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The Taking of Libbie, SD (Mac McKenzie #7)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  237 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
In David Housewright's The Taking of Libbie, SD, a grifter cons an entire town using Mac McKenzie's name, leaving the real McKenzie facing an angry town with nothing left to lose.

Rushmore McKenzie is a retired cop, an unexpected millionaire, and an occasional unlicensed private investigator. So, it isn't the biggest surprise in the world when he's attacked and kidnapped fr
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Published June 8th 2010 by Minotaur Books (first published June 2010)
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Dec 25, 2016 Kat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 10, 2013 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
David Housewright starts you right off with a bang and keeps the readers there for a while. What's nicely handled here is the idea that the readers knows just as much as our hero, Rushmore McKenzie, and we are on the journey with McKenzie throughout the book.

What's not quite so convincing (to me, at least) is the idea that a town, even a couple of leaders in a town, would resort to the kind of kidnapping that takes place herein. That it happens, and then Rushmore McKenzie still agrees to work wi
Feb 10, 2011 Patty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Okay, just Wow. I wasn't expecting a lot from this book but I decided to try it because there aren't that many books set in South Dakota and even fewer of them are mysteries. Housewright has a reputation for writing more "thriller" type books than traditional or cozy mysteries which are my preferred mystery type. Always nice to find the stereotype isn't really true, at least for this book. Yes, there are several bodies and several fights but it wasn't graphic and I ended up loving the book. ...more
Apr 14, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Housewright is the third most dependable mystery authors after John Sandford and Lee Child. Unlike Child's wandering Jack Reacher, Housewright's McKenzie is rooted in the same Minnesota territory as Sandford's Lucas Davenport.

Housewright writes with a bit more humor than both Sandford and Child but his stories are no less compelling. With a large bank account and a penchant for kitchen gadgets, McKenzie is drawn to trouble in the spirit of helping those who can't necessarily help themselves. He
Richard Thompson
An enjoyable enough light read. Our hero, Rushmore McKenzie, is a little too much of a tough guy. Some of the plot elements are a little dodgy, as are some of the characterizations. Maggee found "the inner voice" a bit off-putting. We have already started Housewright's HIGHWAY 61, so that tells you something.

18. MemoryWalk: Northern Health has been transformed into the Libbie, SD Medical Center. We watch as a man walks down the street in front of the building and another man wearing a ski mask
Jun 02, 2010 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love David Housewright, and I'm unable to put any of his books down (give it a try yourself). In this one main character Mac MacKenzie is kidnapped in the first chapter and dragged to Libbie, S.D., where someone else using his name has tried to defraud the town. Despite his anger at being kidnapped (and who can blame him) white knight Mac still decides to help the town fathers of Libbie what happened to his namesake, who he calls the "Imposter". As usual all the sidebar characters are as vivid ...more
Jul 18, 2016 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Housewright sent McKenzie off in a new direction--literally. And, that opening would have been the closing in any other mystery. Nice twist. Housewright's knowledge and sensitivity about the dying small towns of Middle America echoed my own knowledge based on Iowa small towns. The desperation can make townspeople susceptible to shysters and flim-flam men (Heard about those??) and their big plans to save the way of life in the small burbs scattered throughout the territory. Again, the author's kn ...more
Dec 14, 2014 Rusty rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Some books are ok until a certain point. This was one of them. The hero is an ex-cop who served years on the force. Retired, he finds himself in this small town literally ruled by an older wealthy man who stomps on anyone who thwarts his intentions. When the hero finds himself in the middle of plains covered with grass he becomes unhinged. No water, no food, no phone. For someone who has supposedly lived through more dangerous situations I felt that this scenario was out of la-la land and almost ...more
Adam Haan
Oct 08, 2011 Adam Haan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In South Dakota, people mean what they say and say what they mean. That can be refreshing at times. The corruption of a small fictional town – Libbie – and an elaborate case of identity fraud is the story behind this great book by David Housewright. The main character is kidnapped from St. Paul and brought to Libbie. But the people of that small town have never before met anyone like Rushmore McKinzie. This retired cop, now a millionaire, has smarts, a short temper and intense resolve. This is o ...more
Jun 20, 2010 Larry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Housewright, being from Minnesota, knows a thing or two about South Dakota. He creates a believable fictitious SD town in the form of Libbie, populates it with believable types, and puts Rushmore McKenzie into more than one life-threatening sotuation. McKenzie is one of those wise-cracking private investigator/ex-cop types, but he grows on you throughout the seven novels in which he appears. Housewright also makes some astute observations about the future of the small towns on the Great Plains, ...more
Jan 06, 2011 Su rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is certainly no book for the ages, but it is an enjoyable quirky mystery that takes place in an even quirkier South Dakota prairie town. The writer uses a lighthanded approach to his story and although it incorportates kidnapping, murder, revenge and remorse it never seems violent or overdone. It was a pleasant surprise to discover the author was a Minnesotan and he mentions many of the state's familiar landmarks. He evens throws in a small reference to our neighboring town of Fulda here in ...more
I had a great time following Rushmore McKenzie to fictional Libbie, SD. The novel starts with a bang with our hero being kidnapped on page one and races along with murder, mayhem and greed being thrown at us thick and fast. Who would have thought a small town in South Dakota could have so many beautiful women and so many crimes to solve? This often funny novel does a nice job of portraying the landscape of a modern "Little Town on the Prairie."
May 31, 2011 Clare rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm on a kick where I'm reading books based in the Twin Cities (or Minnesota) by Minnesota authors. This is another one.

