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Snow Blind (Monkeewrench Series #4)
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Snow Blind (Monkeewrench Series #4)

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by P. J. Tracy

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When the corpses of three police officers are discovered entombed in snowmen, Grace MacBride and her team of crime-busting computer jocks at the Monkeewrench firm are called in to assist. What they discover is a terrifying link among the victims that reaches beyond the badge and crosses the line between hard justice and stone cold vengeance.


When the corpses of three police officers are discovered entombed in snowmen, Grace MacBride and her team of crime-busting computer jocks at the Monkeewrench firm are called in to assist. What they discover is a terrifying link among the victims that reaches beyond the badge and crosses the line between hard justice and stone cold vengeance.

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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.
Library Journal
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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Penguin Publishing Group
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Monkeewrench Series , #4
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6.74(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.05(d)
Age Range:
18 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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Snow Blind (Monkeewrench Series #4) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
zarea More than 1 year ago
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.
Refill 12 months ago
Much like the previous novel in the "Monkeewrench" series, "Snow Blind" has a good start and keeps the tension going throughout. One thing differently, though, is the reveal of a villain very early on (in that way it reminds me of the 1944 film "Double Indemnity"). Can the tension remain when you know who a killer is? Absolutely, and it doesn't give away the rest of the surprises. Though not quite as suspenseful and engrossing as the predecessor novel, it's obvious that the mother-daughter team known collectively as P.J. Tracy has become much better at effective suspense writing. This is helped with the introduction of interesting character Iris Rikker, a new sheriff who has to learn her job quickly as she is immediately thrown into a homicide investigation. With this novel, an obvious element is the moral question. Should it have been done? Was it for the greater good? Good questions to ask, and I personally don't know where I stand. That's good to have a novel make you question what you would do and what you believe is right. Keep it up, P.J. Tracy, you have another winner here, and it's one I hope people get to see. 4 stars out of 5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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MamaMitchell More than 1 year ago
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.
mkbrsm More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.