Live Bait (A Monkeewrench Novel)
Minneapolis detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are bored-the Twin Cities have been in a murder-free dry spell. But when elderly Morey Gilbert is found dead, the crime drought ends. And the detectives are ready for some help-from Grace McBride and her offbeat crew at a little software company called Monkeewrench.
The mother-daughter mystery writing team known as P.J. Tracy produces another winner with this follow-up to 2003's lively Monkeewrench. After several homicide-free months in their hometown of St. Paul, wisecracking police detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are back in action when elderly-and much beloved-gardener Morey Gilbert is found face up near his greenhouse with a bullet hole in his head. At first, the prime murder suspects are family members: Gilbert's estranged son, Jack, a slick personal injury lawyer, and Gilbert's dry-eyed widow, Lily, who discovered the corpse-and moved it before the police arrived. When three more slayings follow, Magozzi and Rolseth discern disturbing common threads: each of the victims is over 80 and-except for Arlen Fisher, shot in the arm and dragged onto the train tracks to face his doom-Jewish survivors of Nazi concentration camps. Critical clues, including a gun traced to murders around the globe, surface as straitlaced detectives Aaron Langer and Johnny McLaren join the more offbeat Magozzi and Rolseth on the case. Tracy serves up punchy prose and quirky characters, from a sartorially challenged police chief to a plump, shrewd crime tech named Grimm. Romance for bachelor Magozzi arrives in the form of Grace MacBride, a comely computer whiz whose sophisticated software program, FLEE, has helped crack countless cases. The courtship moves slowly despite undeniable sparks; MacBride is still haunted by Monkeewrench-the deadly case that first brought the two together and continues to hover like a cloud of doom. With her stash of high-tech research tools, including special face recognition software, MacBride delivers revelations about both victims and perpetrator, leading Magozzi and Rolseth toward the case's spine-chilling resolution. With generous doses of humor and suspense, this sharp, satisfying thriller will rivet readers from the start. Agent, Ellen Geiger. Author tour. (May 3) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Author: Tracy, P. J..
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
- Pages: 400
- Publication Date: 2005
- Edition: Reissue
- Binding: Mass Market Paperback
- MSRP: 7.99
- ISBN13: 9780451214638
- ISBN: 0451214633
- Other ISBN: 9781101642573
- Other ISBN Binding: print
- Language: en
- Quality Rating: 1
- "Book cover image may be different than what appears on the actual book."