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  • Taschenbuch: 384 Seiten
  • Verlag: Signet; Auflage: Reprint (3. Mai 2011)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0451413059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451413055
  • Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 18 Jahren
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 11,3 x 2,7 x 17,5 cm
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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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Von love2read am 29. August 2011
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mein lieblingsbuch aus der ganzen serie (während des lesevergnügens)

ich fand die dialoge hier noch witziger, von anfang an;
die handlung wirkt wenig(er)konstruiert als bei manch anderem, obwohl sie sehr ausgeklügelt ist
die schilderung sehr lebendig

ich fand es bei den meisten am anfang etwas schwierig, hineinzukommen, aber wenn der plot erstmal rollt, wird es richtig, richtig spannend

am ende hatte ich hier allerdings den dumpfen nachgeschmack, dass manche randgruppe vielleicht doch "zu recht bestraft wurde" und dass man dadurch vorurteile, von denen man sich am anfang frei zeigte, doch zementiert (und vielleicht auch manch konservativen lesergeschmack befriedigt). das hat mich im nachhinein etwas verärgert, kann aber subjektives empfinden
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zwei Titel aber das gleich Buch... wie auch immer.
Ein echter PJ Tracy halt... ich habs wie immer verschlungen. Das Ende war nicht ganz meins... aber naja ich will euch ja nicht zu verraten.
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0 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Tara am 20. August 2010
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Als großer Fan der Monkeewrench Reihe, war ich von diesem Buch doch enttäuscht. Der Kick hat gefahlt, das Plot nicht so ausgereift wie man es gewohnt war. Schade, aber das passiert leider oft, wenn man nicht aufhören kann, solange es noch toll ist.
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Worth the wait 25. März 2010
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I've read all the previous books in this series, and I remembered that I had enjoyed them, although not much else. Within a few minutes of picking up this book, though, it all came back to me. The writing is good -- tight and clever without being over-the-top. But mostly, it's the characters -- the four cyber-geniuses of Monkeewrench, the Minneapolis-based software company that seems to have become problem-solver-in-chief for the nation's bureaucratized law enforcement; their friends and co-workers in the Minneapolis Police Department; and just about anybody else who wanders into the pages of the book: they are compelling and likeable people. Even victims who get only a few paragraphs are transformed into people you care about. It's a gift.

The computer aspects of the book are handled beautifully. In contrast to other stories that include hackers, the technology is not so overblown that it was clearly modelled after a Heinlein novel rather than anything remotely achievable any time soon. On the other hand, it is also not so oversimplified that you're wondering why you didn't just do this from your laptop at home, let alone why all these Important Law Officers are impressed by it. It is darned hard to talk about the technical stuff without getting carried away by it and some fine series have lost audience because of that, but this team balances it all very nicely.

A lot of books published lately have been ending lately with somebody dying, and it makes me cry. But sometimes I'll cry when a book ends just because the book ended, and I'm sorry to see it end. I cried at the end of this book.

Oh, and the portrayal of the upper Midwest... delightfully accurate.
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A Good Entry in a Great Series 26. März 2010
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Title Shoot to Thrill (A Monkeewrench Novel)
Author P. J. Tracy
Rating ****1/2
Tags mystery, series, monkeewrench, computers, software, fbi, hackers, crackers

Life Is Good. FINALLY a new P.J. Tracy in the Monkeewrench series after far too long, and next up in my stack of books are the final two in Stieg Larsson's trilogy that started with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. My bliss would be complete if Edward Wright would come out with another John Ray Horn novel.

This is the fifth in the series about a firm of software engineers. The company is called Monkeewrench. All of the team are brilliant, capable, and damaged, none more so than Grace MacBride, the main character, who has been through levels of trauma that seem unsurvivable. She lives carefully, and works with the people who are essentially her family, and sometimes with Minneapolis detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth. Magozzi loves Grace, and she lets him get as close to her as she can let anyone.

The FBI finds that there are five videos on the internet that are of genuine murders. Agent John Smith, nearing retirement, comes to Minneapolis to hire Monkeewrench and other computer crackers to find who is posting the videos so they can catch the murderer or murderers. Magozzi and Rolseth get involved when a sixth murder happens in their jurisdiction. Someone leaks the story, and the code that identifies that a new murder video will be posted becomes the next viral Internet meme, greatly hampering the investigation.

It is a good book, though not my favorite in the series. I did really like the new character of Agent Smith. And I appreciate that the global level of communications brings new dangers along with great benefits, though I think the authors (a mother-daughter team who use the pseudonym P.J. Tracy) come close to getting preachy about it. Read the whole series, it is well worth it.

Publication Putnam Adult (2010), Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date 2010
ISBN 0399155201 / 9780399155208
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Thrilling 5th installment in the Monkeewrench series 24. März 2010
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Shoot to Thrill is the fifth book in a series featuring the very successful software company Monkeewrench, its eccentric owners, and the Minneapolis police department. I have been a fan of the series since the beginning, and this latest installment shows the writing team P.J. Tracy at their best!

The foundation of Shoot to Thrill is the dark side of what people can do with the Internet and social networking sites. Almost everyone is aware that pornography, violence, and scams are rampant on the Internet, but evil is taken up a step when people begin filming murders and anonymously posting them online.

