The Devil May Care

David Housewright. Minotaur, $25.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-250-00961-6

In Edgar-winner Housewright’s exceptional 11th novel featuring unlicensed Twin Cities PI Rushmore McKenzie novel (after 2013’s The Last Kind Word), Riley Brodin, the scion of a wealthy Minnesota family, hires McKenzie to find her new boyfriend, Juan Carlos Navarre, who has gone missing. McKenzie soon discovers that the elusive, enigmatic Juan Carlos, supposedly the son of a Spanish entrepreneur, deceived Riley about his background. At a fancy club to which he was applying for membership, for example, Juan Carlos went out of his way to impress a receptionist that he was worthy of her respect—odd behavior for even a nouveau riche. Meanwhile, a sadistic rapist-murderer is targeting Juan Carlos’s friends and lovers, but soon sets his sights on McKenzie and his client. Capable of extreme violence when provoked, McKenzie is a thoughtful, compassionate judge of the confused and wayward people in his path. Wry humor helps balance the tension in this tale of misguided love and obsession. Agent: Alison Pickard, Alison J. Picard Agency. (June)