The Sixth Idea
The Monkeewrench crew returns in a twisty, heart-stopping new thriller.
The peaceful Christmas season in Minneapolis is shattered when two friends, Chuck Spencer and Wally Luntz, scheduled to meet in person for the first time, are murdered on the same night, two hours and several miles apart, dramatically concluding winter vacation for homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth.
An hour north of Minneapolis, Lydia Ascher comes home to find two dead men in her basement. When Leo and Gino discover her connection to their current cases, they suspect that she is a target, too. The same day, an elderly, terminally ill man is kidnapped from his home, an Alzheimer’s patient goes missing from his care facility, and a baffling link among all the crimes emerges.
This series of inexplicable events sends the detectives sixty years into the past to search for answers—and straight to Grace MacBride’s Monkeewrench, a group of eccentric computer geniuses who devote their time and resources to helping the cops solve the unsolvable. What they find is an unimaginable horror—a dormant Armageddon that might be activated at any moment unless Grace and her partners Annie, Roadrunner, and Harley Davidson, along with Leo and Gino, can find a way to stop it.
Tracy's entertaining seventh Monkeewrench novel (after 2012's Off the Grid) centers on a top-secret science project in 1957 that involved the eight men who developed the hydrogen bomb. In the present, Minneapolis homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth turn to the Monkeewrench computer experts Grace MacBride, Annie, Roadrunner, and Harley Davidson when the only connection they can find between murder victims Chuck Spencer and Wally Luntz is that Spencer and Luntz are descendants of the eight men. Meanwhile, Lydia Ascher, another descendant, tells Magozzi and Rolseth about a website called the Sixth Idea that Spencer created to locate other descendants. The detectives are flummoxed by a kidnapping and the existence of an assassin who appears to be protecting the descendants. The Monkeewrench gang need all their various skills to track other descendants, protect Lydia, uncover a clever conspiracy, and help end the carnage in this successful mix of detection and thriller. Author tour.