David Housewright’s 16th Mac McKenzie novel, Dead Man’s Mistress, is set to hit store shelves in May, and we have all the exciting plot details below!
Dead Man’s Mistress follows Like to Die, released back in June, which took McKenzie down a dangerous road after he tried to help his friend. This time around, the former Minnesota detective is set to investigate an art theft that paints a darker picture than he was first led to believe.
Rushmore McKenzie wonders if he’s being set up as missing property takes a darker turn near Lake Superior
Louise Wykoff is arguably the most recognizable woman living in Minnesota, known for her presence in over one hundred paintings by the late and brilliant Randolph McInnis. Louise, known better as “That Wykoff Woman,” was just a young apprentice when her intimate representation and the fact of the McInnis’s marriage caused rumors to fly—and Louise to hide away for decades.
All of McInnis’s paintings are in museums or known private collections, until Louise confesses to having three more that no one has ever heard of—and now they’ve been stolen. Rushmore McKenzie, an occasional unlicensed private investigator, agrees to look into the theft. As he investigates, following clues that appear far too straightforward, he finds himself on the wrong side of the bars wondering if the trail might be deeper and darker than he’s been led to believe. Hours away from St. Paul, deep in the nature of Grand Marais, the truth seems murkier—and deadlier—than usual.
Housewright’s fans will have plenty of new material to keep them busy because the bestseller also has a new Holland and Taylor mystery coming out on January 8th, 2019 called First, Kill the Lawyers, which is the fifth book in that series. Dead Man’s Mistress comes out a little more than four months later on Tuesday, May 21st, and is currently available for pre-order here.
Praised as “one of today’s finest book reviewers” by New York Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds, Ryan Steck (“The Godfather of the thriller genre” — Ben Coes) has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.