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The Devil May Care (Mckenzie) by David Housewright
Review by Joseph B. Hoyos
Minotaur Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781250009616
Date: 03 June 2014 List Price $25.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Riley Brodin, the granddaughter of mega-wealthy Walter Muehlenhaus, wants PI Rushmore McKenzie to find her missing lover, Juan Carlos Navarre. Unfortunately, Juan Carlos Navarre isn't his real name. He's an ingenious con artist who preys on beautiful, naďve women. Riley is his latest victim. McKenzie isn't the only one searching for this human chameleon. Members of the Nine-Thirty-Seven Mexican Mafia are searching for Navarre. Also searching for him is a violent killer/rapist who endangers the lives of everyone around McKenzie, including his long-time girlfriend, Nina Truhler.

What is love? How well do we really know someone? These are questions explored in David Housewright's latest thriller, The Devil May Care. Housewright’s previous novel, The Last Kind Word, involved a dysfunctional, but loving, family with whom readers fell in love--a poor family desperately trying to survive in the midst of an economic downturn. The Devil May Care centers round a very wealthy and corrupt family, the Muehlenhauses, of which Riley Brodin is a member. I didn't feel much sympathy for her. I did feel sympathy for the innocent victims that are murdered while a psychopath searches for her missing boyfriend, Juan Carlos Navarre.

Is the confused Riley truly in love with Navarre? Or is her love merely an infatuation? This is difficult to determine considering she comes from a family whose members always get what they want. There is a lot of interesting family drama in this novel. In fact, it is populated with a wide assortment of unique characters and McKenzie is always quick to add his own brand of witty, offbeat humor. The humor, the family drama, a vicious serial killer, the ever elusive Navarre and a high body count ensure that this novel is fast-paced and almost impossible to put down.

The novel's setting consists primarily of the beautiful, picturesque Lake Minnetonka. Homes around the lake cost in the millions. It is a vacation land for the wealthy. The Muehlenhauses live at the palatial Pointe. Across the lake from this mansion, Navarre is paying $7,000 a month to rent another large estate. McKenzie's investigation leads him to an exclusive yachting club known as Club Versailles. Desperate to blend in with the wealthy, Navarre tried to obtain a membership but failed. In his desperation, he woos and deceives all types of women, making me think he a type of gigolo.

I didn't believe David Housewright was capable of writing a novel that would top his previous best-seller, The Last Kind Word, but he proved me wrong. The ending of The Devil May Care left me feeling numb and sad. "What a waste of a human life," I kept thinking. People are always wasting their God-given talents in pursuit of evilness. Well, it's obvious that Housewright hasn't wasted his God-given talents. I don't know about the Devil, but I definitely care when Housewright’s next novel is released.

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