The Monkeewrench crew returns to face the city of Minneapolis’s worst nightmare—a rampant serial killer on the loose—in this electrifying thriller from the author of The Sixth Idea.
When Minneapolis homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are called to a crime scene in a heavily wooded city park, everything about the setting is all too familiar. And when they discover a playing card on the victim's body, their worst fears are confirmed—there’s a serial killer operating in the city for the first time in years.
Across town, Grace MacBride and her unconventional partners at Monkeewrench Software find themselves at both personal and career crossroads. Weary of the darker side of their computer work for law enforcement, they agree to take on a private missing-persons case in a small farming community in southwestern Minnesota.
As the violence accelerates in Minneapolis, Magozzi and Gino soon realize their killer is planning to complete the deck, and they enlist Monkeewrench to help stop the rampage. As a baffling tangle of evidence accumulates, the cops and Monkeewrench make the unlikely connections among a farmer’s missing daughter, a serial killer, and a decades-old stabbing that brings them face-to-face with pure evil.
In Tracy's enjoyable eighth Monkeewrench novel (after 2016's The Sixth Idea), the members of Grace MacBride's tech-savvy gang at Monkeewrench, a software game company, join forces with Minneapolis homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth. Grace's team of outsized personalities Harley Davidson, Annie Belinsky, and Roadrunner travel to little Buttonwillow, Minn., to help Walt Gustafson find his missing daughter, Marla, who stopped her car one night to remove a large bag blocking the road. They also provide their services to Leo, Grace's lover, and Gino, who are seeking a killer who leaves a playing card on the body of each of his victims. The two investigations collide when it appears that the same killer may be involved in both: forensic clues in Marla's case point toward a Mexican cartel member, as does a DNA analysis in the police case. Complications include an escaped lion and ambitious reporter Amanda White's pursuit of a story that leads her into danger. Tracy's easy style keeps the action moving nicely to the satisfying conclusion.