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"With the holiday's over and the long cold winter looming, January can be a bleak month in Minneapolis. So what better way to bring a little cheer to the good people of the city than sponsoring an old-fashioned snowman-building contest? In a matter of hours, a local park is filled with the innocent laughter of children and their frosty creations. But things take an awful turn when the dead bodies of police officers are discovered inside two of the snowmen - sending the entire department and Detectives Magozzi and Rolseth on high alert." The next day, Iris Rikker, the newly minted sheriff of rural Dundas County, comes across another body in another snowman. Fearing that Rikker's inexperience will hamper the investigation, Magozzi and Rolseth head north, in a blizzard, to hunt for clues. As Grace MacBride and her crack computer jocks at Monkeewrench comb the Web for connections, a terrifying link emerges, among the dead cops, Magozzi and Rolseth, and Monkeewrench - a link that must be broken before it's too late.
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Publishers Weekly
At the start of the exciting fourth Monkeewrench thriller (after 2005's Dead Run) from Tracy, the pseudonym of a mother-daughter writing team, two of the series' staples-Minneapolis police detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth-are on hand for a snowman-building contest their department is sponsoring in a local park. The contest turns into a double murder investigation after the frozen bodies of two policemen turn up inside two of the snowmen. Meanwhile, computer expert and ace crime solver Grace MacBride, who has a loving relationship with Magozzi, and the rest of her high-powered Monkeewrench gang are called in for help when a rookie female sheriff in rural Dundas County runs across another murdered cop inside another snowman. Grace and company discover trouble on their Web searches through arcane chat rooms-and also find themselves in danger as the bizarre but believable plot unwinds. A bestseller in the U.K., Tracy could well break out in the U.S. with this entertaining effort. 12-city author tour. (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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On the eve of a big snowman-building charity benefit in Minneapolis, two cops are shot and buried in the park as snowmen. Then another snowman corpse is found in rural Dundas County. Detectives Magozzi and Rolseth travel to Dundas County looking for a killer and a motive, while the computer gang at Monkeewrench seek clues on the Internet. Incorporating their hallmark creativity and innovative plotting, the mother-and-daughter writing team of P.J. and Tracy Lambrecht have written another engaging series title (after Dead Run) populated by a great cast of characters. The authors live in Minnesota and California, respectively. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 6/1/06.] Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
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). Grudgingly partaking in the annual department-sponsored kid's snow festival, Minneapolis detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth happen to be on hand for the shocking discovery of two young cops, dead, their bodies propped up and covered in snow to look like snowmen. The next day, a third, similarly attired body-this one a parole officer-is found in the nearby rural burg of Dundas, pointing toward a serial killer. It being her first day on the job, Dundas County's new sheriff, the sweet-faced former English teacher Iris Rikker, is clearly in over her head, so she looks to the big-city cops for guidance. They eye her skeptically, but the three form an alliance nonetheless. The murder trail splits in multiple directions, ranging from a jailed crime lord nicknamed "the Snowman" to newly released multiple felon (and wife-beater) Kurt Weinbeck. Weinbeck breaks parole and hides out during a winter storm in the drafty barn of the old farmhouse where the divorced Iris lives alone, but escapes before she and laconic Lieutenant Sampson can catch him. Meanwhile, Magozzi, who is conducting a touchingly tentative romance with Grace MacBride, the enigmatic head brain of the Monkeewrench crime-busting tech crew, gets the quirky geeks to search for their own clues on the Internet. Ultimately, it all leads to Bitterroot, a highly secured corporate compound that is revealed to be a safe house for abused women. What happens next points toward a 60-year history of women, alone, casting off the role of victim to lookout for themselves, at any cost. An engaging puzzle with a vigilante twist, the story loses steam near the end as Magozzi and Rolseth realize that solving the case may not be the same thing as serving justice. Gripping and original set-up for the next Monkeewrench volume.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596001343
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 8/3/2006
  • Series: Monkeewrench Series, #4
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

P. J. Tracy is the pseudonym of the mother-daughter writing team of Patricia Lambrecht and Traci Lambrecht. Winners of the Anthony, Barry, Gumshoe, and Minnesota Book awards, they both live outside Minneapolis.
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  • Posted September 29, 2009

    Not enough Monkeewrench involvement to call it a Monkeewrench novel

    This will be the last time I read a Monkeewrench novel. When I read the first book I was so pleased to have a group of tech savvy non detectives that can bring interesting solving skills to the police. Not only that but this group had secrets and quarks that would add to the story. Unfortunately the authors decided that the detectives Magozzi and Gino were more important. Stories of police detectives are not new, usual or even in the case of these two interesting. Snow Blind talked about how men don't talk a lot to get their point across. Well they never met Gino, he complains, he moralizes and he metaphors every point he makes. They keep talking about how bad ass they are then freak at the first snow storm in a city he has lived all his life.
    The women in this novel cower behind walls of security, then turn into killers. In a way that exposes innocent children to the crime. This just doesn't ring true. If you read this for the humor give it 3 stars but if you wanted more monkee's story this is barely a 2.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    A GREAT READ!

