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Monkeewrench
P. J. Tracy
Adult Fiction TRACY

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From Publishers' Weekly:

A mother-daughter writing team pens a soundly plotted thriller that fires on all cylinders. Tracy (the authors' pseudonym) seamlessly weaves together three distinct subplots converging on a Minneapolis software company, Monkeewrench, run by eclectic misfits and founded by the beautiful, bitchy, haunted Grace MacBride, an enigmatic recluse. The slaying of an elderly couple in a Wisconsin church draws Sheriff Michael Halloran and his amorous deputy, Sharon Mueller, into an investigation that brings unprecedented scrutiny to their conservative rural town. At the same time, a string of baffling murders in Minneapolis are driving homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth bonkers. Then the folks at Monkeewrench figure out what's going on: a killer is staging a series of exotic murders that duplicate those in their grisly new video game, Serial Killer Detective. Desperate to prevent additional murders (the game has 20), the programmers study the victims to figure out who might be next. Meanwhile, Magozzi's investigation reveals that MacBride and her colleagues created entirely new identities for themselves years earlier, for reasons the FBI won't reveal, but which, Magozzi slowly finds, are connected to another series of murders a decade earlier in Atlanta. Tracy covers all the bases in this debut thriller: an accelerating, unpredictable plot that combines police procedural with techno-geek-speak, an array of well-drawn characters and, most importantly, witty repartee. Audio rights to Brilliance; foreign rights sold in France, Germany and the U.K. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Someone is playing with Grace and other employees of the software company Monkeewrench through a game they created, which is now horrifyingly replicated in real life with several murders. Can Grace find the murderer and shake off her own demons of the past? Set in rural Wisconsin and Minneapolis, P.J. Tracy's MONKEEWRENCH (Putnam. 2003. ISBN 0-399-14978-3. $23.95; pap. Signet. 2004. ISBN 0-451-21157-X. $6.99) is a satisfying debut thriller by a pseudonymous mother-daughter writing team. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Grace McBride
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Leo Magozzi
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Minneapolis detective.
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Gino Rolseth
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