"The Taking of Libbie, SD"
by David Housewright
Minotaur, 310 pp., $24.99
Reviewed by David Marshall James
Not many recurring mystery protagonists win over the reader the way Rushmore McKenzie does, and not many mystery writers possess the sylistic wherewithal and storytelling abilities of St. Paul, Minnesota, author David Housewright.
For novitiates, McKenzie (never "Rushmore," and never, ever "Rush"), born and bred in the capital city, and once a member of its P.D., lucked into a huge reward from an insurance company, allowing him the liberty to live well and to take on cases and causes that interest him-- but, more than likely, as favors for friends.
In this seventh McKenzie novel, he doesn't have much of a choice as per his involvement in the plight of (literally) poor LIbbie, South Dakota, which has lately been swindled by a flim-flammer who stole McKenzie's identity in the process, leaving the town coffers and many individual investors high and dry.
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