A Hard Ticket Home

Twin Cities P.I. Mac McKenzie Novels (Volume 1 of 13)

David Housewright

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Ex-St. Paul cop Rushmore McKenzie has more time, and more money, than he knows what to do with. In fact, when he's willing to admit it to himself (and he usually isn't), Mac is downright bored. Until he decides to do a favor for a friend facing a family tragedy: Nine-year-old Stacy Carlson has been diagnosed with leukemia, and the only one with the matching bone marrow that can save her is her older sister, Jamie. Trouble is, Jamie ran away from home years ago.

Mac begins combing the backstreets of the Twin Cities, tracking down Jamie's last known associates. He starts with the expected pimps and drug dealers, but the path leads surprisingly to some of the Cities' most respected businessmen, as well as a few characters far more unsavory than the street hustlers he anticipated. As bullets fly and bodies drop, Mac persists, only to find that what he's looking for, and why, are not exactly what he'd imagined.

David Housewright's uncanny ability to turn the Twin Cities into an exotic, brooding backdrop for noir fiction, and his winning, witty hero Rushmore McKenzie, serve as a wicked one-two punch in A Hard Ticket Home, a series debut that reinforces Housewright's well-earned reputation as one of crime fiction's rising stars.

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  1Stacy Carlson was nine years old and she was dying. Her parents told me so while I watched her playing happily on the front lawn of their home, and the news hit me so hard I nearly lost my breath.“Does she know?”“We haven’t told her,” Molly Carlson said. “But, yes, I think she knows. We took her to enough doctors, even took her to the Mayo Clinic.”“What did the doctors tell you?”“Leukemia,” Richard Carlson answered from across the living room, answered as if he wished to spare his wife the pain of speaking the word.

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"I didn't so much read Hard Ticket Home as inhale it. What a wonderful time I had. "
- Nevada Barr, author of Hunting Season

"David Housewright has written a stunning novel. His prose is bone hard and beautiful, his story brutally dark, undeniably compelling, and in odd, unpredictable moments, quite funny."
- William Kent Krueger, author of Blood Hollow

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David Housewright

David Housewright has worked as a journalist covering both crime and sports (sometimes simultaneously), an advertising copywriter and creative director, and a writing instructor. He won the Edgar Award for his first novel, Penance, in 1996, and the Minnesota Book Award for his second, Practice to Deceive, in 1998. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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A Hard Ticket Home
David Housewright

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
May 2004
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ISBN: 9781429996778
ISBN10: 1429996773
288 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
May 2004
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ISBN: 9780312321499
ISBN10: 031232149X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
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