Stealing the Countess

Stealing the Countess

Book - 2016
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Since becoming an unlikely millionaire and quitting the St. Paul Police Department, Rushmore McKenzie has been working as an unlicensed private investigator, basically doing favors for friends and people in need. But even for him, this latest job is unusual. He's been asked to find a stolen Stradivarius, known as the Countess Borromeo, that only the violinist seems to want him to find. Stolen from a locked room in a B&B in the violinist's former hometown of Bayfield, Wisconsin, the violin is valued at $4 million and is virtually irreplaceable. But the foundation that owns it and their insurance company refuses to think about buying it back from the thief (or thieves.) However, the violinist who has played it for the past twelve years is desperate to get it back and will pay out of his own pocket to get it back. Though it's not his usual sort of case, McKenzie is intrigued and decides to try and help, which means going against the local police, the insurance company, the FBI's Art Crime division, and his own lawyer's advice. And, as he quickly learns, there's a lot more going on than the mere theft of a priceless instrument.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2016
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781250049667
Branch Call Number: Mystery Housewright
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 22 cm


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Dec 03, 2016

(Book 13 in the McKenzie series)

Oct 24, 2016

This is the 13th title in Housewright's "MacKenzie novel" series. Very good plot and interesting setting. Maybe we can call this style "noir metro" - enough action to keep me turning the pages, smart plot, no blood & gore for the sake thereof. First I've read in this series - I wonder how fans of the series think it compares to earlier titles.


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