Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Pretty Girl Gone (Mac McKenzie, #3)” as Want to Read:
Pretty Girl Gone (Mac McKenzie, #3)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Pretty Girl Gone (Mac McKenzie #3)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  313 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Rushmore "Mac" McKenzie has a lot of old girlfriends, but only one went on to marry the current governor of the state of Minnesota. And only one is calling him with a desperate request to meet in secret. First Lady Lindsay Barrett is carrying an anonymous e-mail that contains the makings of an ugly rumor about her husband, the man about to run for higher office---perhaps e ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 16th 2006 by Minotaur Books (first published 2006)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Pretty Girl Gone, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Pretty Girl Gone

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Dec 16, 2016 Kat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
May 24, 2011 Spuddie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
#3 Rushmore "Mac" MacKenzie mystery set in and around St. Paul, MN. Mac is an unlicensed PI who works essentially doing favors for friends, given that he inherited a bundle of money a few years ago, left the police force and now lives a life of leisure most of the time.

In this book, he's contacted by an old girlfriend from high school, who now just happens to be the first lady of Minnesota. The Governor has apparently been threatened although he doesn't know it--an e-mail to his wife says that
Sep 08, 2016 Gail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Rushmore McKenzie, "Mac" to his friends has a lot of friends and former girlfriends. One of the latter is the first lady of the state, and her husband is running for the Senate. She contacts Mac to discover who sent an email accusing the governor of killing his high school sweetheart. Mac tracks the computer sending the email back to the small town where the governor grew up. He finds a strange town full of racism, fear, secrets, and people willing to fight to keep those secrets.
PRETTY GIRL GONE (Unlicensed Investigator-Minnesota-Cont) – VG
Housewright, David – 3rd in series
St. Martin’s Press, 2006- Hardcover
***Rushmore “Mac” McKenzie has retired from the police force wealthy enough not to need work. But he does favors for people, particularly his old high school girlfriend. Lindsey Barrett is married to the Governor of Minnesota and is planning to run for the Senate. But someone has sent her an email saying that if he runs, the truth will come out about the murder of Ja
Anna Marie
Mac is asked by his high school ex-"girlfriend," Zee, who is now the governor's wife, to find out who sent her a threatening e-mail. Sounds simple right? Mac gets one of his hacker friends to determine who and where it originated from.

But, before he can do anything, the threats start flying from left and right. He starts to wonder how he got this involved with this political mess.

David Housewright is at it again, writing a red herring, i.e the murder suspect so blatant you know that they can't
Apr 05, 2011 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I haven't read Housewright for awhile and enjoyed this book very much. A Minnesota author, MN setting with interesting characters which holds the interest of the reader to the end. The First Lady of MN comes to her high school friend, Rushmore "Mac" Mackenzie to help her decide who wrote an incriminating e-mail threatening the Governor's bid for Senate. Mac gets pulled in to the mystery that eventually solves the 20 yr old murder case of a young high school cheerleader in very small Victoria MN. ...more
Feb 28, 2011 james rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book by this author that I have read. I can't figure out why he's not more popular. The title character was a high school senior who was murdered many years ago. The police have few clues and blame a vanished group of drifters. In modern times the wife of the governor (of Minnesota) consults her old high school boyfriend who's a detective. It seems that she's just received an anonymous E-mail saying that her husband was the killer of the title character, who was then his main s ...more
Sonja Isaacson
I hope this is not an accurate description of small-town politics and small-town basketball teams. Though it might be. I also don't like that Mckenzie goes into the town seemingly trying to prove his worldliness and how cities are superior. He is also busy getting himself into a romantic dilemma - like Housewright needed to throw in an extra hook to keep people reading? Doesn't he believe in his writing, his characters? So that makes me mad since there was the option to keep the character as a m ...more
Feb 19, 2016 Glen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Third book in the Rushmore MacKenzie series. Not too bad, but Housewright thinks he has to make some political points, which wouldn't be so bad, were they not so completely conventional in virtually every newspaper in the country, which is a big part of the reason newspapers are a dying industry, but I digress.

Once past all that, there is a pretty engaging mystery there, about small town secrets and a governor.
Apr 19, 2008 Evelyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Private investigator Rushmore "Mac" McKensie is asked by an old friend, now the governor's wife, to investigate an extortion e-mail that indicates the governor was responsible for the murder of his high school sweetheart.

