Curse of the Jade Lily

A McKenzie Novel

Twin Cities P.I. Mac McKenzie Novels (Volume 9 of 13)

David Housewright

Minotaur Books

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A stolen gem with a tragic history, a curse and a million dollar ransom is Mac McKenzie’s latest case, in David Housewright's Curse of the Jade Lily
 
Several years ago, Rushmore McKenzie became an unexpected millionaire and set about doing not much of anything. Now, showing up at his doorstep is the insurance company that paid the settlement that made him rich—and they want a favor. Someone has stolen a very expensive gem from a local art museum and is willing to ransom it back. The only condition is that McKenzie has to be the go between. And this is no ordinary gem—it is a jade with a history going back to the Qing Dynasty and a reputed curse that stories claim has ruined or killed everyone who has ever owned it. McKenzie agrees to help but what starts out as a simple ransom quickly becomes complicated.
 
Suddenly other parties—including the State Department and a mysterious woman named Heavenly—start showing up, wanting McKenzie to turn over the gem to them. When the murdered body of on of the thieves turns up in a snow drift, it looks like the cursed Jade Lily has claimed its latest victim. And there may well be more to follow…

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The last time I saw Vincent Donatucci, he handed me a check for $3,128,584.50. My first thought when I found him standing outside my front door—I ain’t giving it back!
“Hello, McKenzie,” he said when I opened the door.
“Mr. Donatucci,” I replied. A man makes you an instant millionaire, you call him mister. I opened the door wide enough to give him room to pass. “Come in.”
He crossed the threshold and stamped the cold from his feet. He unbuttoned his gray trench coat but did not take it off.

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"Excellent."
--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
 
"Subtle humor and brisk pacing."
--RT Book Reviews

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Fiction Review: Curse of the Jade Lily: A McKenzie Novel by David Housewright. Minotaur, $25.99 (304p) ISBN 978-0-312-64231-0
The theft of a fabulous sculpture, the Jade Lily, from the City of Lakes Art Museum propels Housewright’s excellent ninth mystery featuring Twin Cities PI Rushmore McKenzie (after 2011’s Highway 61).
- Publishers Weekly


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David Housewright

DAVID HOUSEWRIGHT has won both the Edgar Award and the Minnesota Book Award for his crime fiction.  He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Curse of the Jade Lily
A McKenzie Novel
David Housewright

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
June 2012
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ISBN: 9781466802629
ISBN10: 1466802626
336 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
June 2012
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ISBN: 9780312642310
ISBN10: 0312642318
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages
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