More Rushmore McKenzie. Since most of the book takes place away from McKenzie's beloved St. Paul, this is not as strong of a a story. It lets Mckenzie be a tough guy and a smart ass, but didn't really satisfy the way his stories usually do.
Jan 03, 2012 Craig rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a pretty good book, with a unique plot and story, and well done for most of the way. Until the last 3 or 4 chapters, which piled climax on top of climax, coincidence on coincidence, and the mystery was solved in one of the most ridiculous conclusions I can remember. It's too bad really, because to that point, it was a 5-star book...
Fred Limberg
Jul 12, 2011 Fred Limberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of this guy. I thought he reached a bit with this book, taking such an interest in the goings on in the town, but that's just the way his character, Mac Mckenzie is. A very enjoyable waste of time, which is what a well written thriller should be.
May 31, 2011 Lynne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I sort of liked Housewright's books because they were set in St. Paul and it's interesting to follow the people and places...but... he has this incredibly annoying habit of italicizing something and then adding "my inner voice said". Dude- that's what the italics mean!
Sep 06, 2010 Papalodge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
McKenzie is an enjoyable funny character, his inner voice is often funnier. "How do you know it's morning?" The sun is rising... "How do you know it isn't setting?"
Most of the characters are not whom they seem to be. Not that they are all liars.
Spoiler alert - page 230.
Kathleen Ryan
Jul 13, 2013 Kathleen Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed it, it wasn't Grapes of Wrath but a nice enjoyable quick read, it's nice to recognize the locations
Tom Hicks
I love a great mystery and David Housewright keeps cranking them out Hard to put down, and can't wait for the next installment.
Dec 10, 2010 Kim rated it it was amazing
Every time I read one of Housewright's books, I am wowed once again by his skill. He really should be a household name. If you haven't read him, it's time you started.
Aug 28, 2016 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another solid McKenzie mystery. This series is definitely my current favorite mystery series--good plots, good mystery, good dialogue, and a setting close to home definitely help.
Aug 04, 2013 Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Doug-Rushmore McKenzie, a retired Mpls. cop, is kidnapped and taken to Libbie, SD. However, the kidnapping is a case of mistaken identity. The con man using McKenzie's name scammed the town.
Aug 03, 2010 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
Housewright continues to entertain and delight with this seventh offering in his Rushmore McKenzie series set in the Twin Cities.
Mar 03, 2012 Annie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
well....this just did not do it for me, sorry Dave. I have read all your books up to now but, at least I will not buy any more hardcovers
Emily Grace
Sep 18, 2016 Emily Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good page Turner.

Not feasible but good to read for fun. I've read several by this writer. Kept my interest throughout. Too many villains.
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"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
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