A compelling, erudite mystery with cold case intrigue. Highly recommend.
Linda Thompson
A story about an investigator doing a favor for an old girlfried by looking into a murder that occurred many years ago. It takes place in a small MN town where their only claim to fame was winning the state basketball title many years ago, at the same time the murder took place. It had never been solved.
Joe O'c
Jan 13, 2010 Joe O'c rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent; Continuing character: Rushmore McKenzie; at the request of Minnesota's First Lady, an old friend, Mac looks into threats related to the governor and a long unsolved murder of a cheerleader at the school the governor attended and starred at in basketball
Jun 27, 2016 mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as the first

Not as good as the first, which was excellent, but the end makes up for it. Love the twin city aspect.
Al Iverson
Yet another McKenzie novel, set in Minnesota. With a character modeled on Governor Tim Pawlenty...except for the murder part, I hope. Plays fast and loose with geography, but is otherwise enjoyable.
Feb 10, 2016 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super quick read, and I figured out who did the murder before the author said who it was. Maybe thought it was this person at least a chapter ahead of it being released.
Betsy rated it liked it
Aug 29, 2007
RichardM rated it really liked it
Apr 16, 2014
Barbara Bakal
Barbara Bakal rated it really liked it
Jan 06, 2014
Lyle Lamont
Lyle Lamont rated it it was amazing
Jan 19, 2017
Mike Gabor
Mike Gabor rated it really liked it
Apr 15, 2012
Apr 30, 2010 Annie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
another fav. local dude...rushmore mackensie book
Kristin L. Watson
Kristin L. Watson rated it it was ok
Oct 15, 2014
Kathleen rated it it was amazing
Jun 12, 2015
Dan Schmohe
Dan Schmohe rated it liked it
Jan 06, 2017
Cheryl rated it really liked it
Apr 11, 2013
Jane M
Jul 31, 2015 Jane M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It kept my interest til the end.
Angie rated it really liked it
Feb 20, 2014
Heather Stanley
Heather Stanley rated it liked it
Dec 11, 2013
Wendy Durham
Wendy Durham rated it liked it
Sep 10, 2013
William Timmerman
William Timmerman rated it really liked it
Jun 27, 2016
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • A Safe Place for Dying (Dek Elstrom #1)
  • Dante's Dilemma (A Mark Angelotti Novel, #3)
  • A Dance of Ghosts (PI John Crane, #1)
  • The Midnight Show Murders (Billy Blessing, #2)
  • Dead Broke in Jarrett Creek (Samuel Craddock Mystery, #3)
  • Knee High by the Fourth of July (Murder-by-Month Mystery #3)
  • Absolute Zero (Phil Broker, #3)
  • Playing God (Joe Burgess, #1)
  • Blood Country (Claire Watkins, #1)
  • Broken Hearted Ghoul (Taxi for the Dead #1)
  • The Nameless Dead (Inspector Devlin, #5)
  • Spitting Devil (Jonathan Stride, #5.5)
  • Cold Pursuit
  • Watch Me (A Jefferson Winter Thriller, #2)
  • The Water Clock (Philip Dryden, #1)
  • The Devil's Bed
  • Past Crimes (Van Shaw, #1)
A reformed newspaper reporter and ad man, Housewright's book "Penance" (Foul Play Press) earned the 1996 Edgar Award for Best First Novel from the Mystery Writers of America and was nominated for a Shamus in the same category by the Private Eye Writers of America.

"Practice to Deceive" won the 1998 Minnesota Book Award (it is currently being developed as a feature film) and "Jelly's Gold" won the s
More about David Housewright...

Other Books in the Series

Mac McKenzie (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • A Hard Ticket Home (Mac McKenzie, #1)
  • Tin City (Mac McKenzie, #2)
  • Dead Boyfriends (Mac McKenzie, #4)
  • Madman on a Drum (Mac McKenzie, #5)
  • Jelly's Gold (Mac McKenzie, #6)
  • The Taking of Libbie, SD (Mac McKenzie, #7)
  • Highway 61 (Mac McKenzie, #8)
  • Curse of the Jade Lily (Mac McKenzie, #9)
  • The Last Kind Word (Mac McKenzie, #10)
  • The Devil May Care (Mac McKenzie, #11)

Share This Book