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What the Dead Leave Behind

What the Dead Leave Behind

Twin Cities P.I. Mac McKenzie Novels (Volume 14)

David Housewright

Minotaur Books

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Looking into an unsolved murder as a favor, McKenzie soon uncovers either the strangest set of coincidences or the sites of a very real, very deadly conspiracy.

Once a police detective in St. Paul, Minnesota, Rushmore McKenzie has become not only an unlikely millionaire, but an occasional unlicensed private investigator, doing favors for friends and people in need. When his stepdaughter Erica asks him for just such a favor, McKenzie doesn’t have it in him to refuse. Even though it sounds like a very bad idea right from the start.

The father of Malcolm Harris, a college friend of Erica’s, was found murdered a year ago in a park in New Brighton, a town just outside the Twin Cities. With no real clues and all the obvious suspects with concrete alibis, the case has long since gone cold. As McKenzie begins poking around, he soon discovers another unsolved murder that’s tangentially related to this one. And all connections seem to lead back to a group of friends the victim was close with. But all McKenzie has is a series of odd, even suspicious, coincidences—until someone decides to make it all that more serious and personal.

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The way he paced recklessly in front of me, bouncing off furniture, tripping on the throw rug; the way he looked at me with unblinking eyes—I decided the kid was messed up. My only question: Was it a temporary condition possibly...

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Praise for What the Dead Leave Behind

“Nearly impossible to put down.” —Publishers Weekly

“…it’s a distinct pleasure to follow McKenzie as he uncovers layer upon layer of corporate corruption, from sexual harassment to industrial espionage, while every second woman in the cast comes on to him.” —Kirkus Reviews

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About the author

David Housewright

DAVID HOUSEWRIGHT is the author of the Twin Cities P.I. Mac McKenzie Novels, including The Devil May Care. He has won the Edgar Award and is the three-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award for his crime fiction. He is the current president of the Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) and lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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