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Haunted by a series of horrifying and violent episodes in their past, Grace McBride and the oddball crew of her software company, Monkeewrench, create a computer game where the killer is always caught, where the good guys always win. But their game becomes a nightmare when someone starts duplicating the fictional murders in real life, down to the last detail. By the time the police realize what's happening, three people are dead, and with 17 more murder scenarios available online, there are 17 more potential victims. While the authorities scramble to find the killer in a city paralyzed by fear, the Monkeewrench staff are playing their own game, analyzing victim profiles in a frantic attempt to discover the murderer's next target.
In a thriller populated by characters both hilarious and heartbreaking, a rural Wisconsin sheriff, two Minneapolis police detectives, and Grace's gang are all caught in a web of decades-old secrets that could get them all killed.
©2004 P. J. Tracy (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Jane on 02-11-12

It’s not bad, but I had some problems with it.

It’s interesting enough to pass the time if you like murder mysteries. This book was recommended to me by a minister’s wife. There are a few religious symbols and ideas which I suspect delighted her. Although I am surprised that she didn’t complain about the volume of vulgar and religious swear words.

This is a long and complicated process of slowly uncovering clues about a killer. It kept my interest. There’s a curiosity urgency of when are you going to call this guy, or when are you going to figure this out. There is no suspense other than during the final climactic scene with the killer.

There wasn’t much police work or evidence. It was mostly conversation and speculation. And then in the ending climax, the killer explains everything in a ten minute monologue. I would have preferred learning motivations and evidence along the way rather than have the killer tell all at the end. I also would have preferred some cool police work or investigating.

I was annoyed with three stupidities during the ending climax. A cop did something stupid. The good guys were stupid to split up. And then a good guy did something stupid. It’s the kind of thing that’s typical and overdone. It reminded me of made-for-TV-movies. I would have preferred something different - unusual - unexpected.

I would have liked more showing of how the killer lured victims, talked to them, killed them, and then got away - especially the one in the store. I had a hard time figuring out how the killer could do what was done without a store clerk seeing something suspicious.

Straight mysteries are not my first choice in reading. But I enjoy them if there is something special, unique, or fun. This did not hit me that way.

I have never loved a book that was written by two people. But I try to be open to it. This book was written by a mother and daughter team.

Genre: murder mystery. Ending: reasonably happy.

I’m sorry but I did not like the narrator’s accent. I’m used to and prefer generic TV anchor speak. The narrator Buck Schirner used a long e sound instead of a short i. For example: detecteev, talkateev, collecteev, Wednesdeey, hees (his), heem (him).

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mystery Addict on 11-30-11


Excellent listen. My first experience with this author. Good police procedural that did not get bogged down with too many details. Good character development. Lots of plot twists without getting to confusing. I suppose ending was predictable (aren't they all) but just off center enough that I did not guess it completely. Would not have known the gender(s) of the authors if I had not been told. Only my second experience with this narrator and he did an excellent job this time.(my first was more forgettable) Will definitely add the sequel to my wish list.

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