David Housewright Books

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David Housewright is an award-winning American author that writes mystery novels. He was born in 1955 in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Eugene Housewright Senior (Businessman) and Patricia Langevin Housewright.

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Order of Holland Taylor Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Penance 1995 Description / Buy
2 Practice to Deceive 1997 Description / Buy
3 Dearly Departed 1999 Description / Buy
4 Darkness, Sing Me a Song 2018 Description / Buy
5 First, Kill the Lawyers 2019 Description / Buy

Order of Mac McKenzie Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 A Hard Ticket Home 2004 Description / Buy
2 Tin City 2005 Description / Buy
3 Pretty Girl Gone 2006 Description / Buy
4 Dead Boyfriends 2007 Description / Buy
5 Madman on a Drum 2008 Description / Buy
6 Jelly's Gold 2009 Description / Buy
7 The Taking of Libbie, SD 2010 Description / Buy
8 Highway 61 2011 Description / Buy
9 Curse of the Jade Lily 2012 Description / Buy
10 The Last Kind Word 2013 Description / Buy
11 The Devil May Care 2014 Description / Buy
12 Unidentified Woman #15 2015 Description / Buy
13 Stealing the Countess 2016 Description / Buy
14 What the Dead Leave Behind 2017 Description / Buy
15 Like to Die 2018 Description / Buy
16 Dead Man's Mistress 2019 Description / Buy
17 From the Grave 2020 Description / Buy
18 What Doesn't Kill Us 2021 Description / Buy
19 Something Wicked 2022 Description / Buy
20 In a Hard Wind 2023 Description / Buy
21 Man in the Water 2024 Description / Buy

Order of David Housewright Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Devil and the Diva 2012 Description / Buy
2 Finders Keepers (Short Story) 2012 Description / Buy

Order of Grifter's Song Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Concrete Smile (Short Story) ( By: Frank Zafiro) 2019 Description / Buy
2 People Like Us (Short Story) ( By: J.D. Rhoades) 2019 Description / Buy
3 The Whale (Short Story) ( By: Lawrence Kelter) 2019 Description / Buy
4 The Movie Makers (Short Story) ( By: Gary Phillips) 2019 Description / Buy
5 Lost in Middle America (Short Story) ( By: Colin Conway) 2019 Description / Buy
6 Come the Apocalypse ( By: Frank Zafiro) 2019 Description / Buy
7 Losing Streak (Short Story) ( By: Jim Wilsky) 2019 Description / Buy
8 Gone Dead on You (Short Story) ( By: Eryk Pruitt) 2020 Description / Buy
9 Upgrade (Short Story) ( By: Asa Maria Bradley) 2020 Description / Buy
10 The Money Block (Short Story) ( By: Holly West) 2020 Description / Buy
11 The Sound of Breaking Bones (Short Story) ( By: Eric Beetner) 2020 Description / Buy
12 Still Life with Suitcase ( By: Scott Eubanks) 2020 Description / Buy
13 Down Comes the Night (Short Story) ( By: Frank Zafiro) 2020 Description / Buy
14 The Reckoner ( By: Frank Zafiro) 2021 Description / Buy
15 The Rule of Thirds ( By: Matt Phillips) 2021 Description / Buy
16 The Down and Out ( By: Lawrence Maddox) 2021 Description / Buy
17 Travel Money ( By: Jonathan J. Brown) 2021 Description / Buy
18 Rocky Mountain Lie (Short Story) ( By: Michael Pool) 2021 Description / Buy
19 Open Up Your Heart (Short Story) ( By: Carmen Jaramillo) 2021 Description / Buy
20 Ride Like Hell ( By: S.A. Cosby) 2021 Description / Buy
21 The Alpha Whisperer ( By: Frank Zafiro) 2021 Description / Buy
22 Dracula Wine 2021 Description / Buy
23 Diamond Dogs ( By: Gabriel Valjan) 2022 Description / Buy
24 Dusty and Bent (Short Story) ( By: Trey R. Barker) 2022 Description / Buy
25 Concrete and Cocaine (Short Story) ( By: Vincent Zandri) 2022 Description / Buy
26 The Low White Plain ( By: Paul J. Garth) 2022 Description / Buy
27 Dangerous to Know (Short Story) ( By: Hilary Davidson) 2022 Description / Buy
28 Madam Tomahawk ( By: Nick Kolakowski) 2023 Description / Buy
29 Outfoxed ( By: Jeffery Hess) 2023 Description / Buy
30 Somewhere Outside Salvation (Short Story) ( By: James D.F. Hannah) 2023 Description / Buy