Once the FBI and Minneapolis Police Department realize that this may be a chain of murders committed by a serial killer or a connected group, they reach out to a group of computer hackers who have the skills and ability to explore some avenues forbidden by law to the enforcement agencies. This brings Monkeewrench into the story, which is tasked with creating an algorithm to identify real versus fake murder videos. Monkeewrench, of course, has capabilities beyond this, and is soon technically deep into the investigation.

The owners of Monkeewrench have worked with the Minneapolis police department before, including Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth, who are assigned to this case. An FBI is sent from Washington, and due to the sensitive nature of the information involved, works out of the Monkeewrench offices, leading to believable scenarios where all the characters interact.

The personal lives of the characters run in parallel to the investigation, adding layers to the overall story. Leo Magozzi is having a romantic yet distant relationship with Grace, one of the owners of Monkeewrench. Grace is beginning to feel restricted by the necessity to keep everyone at arm's length for her, and their protection. The FBI agent is having a mid-life crisis, and a dishonored judge is creating trouble on the fringes of the investigation. Along with these more dramatic situations, details of everyday life--Rolseth's happy marriage, Internet dating by another police officer, a change in attire by one of the Monkeewrench owners create a contrast between evil and ordinary.

Shoot to Thrill grabs and holds the reader's attention with a chilling mystery, fast action, and a wealth of characters and situations that personalize the story and make it easy to believe this could happen anywhere. I highly recommend this book to fans of mystery, police, or thrillers, as well as fans of P.J. Tracy.
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Disappointed 26. August 2010
Von Cheryl A. Reynolds - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This review refers to the audio version.

#5 "Monkeewrench" mystery set in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, and featuring MPD homicide detectives Rolseth and Magozzi and the Monkeewrench computer team. Monkeewrench--a very computer saavy bunch who operate somewhat outside the law for the greater good--has been asked by the FBI to assist in tracking down a killer or killers who are posting video of their kills on the web. Their own crack squad can't find anything, so they aren't above seeking outside help when needed.

So far, five victims in five cities killed in five different ways make them believe the murders are being committed by different people and are only related by the complex web of secret servers and routing methods that hide their real identity. But when Rolseth and Magozzi get called out to a body found in the Mississippi River (which first appears to be a drunken drag queen who fell in the river and drowned) that ends up as the sixth case, they begin working with Monkeewrench (Grace, Harley, Annie and RoadRunner) and FBI agent John Smith, who has been assigned to the case from Washington. Is there a connection between the murders? Of course there is.

I have to admit that I was disappointed in this latest book in one of my favorite mystery series. It started out strong but kind of fizzled out after awhile when the bad guy became rather obvious (at least to me) and there was a lot of ranting from various people (but especially Rolseth) about the evils of the Internet.

I also have to admit I wasn't crazy about the narrator for this book. His female voices sounded very fake, there wasn't much differentiation between some of the male voices, and none of the characters sounded even remotely like they were from Minnesota.

I have enjoyed the previous books in the series quite a lot, but perhaps in part because I'd been waiting so long for this installment in the series, I felt let down by the cobbled-together plot and the mediocre narration. It was good to visit with old friends, though.
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An enjoyable read, but... 7. April 2010
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Don't get me wrong. I loved this book. Not only is it another P.J. Tracy book, but this one features the Monkeewrench crew more heavily in this book than the previous book (Snow Blind). It's just that this book had one or two things I'm just not entirely sure about. (Unfortunately I can't elaborate on them in this review without doing spoilers. So I posted them in the comments section of this review.)

This volume of the Monkeewrench series focuses on killers who are videotaping their murderous exploits. The FBI is at a loss as they appeal to various internet geniuses (including the Monkeewrench crew) for assistance. The Minneapolis police become involved after one of the latest killings happens right in their backyard. The FBI send in agent John Smith to work along side the Monkeewrench crew as the threat of more videotaped murders escalate.

I loved the idea of murderers videotaping their kills & having the Monkeewrench team track them down. It really hasn't been done all that much, all things considering. I also loved that we get more of the Monkeewrench crew in this book. Not that I don't love Gino & Magozzi, but the Monkeewrench team really are the bright points of the series. The pacing for the murders is nice & I really found myself getting caught up in the whodunnit.

There's just a few things that didn't sit right with me. From the very beginning of the series it's been said over & over again that the Monkeewrench crew isn't comfortable with the FBI or any government agency. However, when John Smith comes into their lives & literally spends every waking hour in their homes, they greet him with nearly open arms. I know that their position towards the government has softened somewhat from the beginning of the series, but this was a little far fetched. Not by much, but enough that I just didn't really find their interactions all that believable. Then there's Smith's interactions with Grace. There is some sort of weird chemistry between the two of them, but of what type it really isn't clear. Plus she seems to open up to him a little too fast as well- it just seemed sort of out of character for her & I didn't really see enough interaction between the two of them to justify such a connection.

Overall though, I really enjoyed this book & I'm glad that P.J. Tracy has put out another book. I just have to warn people- if you haven't read any of the previous books in the series then you are going to be lost as far as character development goes. The basic plot can be read as a standalone, but there's not a lot of rehashing of character development & there's a few things mentioned to that extent that relies on you having read the previous books in the series.

3.8/5
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