Rushmore McKenzie returns in this fourth novel in the series as does crime, murder, violence and politics. In most books they would be just themes but in the hands of David Housewright they take on a life of their own and become characters in their own way.

While heading out to buy a dining room set from a friend, a very lost Rushmore McKenzie is flagged down by a woman begging for help. The woman claims that her boyfriend is dead. Considering her appearance which certainly indicates something very bad has happened, former police officer McKenzie decides to get out of his car into the Minnesota summer heat and investigate.

Something very bad has happened, indeed.

After seeing the grisly scene, McKenzie backs out of the home and calls it in. The woman has gone catatonic from the shock and the fact that the first officer on the scene from the Anoka Police Department is abusive towards her doesn’t help.  When he becomes violent with the woman, McKenzie interferes and the officer turns on him with the ultimate result that McKenzie soon finds himself in jail. That causes the dream, one that he hadn’t had for quite awhile, to return in all its disturbing glory.

He later learns when he is finally released many hours later that the woman who flagged him down, Merodie Davies, is in custody. While she hasn’t been charged yet in the murder of Eli Thomas Jefferson, she does have an attorney, G. K. Bonalay. Bonalay enlists McKenzie’s help in the case. With him doing the legwork and Bonalay using her connections, they begin to unravel a sordid mess going back deep into the past.

Powerfully connected people corrupt to their core in Minnesota have long been a theme in this series and it is very present in this novel. So too are others such as violence, murder, McKenzie’s troubled past, his romance with Nina, and many other items long familiar to readers of this strong series.

Unlike most series books, this one can be treated as a stand alone for readers new to this series. Other than the dream which is a nightmare and referred to again in detail in several places in this novel, earlier events in the series are not covered at all or get the barest of mentions. The nightmare/dream sequence is used to remind readers of his past as well as to create another obstacle in this novel for him to surmount as he works an increasingly complex and challenging case.

Edgar award winning author David Housewright has penned another strong novel that entertains while delivering something to think about after the book is done. This is another good one.

Dead Boyfriends

David Housewright

St. Martin’s Minotaur

ISBN# 0-312-34830-4

May 2007


278 Pages

Kevin R. Tipple © 2008

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