The Monkeewrench crew returns to face the city of Minneapolis’s worst nightmare—a rampant serial killer on the loose—in the electrifying new thriller.
When Minneapolis homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are called to a crime scene in a heavily wooded city park, everything about the setting is all too familiar. And when they discover a playing card on the victim’s body, their worst fears are confirmed—there’s a serial killer operating in the city for the first time in years.
Across town, Grace MacBride and her unconventional partners at Monkeewrench Software find themselves at both personal and career crossroads. Weary of the darker side of their computer work for law enforcement, they agree to take on a private missing-persons case in a small farming community in southwestern Minnesota.
As the violence accelerates in Minneapolis, Magozzi and Gino soon realize their killer is planning to complete the deck, and they enlist Monkeewrench to help stop the rampage. As a baffling tangle of evidence accumulates, the cops and Monkeewrench make the unlikely connections among a farmer’s missing daughter, a serial killer, and a decades-old stabbing that brings them face-to-face with pure evil.
Tracy has done a great job in providing an interesting series since her first book, Monkeewrench, and like many long running series there have been ups and downs.
The character interaction between the main group of characters has been what kept bringing me back time and again regardless of any negatives. Their personalities, charm, and skills have often made hard days end on a highpoint as I was provided with a great escape and a positive way to close out an otherwise stressful day.
Lately it seems Tracy has been taking the bulk of the attention away from what made this a great series and shifting it to other characters like the detectives. They’re not bad characters and I do read a lot of law enforcement books but I had come to depend on this series solely for its focus on something other than detectives. If I wanted to read more police procedurals I have plenty to choose from written by authors in the States, the UK and Australia.
Why write these stories under the Monkeewrench banner if the focus isn’t going to be on them? If you want to write police procedurals do so as standalones or under a new series banner.
The positives still outweigh my petty grievances with great pacing, well-written suspense, fleshed out storylines, and well-developed characters with a balance in viewpoints so you get a more interesting novel.
You don’t necessarily need to read the series in order so if you haven’t read Monkeewrench I would not want you to feel dissuaded from picking this up.
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