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.