In David Housewright's next novel featuring the beloved Rushmore McKenzie What Doesn't Kill Us—McKenzie has been shot and lies in a coma while the police and his friends desperately try to find out what he was doing and who tried to kill him.
Rushmore McKenzie, former St. Paul police detective and unexpected millionaire, does the occasional, unofficial private detective work—mostly favors for friends. He's faced kidnappers, domestic terrorists, art thieves, among others, and had a hand in solving some of the most perplexing mysteries of the Twin Cities. But this time, his prodigious luck and intuition may have finally failed him: He was shot in the back by an unknown assailant and lies in a coma.
His childhood friend, Lt. Bobby Dunston of the St. Paul Police Department, assigns his best detective to the case while other figures—on both sides of the law—pursue the truth. What was McKenzie investigating, what did he learn that so threatened someone that they tried to kill him? What do a sketchy bar in the wrong part of town, the area's prominent tech millionaire family, drug dealers, investment bankers, and a mysterious woman who left an unknown package for McKenzie all have in common? As time slowly begins to run out, the answer to those questions might be what stands between life and death.
At the start of Edgar-winner Housewright's routine 18th novel featuring Rushmore "Mac" McKenzie (after 2020's From the Grave), Mac, a former St. Paul, Minn., cop turned unlicensed detective, is shot in the back by an unknown assailant outside a club. While Mac lies in an induced coma, Lt. Bobby Dunston of the St. Paul PD, a childhood friend, assigns his best detectives to the case, and Thaddeus Coleman, a former drug dealer and pimp who now runs a ticket-scalping operation, works his contacts in St. Paul's underworld. Alternating between the investigation and Mac's recollections after he regains consciousness, the action never kicks into high gear. A solid look at St. Paul and environs and snappy dialogue enhance the fast-moving plot, which involves investment bankers and a family grudge, but the normally appealing Mac is wasted. Longtime fans will enjoy another visit with Mac, but new readers may wonder what the fuss is about.
What Doesn’t Kill Us
WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU
NG........St Martin Press
McKenzie won the lottery, took early retirement from the police force, and helped his Dad before he died. Does P.I. work mostly for friends now.
Been married only 4 months, now laying in an induced coma.
What was he doing on Rice Street to be shot in the back.
He didn’t tell Nina his wife, saying it would be an embarrassment for the person he was doing the favor for. Finding out about McKenzie he calls and his story comes out, and the mess he thinks he is in.
McKenzie has a lot of friends that step up and start doing their own investigation . How the outcome will be gives us much mayhem among this protocol like a television cop story. Well done and interesting characters
Given ARC by Net Galley and St Martin Press for my voluntary review and my honest opinion
Best one yet
I have enjoyed every one of the books in this series, however I just couldn’t put this one down