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Dead Run (Monkeewrench Series #3)

Dead Run (Monkeewrench Series #3)

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by P. J. Tracy, Buck Schirner

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Computer game company founders Grace MacBride and Annie Belinsky—along with Wisconsin deputy Sharon Mueller—are en route to Green Bay, following reports of a serial killer, when their car breaks down deep in the northern woods. A short walk through the forest leads them to the eerily quiet town of Four Corners, where they find severed phone lines and a


Computer game company founders Grace MacBride and Annie Belinsky—along with Wisconsin deputy Sharon Mueller—are en route to Green Bay, following reports of a serial killer, when their car breaks down deep in the northern woods. A short walk through the forest leads them to the eerily quiet town of Four Corners, where they find severed phone lines and a complete absence of any life. But the quiet is deceptive. Before they know it, they witness a horrifying double murder—and discover that this is only the beginning of a race to save their own lives…and countless others.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the latest winner from the pseudonymous mother/daughter writing team, Tracy's quirky characters get caught up in a homegrown terrorist plot featuring ultra right-wing militiamen and three tanker trucks full of nerve gas. Having gotten rich from their gaming software, the eccentric personnel of the Minneapolis-based Monkeewrench computer company (Harley Davidson, Grace MacBride, Annie Belinski and the six-foot-seven-inch geek Roadrunner) are presently giving away their "computerized detective software" to police departments with serial killer problems. Grace, Annie and Wisconsin deputy Sharon Mueller are headed to Green Bay, where Sharon believes a serial killer has set up shop. But during a quick sightseeing detour into the Wisconsin hinterlands, Grace's Range Rover breaks down and the women have to hike through the woods for help. They end up in the town of Four Corners, which seems abandoned. The ladies don't know it yet, but that's because earlier that day a milk truck loaded with nerve gas rolled over, lost its load and wiped out everyone in town. Now the entire area is surrounded by a right-wing paramilitary bent on keeping the spill a secret by killing anyone left alive. Tracy's characters are full of quips and comedy, and yet they all have dark pasts ominously and obliquely referred to throughout the novel. The jokes, cold-blooded murders and the past secrets sometimes work at cross-purposes, but the courage and indomitable spirit of the plucky trio will win readers over as they speed through the final pages of the race-against-the-clock ending. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
The mother/daughter writing duo of P.J. Tracy (Monkeewrench; Live Bait) has once again penned a furiously paced tale with their trademark humor and quirky characters-only this time there's a personal twist. Deputy Sharon Mueller suspects a serial killer is at work and asks prickly, paranoid Grace McBride and queen-sized sexpot Annie Belinsky of Monkeewrench fame to accompany her from Minneapolis to Green Bay, WI. Their car breaks down in tiny Four Corners, MN, which appears to be recently vacated. They are not alone, however: an extremist paramilitary group has garrisoned the town and is hunting them down with orders to shoot on sight. The men left behind become concerned when Sharon, Grace, and Annie don't arrive in Green Bay; soon, they set out after them, but this is no damsel-in-distress tale. While these women are smart and feisty, a much bigger problem is afoot than they realize. Four Corners is just part of a larger terrorist plot that takes the combined efforts of the sheriff's department, the FBI, and the Monkeewrench crew to resolve. Strongly recommended for all fiction collections.-Stacy Alesi, Palm Beach Cty. Lib. Syst., Boca Raton, FL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
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. Kingsford County (Wis.) Sheriff's Deputy Sharon Mueller, on loan to the Minneapolis FBI, thinks three murders in Green Bay may be the work of a single mastermind. So well-armed paranoiac Grace MacBride and queen-sized clotheshorse Annie Belinsky join her in the six-hour drive back to Green Bay. They take the scenic route, and they're a long way from the main roads when their car breaks down. Walking into little Four Corners, they find Dale's Gas open for business and Hazel's Cafe steeped in cooking odors, but not a single person anywhere. What could have turned the place into a ghost town overnight? Gradually becoming alarmed that Annie and Grace have fallen off the radar, their Monkeewrench partners, cactus-collecting Harley Davidson and technogeek Roadrunner, realize along with the women that the answer is even more terrifying than the question. Tracy offers equal opportunity to both sexes for improbable heroics, though the women get to suffer more hairsbreadth escapes and to fire more serious weapons. By the time the dust has cleared, neither the continuing cast nor their fans are likely to trust strangers for a long time. 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. Author tour

Product Details

Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
Monkeewrench Series, #3
Edition description:
Unabridged, 7 Cassettes, 10 hours
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 7.12(h) x 2.63(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

P.J. Tracy is the pseudonym of mother-daughter writing duo P.J. and Traci Lambrecht, winners of the Anthony, Barry, Gumshoe, and Minnesota Book Awards. Their first four novels, Monkeewrench, Live Bait, Dead Run, and Snow Blind have become national and international bestsellers.

