a writing instructor. He won both the Edgar award and the Minnesota Book award for his crime fiction. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Praise For The Taking of Libbie, SD

"Edgar-winner Housewright nicely confounds readers' expectations in his absorbing seventh hard-boiled mystery featuring ex-cop and millionaire Rushmore McKenzie.... Crisp prose and clever plot developments help the chapters fly by and should win this deserving author a wider audience."
--Publishers Weekly  "McKenzie ... 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."