Saturday, September 29, 2018
The Guilty Dead by P.J. Tracy
A year after a junkie is murdered in Hollywood, that death kicks off a crime spree in Minneapolis. Homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth catch the case when the junkie's father dies. Gregory Norwood's death appears, at first glance, to be a suicide, but because the Minnesota businessman and philanthropist died of a single gunshot to the head a year after the death of his son Trey, Magozzi is suspicious, and pushes the crime scene investigators to look further.
While he and Gino focus on Norwood, Magozzi's partner, Grace MacBride, and her Monkeewrench team of computer geniuses are working on a prototype for a new software program that can track terrorist threats. Monkeewrench warns of a local plot, but it's Magozzi who connects the dots to a bomb at the local FBI offices, a building also occupied by Norwood's attorney. Leo also realizes Grace, pregnant with their child, is on site at that same building.
Tracy combines the best qualities of a fast-paced thriller with an intricately plotted police procedural in this intense book. At the same time, fans of the series will welcome the continuing story of the relationship between Leo and Grace. As always, there's a large cast of characters, but those of us who continue to follow the compelling Monkeewrench novels will have no problem following the story.
P.J. Tracy's website is https://pjtracy.com/
The Guilty Dead by P.J. Tracy. Crooked Lane Books, 2018. ISBN 9781683318583 (hardcover), 336p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I received the book to review for a journal.