Search Results: "P.J. Tracy"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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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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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 >

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WHITE WATER by P.J. Petersen
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"The book is a thrill ride—as the complications mount and a grittily determined Greg ingeniously responds to them, readers will come to admire him as much as James does. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Though similar in concept to Marion Dane Bauer's Face to Face (1991), this pulse-pounding adventure features characters who are considerably more likable. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 20, 1991

"If nothing else, O'Rourke has well earned his place among American humorists as the cracked voice of rock-and-roll Republicanism."
Is there anything funny left to say about our government? Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO FELL OFF THE <i>MAYFLOWER</i>, OR JOHN HOWLAND'S GOOD FORTUNE by P.J. Lynch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Sweeping and grand, this personal take on a familiar story is an engaging success. (bibliography, author's note) (Picture book. 6-14)"
A much-longer-than-typical picture book about the Mayflower's first landing in America and its aftermath, told through the eyes of one of its passengers. Read full book review >

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SUBWAY GIRL by P.J. Converse
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2011

"The light narrative tone in much of the book is often just the right touch; other times there's enough of a hint of the author's purpose—writing a novel in English for his students in Hong Kong—to interrupt the flow of what is otherwise a story with depth. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Chan Tze Man, aka Simon Chan, is falling behind in English classes at his Hong Kong high school, and he decides to leave school, even though he knows that he won't graduate without passing the final exam. Read full book review >