Rushmore McKenzie agrees to go undercover to help the ATF track a cache of stolen guns—after all, what could possible go wrong?
Rushmore McKenzie is both a millionaire and an unlicensed PI, which means he can afford to do the occasional favor and, as a former detective for the St. Paul (Minnesota) Police Department, he's got the necessary skills and connections to do them right. But this time, he's really stepped in it.
When the ATF gets a lead on a much sought-after cache of illegal guns near the Canadian border, they call McKenzie in to help them track down the elusive gunrunners. Their only lead is a guy who is part of a small-time gang of armed robbers working north of the Twin Cities. Their idea is for McKenzie to infiltrate the group and wait for them to lead him to the guns. Their plan is to fix McKenzie with a false identity as a serious bad guy and then fake an escape with the captured gang member. Which seemed like a bad idea to McKenzie at the time, but even he had no idea just how bad things were going to get.
Last Kind Word is a Twin Cities P.I. Mac McKenzie novel from David Housewright.
Outstanding ingenuity and empathy mark Edgar-winner Housewright's 10th mystery featuring millionaire St. Paul, Minn., ex-cop Rushmore McKenzie (after 2012's Curse of the Jade Lilly). As part of an ATF operation to recover stolen guns from the notoriously botched real-life Operation Fast and Furious, McKenzie successfully infiltrates the inept Iron Range Bandits, made up of an extended family that has drifted into armed robbery because of economic hard times. The only way to discover the source of their weapons is to plan a major heist except that McKenzie finds himself caring about the sad-sack family members and doesn't want to involve them in more criminal activity. But crooked cops and a creepily malevolent local crime boss insist that the robbery proceed so that they can split the loot. Tension builds as the action accelerates. Quirkily sympathetic characters make this more than a clever caper novel; Virgil Flowers and Lucas Davenport no longer have northern Minnesota all to themselves.
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The Last Kind Word
The Last Kind Word is another great read in this funny & well written series. David Wayne Housewright deserves much much more acclaim for his writing. It's up there with the best!