A past case comes back to haunt Twin Cities P.I. McKenzie as a stolen sum of money threatens to resurface in From the Grave, the next mystery in David Housewright’s award-winning series.
Once a police detective in St. Paul, Minnesota, Rushmore McKenzie became an unlikely millionaire and an occasional unlicensed private investigator, doing favors for friends. But this time, he finds himself in dire need of working on his own behalf.
His dear friend and first love Shelby Dunston attends a public reading by a psychic medium with the hope of connecting with her grandfather one final time. Instead, she hears McKenzie’s name spoken by the psychic in connection with a huge sum of stolen—and missing—money.
Caught in a world of psychic mediums, with a man from his past with a stake in the future, and more than one party willing to go to great and deadly lengths to get involved, McKenzie must figure out just how much he’s willing to believe—like his life depends on it—before everything takes a much darker turn.
Rushmore "Mac" McKenzie's past comes back to haunt him, perhaps literally, in Edgar winner Housewright's fun, fast-moving 17th outing for the onetime St. Paul, Minn., cop turned unlicensed detective (after 2019's Dead Man's Mistress). During a lecture, a psychic medium channels a dark presence who talks about a large sum of money and repeats the name McKenzie. The presence calls for McKenzie's death before it will reveal the location of the money. A friend in the audience later relays all this to Mac, who thinks the presence, if it exists, is Leland Hayes, a criminal Mac shot dead 25 years earlier in the aftermath of a bank robbery, from which the money was never recovered. Mac is soon caught up in the world of psychics, not so reality TV, and very real physical threats by those seeking the lost treasure. The appealing Mac and his cohorts engage in amusing banter as they attempt to locate the pilfered cash before someone sends Mac off to the great beyond. Housewright leaves it tantalizingly ambiguous whether Leland's spirit is real. Readers will be entertained either way.