David Housewright Anthologies

# Read Title Published Details
1 Twin Cities Noir 2006 Description / Buy
2 Resort to Murder 2007 Description / Buy
3 Once Upon a Crime: An Anthology of Murder, Mayhem and Suspense 2009 Description / Buy
4 Deadly Treats 2011 Description / Buy
5 Writes of Spring 2012 Description / Buy
6 A Grifter's Song Vol. 7 2022 Description / Buy
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He wrote his first novel at ten. ‘Swinger Danger’ was an autobiographical tale about a boy that built a rope swing and fell, breaking his wrist as his parents had predicted. Housewright self-published the book using the hand-cranked printing press his parents gave him.

The author was forty when his second novel (Penance) came out. Although, Housewright did plenty of writing in the preceding years. He worked for his high school’s newspaper as an editor but lost the position after releasing an editorial condemning the Vietnam War.

He joined the Minneapolis Tribune in his college years, covering stories too small to draw the attention of senior reporters. After a stint at the Albert Lea Evening Tribune and the Grand Forks Herald (North Dakota), the author went into advertising.

He worked for several Twin Cities advertising agencies as a copywriter and creative director, winning accolades like CLIO that many of his readers have never even heard of, and ultimately becoming a partner at his own agency.

Housewright was still the creative director at Gerber/Housewright Advertising when he decided to return to his first love. The desire to write fiction had haunted him since he was a child, and Housewright was elated when his first novel came out and won an Award.

The author sold the advertising agency to his partner and decided to dedicate his time to writing and publishing. Over the years, Housewright has published numerous full-length novels and short stories.

The author has not forgotten his roots. He frequently incorporates his home state into the books he writes, using real places, traditions, and speech patterns from Minnesota to shape his stories and characters.

Housewright looks at his career as a business. While he enjoys the activity, he doesn’t write for fun. The author meets many aspiring writers that are often shocked and overwhelmed by the rigors of publishing.

They don’t realize that authors can lose their publishers at a moment’s notice despite selling tens of thousands of copies of their books. Housewright started writing for money at a young age. As such, he isn’t shocked when the publishing industry fails to pay him what he thinks he’s worth.

The author’s experience as a copywriter and creative director in advertising prepared him adequately. He knows how to edit books to perfection, removing the parts readers typically skip and producing a highly engaging product.

David Housewright Awards

Housewright has won Edgar and Minnesota Book Awards.

Best David Housewright Books

The author teaches a class at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. He shows aspiring novelists how to succeed in publishing. Housewright’s best books include:

A Hard Ticket Home: Mac was bored. He had too much time and money on his hands. As such, he couldn’t really refuse when a friend asked for a favor. Stacy Carlson had leukemia; her only bone marrow match was Jamie, her older sister.

But Jamie was gone. She ran away from home a long time ago. Stacy’s family wanted the ex-cop to find her before the nine-year-old girl’s health deteriorated. Mac knew where to look. However, the pimps and drug dealers he consulted had nothing of significance to tell him.

And the few clues Mac found were pointing to the city’s most respected businessmen. Something was afoot, and Mac wasn’t sure what, but he needed to find out before he drew the ire of the wrong person.

Tin City: Mr. Mosley wanted to find out why his bees kept dying. Mac accepted the request because he spent his days doing favors for his friends. The former police officer was so rich that he had plenty of time to spare.

Therefore, finding the person responsible for Mr. Mosley’s dead bees was barely an inconvenience. It gave Mac something to do. Although, this time around, he might have bitten off more than he could chew.

Crosetti, the man killing Mr. Mosley’s bees, had a sharper edge than Mac anticipated. Crosetti was not content with making threats. He disappeared soon after, leaving a vicious rape and a lifeless body in his wake. Now Mac is on the warpath. He won’t rest until he finds Crosetti.

When Does The Next David Housewright book come out?

David Housewright doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Man in the Water and was released on June, 25th 2024. It is the newest book in the Mac McKenzie Series.


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