P.J. Lambrecht is a college dropout with one of the largest collections of sweatpants in the world. She was raised in an upper-middle class family of very nice people, and turned to writing to escape the hardships of such a life. She had her first short story published in The Saturday Evening Post when Traci was eight, still mercifully oblivious to her mother’s plans to eventually trick her into joining the family business. She has been a moderately successfully free-lance writer ever since, although she has absolutely no qualifications for such a profession, except a penchant for lying.

Traci Lambrecht spent most of her childhood riding and showing horses. She graduated with a Russian Studies major from St. Olaf College in Northfield Minnesota, where she also studied voice. Her aspirations of becoming a spy were dashed when the Cold War ended, so she instead attempted briefly and unsuccessfully to import Eastern European folk art. She began writing to finance her annoying habits of travel and singing in rock bands, and much to her mother’s relief, finally realized that the written word was her true calling. They have been writing together ever since.

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Dead Run 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am telling you, I could not put this book down! A friend of mine at work told me about their books, and I've read every one except Snowblind and will start on that one tomorrow! This was an edge of your seat thriller! I can't imagine anyone not liking this book. Buy all of these books, you won't be sorry!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This really has to be read to believe how good the charactures, plot, writting, everything in this sieres is.I bought every one of them after reading their first book Monkrywrench
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The best so far in the series.  If you enjoyed the first two, you'll love this one!
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Very good book, easy read, gets you hooked right away.
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enjoyed this book very much. Getting to know these characters has been fun - they are enough off-beat to be interesting. After reading the second book by these authors, I am anxious to read the next one. With all of the different characters there are endless possibilities for interaction among them.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read from these authors and although it had me ploughing through to the end, the writing itself didn't do much for me. The beginning was a little confusing too many characters. The ending was unique and not Hollywood-ized. If a screenwriter got ahold of this, picked out the best parts, I think it would be a great movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dead Run was one of the best books i have read in a long time. Every page is filled with crime, thrill and you never know whats coming your way next. P. J.Tracy can write thriller books like no other and you will not be able to put it down once you start. I highly recomend this novel to anyone seeking a kind of thrill you can only get by the unknown.Read it, you will not regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I missed this one somehow, I read 'Snow Blind' first and it was pretty good. Then I read 'Dead Run' and had to force myself to read it to the end, hoping it would get better (it didn't.) My first thought was that Grace, being overly prepared, would have taken a satellite phone instead of relying on a cell phone when she knew there were dead areas with no cell towers. That's just the beginning, and the book, especially the ending when the whole rationale for this convoluted story made me wonder if the idea was ripped off from the Nicolas Cage movie 'The Rock'. In the meantime, most of the characters were one-dimensional, and the men don't speak-they 'growl', 'spit', and 'rumble'. I expected more from the authors of 'Monkeewrench'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to say I am baffled by the acclaim this book has attracted. This book carries a cliche on every page, mostly delivered by shallow stereotyped characters. The plot does not provide any significant twists at all. It is clear, almost from the first two chapters, exactly where the tale is heading. In fact, the entire storyline appears to be built on a series of ridiculous (verging on the comical) coincidences. Sorry, but I would can't endorse this book. It is in the cheap and trashy blockbuster mould.