"Jelly's Gold" is David Housewright's 6th Rushmore McKenzie novel, a series that I have followed with relish. McKenzie is the flawed former police officer who once resigned from the force to collect several million dollars in reward money and has used that money to become an unlicensed PI who does "favors" for friends in trouble.
In this outing, McKenzie is intrigued when old acquaintance, Ivy Flynn (see Tin City, now a grad student, enlists his aid in helping her and her boyfriend, Josh Berglund, find $8 million dollars in hidden gold bullion. The gold was the result of a bank robbery by real time gangster, Frank "Jelly" Nash, in 1933 and was never located after Nash was killed in the infamous Kansas City Massacre. Soon, McKenzie is competing with others for the gold including assorted thugs representing different interests, dignitaries whose ancestors associated with Nash, a fascinating woman named "Heavenly" and former paramours and lovers of the college students (Ivy...
Although I'm a St. Paul native myself, I don't read McKenzie novels to read about old history. I read novels one through five but couldn't even finish this one. Afraid to purchase number six. Waste of money. McKenzie is the draw and this centered around everybody but him.
I think Housewright is a very talented writer who develops stories with believable plot lines and strong characterization. He knows how to write captivating dialogue and paces his novels extremely well. And, this was his award winning book. Oddly enough, while it was a good book, it really didn't hold my interest as much as some of his other works and I've read them all. I think it was all the historical perspective that dampened the book somewhat for me although it was necessary to the story. You won't be disappointed in the book and it's an enjoyable read.
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