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It's Christmastime, but not everyone is jolly...

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Coming home has never felt so good.

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A storm is brewing . . .

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Small-town life in Hazel Rock becomes a Texas-size crime scene when murder takes a page from Charli Rae Warren’s book club’s latest mystery . . .

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A new tale of terror and magic in a brand new world.

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“A tasty cocktail of sweet and sexy” ~ Publisher’s Weekly

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When those Jared loves are threatened, he calls on magic to survive.

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A spellbinding murder investigation amidst crises of faith...

David Housewright

My first book was a cautionary tale about a boy who builds a rope swing despite his parents' objections, falls off as they predicted, and breaks his wrist. It was called Swinging Danger and like all first novels it was highly autobiographical.

I was ten years old.

Thus began a writing career that has taken me from covering Nine-Man football in Fergus Falls, Minnesota (where they have 287 words for "cold") to the Edgar Award ceremonies in New York.

I was one of those annoying people who always knew what he wanted to be when he grew up. What I wanted to be was a writer (for a brief period I felt I was destined to replace Rod Carew as second baseman for the Minnesota Twins, but that only lasted until I tried to hit a breaking ball).

For my twelfth birthday, my parents gave me a printing press, so naturally I started my own newspaper, Neighborhood News. I sold it door-to-door for a dime, which was good money back then (you could buy five packages of Chum Gum for that). I also worked on my high school newspaper, eventually becoming its editor when I was still a junior.

Signing copies of THE DEVIL AND THE DIVA with co-author Renee Valois.

I was fired for printing an anti-war editorial. Course you need to understand I attended an all-boys Catholic military school during the height of the Viet Nam war. Of course they fired me. You would have fired me, too.

To my astonishment, two months after I graduated from high school, I was hired by a real newspaper -- Minneapolis Tribune. I started in the sports department as a "copy boy" and quickly rose to staff correspondent, covering high school and college sports and those events the senior reporters didn't want to cover: Big Ten gymnastics, AAU swimming, World Team Tennis. I loved it! I was the toast of my class at the University of St. Thomas, where I earned a journalism degree.

Unfortunately, a full time position eluded me when a merger of the morning Tribune and the afternoon Minneapolis Star caused massive staff reductions. So after I graduated, I became a news reporter for the Albert Lea Evening Tribune in southern Minnesota. It was there that I met Holland Laak, the Freeborn County Sheriff.

Laak hated me. I was this pip-squeak reporter always asking questions he didn't want to answer. Yet I liked him. He had no sense of humor that I ever saw, but I admired the way he went about his business. He was a cop's cop; a real crime dog. I named the protagonist in my first series of books after him, even though the only things Holland Taylor and Holland Laak shared was a first name and a compulsion to put things in order that were once out of order.

In my other life I work as a free-lance advertising copywriter, occasionally creating, writing, producing and directing TV spots, among other things.

After a brief stint as a sports reporter again, this time for the Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota, I left journalism and drifted into advertising, working for several prominent Twin City agencies as a copywriter and creative director. Eventually, I became creative director and part-owner of my own shop, Gerber/Housewright, in St. Paul. Along the way I worked on campaigns for a number of national clients such as Federal Express, Miller Beer, Hormel Foods, Jim Beam, Tony's Pizza and 3M.



Twin Cities P.I. Mac McKenzie


First, Kill the Lawyers, January 2019
Like to Die, June 2018
A McKenzie Novel
What the Dead Leave Behind, June 2017
Twin Cities P.I. Mac McKenzie
Stealing the Countess, June 2016
Twin Cities P.I. Mac McKenzie
Unidentified Woman #15, June 2015
Twin Cities P.I. Mac McKenzie
The Devil May Care, June 2014
Twin Cities P.I. Mac McKenzie
Curse of the Jade Lily, June 2012
A McKenzie Novel #9
Highway 61, June 2011
Twin Cities P.I. Mac McKenzie
Pretty Girl Gone, April 2007
Mac McKenzie
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