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Who could not love the strong, feisty women in the P.J. Tracy 'Monkeewrench' series? Here three of them are on the run in an isolated area of Wisconsin, dodging a paramilitary group bent on 'erasing' them as witnesses. In desperation and unsure help will arrive, they take matters into their own hands. Since I hadn't read one of this series in several years, I often had a problem keeping the numerous menfolk 'back at the ranch' straight, but there was something to like about each one of them. Fast-paced and suspenseful, this book is a great read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was exciting, thrilling, great story and characters. A must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One might think that a mother/daughter writing team would turn out cookbooks, perhaps sewing manuals. P. J. Tracy is the pseudonym for quite a different sort of mom/daughter pair - they're hip, inventive, and blessed with dark humor. Listeners will remember that when last heard from the crew at Monkeewrench, a computer company, had laughed all the way to the bank as the money rolled in. Now, they're successful they are generously giving away software - one they believe will help track serial killers. The police department in Green Bay, Wisconsin, is an intended beneficiary. Unfortunately the Range Rover carrying Monkeewrench founders Grace McBride and Annie Belinsky on this mission shudders to an unexpected standstill way back in the Northern woods. The pair, plus Wisconsin deputy Sharon Mueller, have no choice but to hoof it for help. Their trek takes them to the small town of Four Corners. But, rather than a garage, they find no one - absolutely no one. It is as if all the townspeople have been wiped off the map. In addition, every phone line has been cut. After witnessing a horrific crime, the trio realize that they'd best run - run as fast as they can for their very lives. Of course, it doesn't take the rest of the Monkeewrench group to begin to look for them, but where? As always this authorial team provides both suspense and smiles. An irresistible combination. Let Buck Schirner join them as narrator, and you have topnotch listening entertainment. - Gail Cooke
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate enough to come across Monkeewrench in unabridged audio (the only format I can fit into my schedule). I thoroughly enjoyed the tape, and felt like I was on the ground floor of 'charter readers' (the firsts of the first) for the novels of p.j. tracy. The mother-daughter combination works like a well-oiled machine, as the characters meld from two generations. The first time I saw 'Live Bait'at the bookstore, I immediately bought it and was not disappointed. The same is true now, of 'Dead Run.' The characters are well-written individuals, and so is the story. I just hope the readers of 'Dead Run' have also read 'Monkeewrench' and 'Live Bait'--you get the full satisfaction of the stories if you read them in order. As for me, I can't wait for the NEXT Monkeewrench story!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sharon Mueller, now on loan to the FBI, talks Grace MacBride and Annie Belinsky into taking Monkeewrench's computerized detective software to Green Bay, WI. The three woman are off on a road trip from Minneapolis passing through areas of Wisconsin that have no cell phone signals. The other members of Monkeewrench, as well as policeman, Leo Magozzi, don't like the fact that the women will be out of touch, but Grace and Sharon can handle any situation that might arise -- or can they? Sharon convinves Grace and Annie to take a side trip to visit a 'must see' building. On the way back, Grace's SUV dies a slow death. It's time to walk to get help since their cell phones are useless. They come upon the very small town of Four Corners. Grace, having developed a sixth sense for trouble, is the first to realize that something is terribly wrong. There are no people, no animals --no sounds. Ms. Tracy plunges her readers into a terrifying journey. A timely thriller that addresses questions of terrorism and government. She hits all of the right buttons providing an original well-plotted story that doesn't let up until the final sentence.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Deputy Sharon Mueller, on loan to the FBI, asks two Monkeewrench computer software company partners Grace McBride and Annie Belinky to drive to Green Bay from Minneapolis to help the police use their new software designed especially for criminal apprehension. On their way Sharon convinces them to make a quick stop at a place where she wants to show them something unique.......................... They are in a deserted area when Grace immediately realizes something is wrong in the town of Four Corners and the area surrounding it. There are no people, animals or sounds of life except for men dressed in soldiers¿ uniforms setting up a roadblock keeping everyone out. These soldiers know Grace, Annie and Sharon are in the area and have orders to kill them on sight but these women aren¿t easy to murder and lead the men on a merry chase until they come up with a plan to get out of the area. The other two members of Monkeewrench, Sharon¿s wannabe lover, and law enforcement officials seek the trio so they can find out what these men are doing and put a stop to it................... The soldier who are up against the Monkeewrench gang literally believe the words in the Declaration of Independence ¿to provide new guards for their security¿ since the government fails to do so. JT. Tracy makes readers wonder if these soldiers are misguided patriots or the terrorists they want to annihilate. There is a very important political message embedded in this fascinating thriller one the government should heed if it doesn¿t want another revolution to explode on American soil. This refreshing novel stars protagonists trying their best to stop a horrible catastrophe from happening.................. Harriet Klausner