    This was a really good and thought provoking read. I disagree with the idea that there was too much cops (Gino and Leo) and not enough Monkeywrench. All the characters are important in this series. The Monkeywrench group did their magic to help assist the cops and the cops followed up well with the information. Interaction with another police department and it's brand new sheriff gave fresh characters to the book. The conflicted ending between the law and actual justice was just great.

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  • Posted June 1, 2009

    Good Story

    The story was good, had a solid premise and a profound social comment, but was a little.....underdone. Could have had a bit more tension or edgy quality.

    Bottom line, I liked it well enough to share it with my family.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

    Terrific

    This book is a must for those who like mystery with a little humor on the side. I emjoyed it tremendously. It was used by my book club

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    AN EXCITING THRILLER WITH LIKEABLE CHARACTERS

    Many will remember voice performer Foster for his deft reading of 'Fantastic, The Life of Arnold Schwarzenegger.' That story was a rich field for an actor, and Foster mined it well, as he easily segued from one characterization to another. The same may be said of 'Snow Blind,' as Foster becomes Detectives Magozzi and Rolseth as they face not just chilling murders but frozen ones. It's Minneapolis it's the dead (literally) of winter, and the idea of a snowman building contest sounded good. Minnesotans are hearty folk and many joined in the fun, filling a park with their icy creations. The fun came to a quick halt when the bodies of very dead policemen are found inside two of the snowmen - a shock for all, the townspeople, the entire police department and Detectives Magozzi and Rolseth. Within 24 hours there's a copycat discovery in Dundas County. Is it a copycat or a serial killer? There's a new sheriff in Dundas, Iris Rikker, and Magozzi with Rolseth quickly head her way despite a raging blizzard. These two detectives are pros they know they need all the help they can get so they call on Grace McBride at Monkeewrench to start searching the web for any hints they can find. P.J. Tracy (a mother/daughter team) has done it again - crafted an exciting thriller filled with likeable (and sometimes very funny) characters. Sit back, listen, and enjoy! - Gail Cooke

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2006

    What happened to all the crazy characters???

    I like the P.J. Tracy series. I have read them all. This one was too different from the others. The two cops are ok characters, but they should take a backseat to the Monkeewrench team. The team represents all exciting, eclectic and wacky people. They made the prior novels a joy to read. Bring them back immediately. The two cops are just too boring and wimpy to be the main characters. Surely, the Monkeewrench Team have more adventures up their sleeves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2006

    Very disappointing

    If you loved the first 3 Monkeewrench books, this one will be a major disappointment. There is very little involving the Monkeewrench team, clever dialogue is sorely missing and the focus on the 2 detectives just doesn't make it. The wittiness and clever twists of previous books is no where evident in the 4th one. Also the tension between Grace and Leo is lukewarm (actually more like MIA) at best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2006

    More Monkeewrench...

    This book kept my interest, but I can't help wondering why we had so much 'cops' and so little of the Monkeewrench gang? They are the life blood of this series and I wish they had more of them in this. Of the series, Dead Run and Monkeewrench are the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2006

    Disappointed

    How the authors related to me. Page 21 of Snow Blind reads as follows: 'I already have hypothermia, so what's the difference?' Gino turned back to his misshapen, pathetic half-snowman that was shedding vast portions of its body with each gust of wind. 'Christ, look at this. This is the worst snowman in the whole contest.' Magozzi took a few steps back and eyeballed it. 'Maybe there's a conceptual-art category. You could enter it as Snowman with Psoriasis.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2006

    An exciting and cleverly constructed police procedural

    Minneapolis homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gina Rolseth are participating in a snow festival. They discover two of their brother officers shot to death inside two of the snowmen. A third Snowman with a murdered body inside is found in Dundas County with the victim is identified as Steve Doyle, a Minneapolis parole officer. His last appointment was with new client Kurt Weinbeck, a repeat violent offender who almost killed his wife.----------------- The address where his spouse lives is in Doyle¿s missing file and police feel Kurt has it and is heading there to kill her. Leo and Gino head up to Dundas County to see if there is any evidence linking Kurt to their two dead officers. They also want to offer Kurt¿s wife police protection but when they arrive at Bitteroot, a heavily fortified secured area that is home and workplace to four hundred women, she turns them down. Each woman living there is armed and all are willing to protect the other. When a fourth man is discovered in a snowman in Pittsburg, they believe they have a copycat killer. As Kurt is making his way to Bitteroot and the investigation by Leo and Gino stalls, the Monkeewrench gang is working their computer magic that sends the two cops back to Bitteroot.--------------- Leo and Gino are the stars of the latest Monkeewrench novel in which the computer hotshots play an important but background role. While DEAD RUN was more of an action thriller, SNOW BLIND is an exciting and cleverly constructed police procedural with the trademark P.J. Tracy humor. This mother-daughter writing team has written a tale that evokes the national conscience with a grim look at one of society¿s ills: spousal abuse.------------ Harriet Klausner

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