Search Results: "P.J. Tracy"


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OFF THE GRID by P.J. Tracy
Released: Aug. 2, 2012

"Despite the high body count, Tracy (Shoot to Thrill, 2010, etc.) seems to have taken something off her customary manic formula: The murders are much less florid than usual, and the regulars seem almost subdued."
Amazing but true: The Monkeewrench gang, that misfit quartet of lovable cybergeeks who moonlight as the nemesis of Twin Cities serial killers, actually gets upstaged by the Minneapolis Police Department. Read full book review >

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SHOOT TO THRILL by P.J. Tracy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 3, 2010

"The weakest of the gang's four adventures to date."
A serial killer who travels the nation—or is it a whole platoon of individual killers?—runs afoul of the Monkeewrench cyberteam when he (she? they?) claims a victim in the outfit's hometown of Minneapolis. Read full book review >

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SNOW BLIND by P.J. Tracy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 3, 2006

"Gripping and original set-up for the next Monkeewrench volume."
Twin City cops team up with a small-town female sheriff to track down a killer who is turning corpses into snowmen in this fourth thriller from the mother-daughter duo (Dead Run, 2005). Read full book review >

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DEAD RUN by P.J. Tracy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 21, 2005

"A ruthlessly efficient straight-arrow tale that's a welcome change of pace for the Monkeewrench gang, even though both their peculiar talents and their even more peculiar personalities are seriously underemployed. "
The four misfit partners in the crime-gaming firm Monkeewrench, who usually specialize in serial killers (Live Bait, 2004, etc.), stumble onto something much more dangerous. Read full book review >

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LIVE BAIT by P.J. Tracy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 3, 2004

"If it's anything like Tracy's first two, Minnesotans may want to duck and cover before her third hits the bookshelves."
More serial-killing woes for Minneapolis Homicide's Det. Leo Magozzi and his ladylove Grace MacBride's software-development cohorts (Monkeewrench, 2003). Read full book review >

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SPENCER TRACY by James Curtis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"A monumental, definitive biography of one the finest film actors in the history of the medium."
Spencer Tracy (1900-1967), warts and all. Read full book review >

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NOTHING STAYS BURIED by P.J. Tracy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Despite all the high tech and ballyhoo, the mother-and-daughter team writing as Tracy give their once formidable foursome (The Sixth Idea, 2016) practically nothing to do in the way of either detective work or antic byplay and provide virtually no surprises along the way. Sad."
The misfit computer geeks of Monkeewrench Software are called in to reopen a missing person case that rapidly blossoms, as if in response to their involvement, into a case of serial homicide. Read full book review >

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MONKEEWRENCH by P.J. Tracy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 14, 2003

"Late-night alert: Don't settle down with this wacky, supercharged maiden voyage at your bedside till you've cleared your schedule for the following morning."
Where will all those violent computer games end? With a copycat series of real-life homicides, in a preposterous, entertaining nailbiter that marks a pseudonymous mother-and-daughter team's first effort. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF TRACY BEAKER by Jacqueline Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2001

"By the end, Cam has still not come around—but readers may be too annoyed by Tracy's rude, aggressive character to care. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Wilson pushes so much pain between the lines of this portrait of a foster child with the personality of a steamroller that it comes off less a lightweight tribute to human resilience than a pathos-ridden tale of children acting out as they nurse profound inner wounds. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 30, 2009

"The many indifferent, sophomoric essays here will give Tracy fans information about his early work; the best ones will give them reasons to see it."
The obscure, often deservedly so, early films in which Spencer Tracy forged his screen persona are dusted off in this uneven collection of essays from the New England Vintage Film Society. Read full book review >

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HOW THE HELL DID THIS HAPPEN? by P.J. O’Rourke
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 7, 2017

"It's not Hunter S. Thompson, and O'Rourke has been funnier, lots funnier—but then again, it may just be that our current political situation is no laughing matter."
Tossed-off bons mots on "this obnoxious political spectacle, the election of 2016." Read full book review >

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I HATE WEDDINGS by P.J. Petersen
Released: April 1, 2000

"The characters, including the adults, are drawn in low but distinct relief, emotional issues are laid out without being overanalyzed, and readers will wince in sympathy as Dan finds himself in one embarrassing situation after another. (illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 9-11)"
Previously met in I Hate Camping (1991) and I Hate Company (1994), young Dan goes from pillar to post when he's asked to be Best Man at his father's second wedding. Read full book review >