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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,118 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. J. Tracy Narrator: Buck Schirner Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Monkeewrench Series Release Date:
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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 seventeen more murder scenarios available online, there are seventeen 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 caught in a web of decades-old secrets that could get them all killed. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] smart thriller…Grace and her four geek partners in the software company they call Monkeewrench add real flavor to the proceedings with their colorful jargon and quirky personalities. These technonerds may be freaks—and one of them may even be a killer—but they have style.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The writing is both assured and seamless…Exceptional character development, dialogue, and lots of local detail make Monkeewrench a winner.”

    Minneapolis Star-Tribune

  • “A fresh and exciting talent…[An] inventive, deftly written, and thoroughly satisfying thriller.”

    San Diego Union-Tribune

  • “In addition to the unusual premise, Tracy has peopled this mystery with likable, colorful characters…Tricky plotting, unique suspects, and believable cops have been cleverly interwoven into a first-rate first novel.”

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

  • “Clever plot twists…[An] impressive first-time thriller.”

    San Jose Mercury News

  • “Stylish, suspenseful, surprisingly funny, and wholly satisfying. Inventive, too. Tracy…deftly juggles several plotlines and a large cast of well-differentiated characters.”

    Orlando Sentinel

  • “Some great characters, clever dialogue, and suspense.”

    Daily Oklahoman

  • “The best first novel I have ever read, an exciting thriller filled with misdirection and secret agendas…A suspense thriller that allows no time-outs.”

    Midwest Book Review

  • “A sizzling thriller…A killer read in every way…with its menacing suspense, snappy dialogue, and techno edge…Thriller fans will go ape.”

    People (Critic’s Choice)

  • “Even the most overly confident reader will be delightfully surprised at the ending.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Written with such skill and polish that you would think it was Tracy’s tenth…The Minneapolis setting of Monkeewrench and the expertly rendered search for a serial killer are reminiscent of the fine work of bestselling author John Sandford, whose fans definitely will want to pick this one up. Tracy represents a strong new voice in the thriller genre. Monkeewrench is clearly positioned atop the ranks of debuts so far this year.”

    USA Today

  • “A soundly plotted thriller that fires on all cylinders…Tracy covers all the bases in this debut thriller: an accelerating, unpredictable plot that combines police procedural with technogeek-speak, an array of well-drawn characters, and, most important, witty repartee.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “[An] entertaining nailbiter…Late-night alert: Don’t settle down with this wacky, supercharged maiden voyage at your bedside till you’ve cleared your schedule for the following morning.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The two teams of detectives—one from the big city and one from the small town but both with their own quirks, love interests, and insights—prove the sparkle in this engaging debut thriller by a mother-daughter writing team who lace their suspense with humor à la Harlan Coben.”


  • “Fast, fresh, funny, and outrageously suspenseful, Monkeewrench is the debut thriller of the year.”

    Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Six Years

  • A 2004 Dilys Award Finalist
  • Winner of the 2004 Anthony Award for Best First Novel
  • Winner of the 2004 Barry Award for Best First Mystery Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jamie | 2/19/2014

    " Barely made it through this book. Was expecting it to be way better, as per the reviews. I had to force myself to finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeannine | 2/18/2014

    " This was a little bit difficult to get into at first with the author going back and forth to two different murders in two different locations I struggled a bit figuring out who was finding what clues. Once they started merging a bit it ws very enthralling and I found myself enjoying it and the characters! I have already started the next book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kristen | 2/17/2014

    " Awesome mystery and characters! Very fun and engaging read; I couldn't wait to finish! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cynthia Rielley | 2/6/2014

    " Loved this. Great characters, quirky, fun read. Thought I knew where it was going, felt so smug then wham, oh I knew that but I didn't know THAT! Can't wait to get into second book "

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