Shoot to Thrill

Shoot to Thrill

The Monkeewrench crew returns in a stunning new thriller.It's eighty-five degrees in the shade when Minneapolis detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth pull into the MPD parking garage. They're driving a tricked-out Caddy, repossessed from a low-level drug dealer. It's not a Beemer or a Mercedes, but it's got GPS, air-conditioning, and power seats with more positions than...

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Title:Shoot to Thrill
Author:P.J. Tracy
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Shoot to Thrill Reviews

  • Katy

    : Read in Dec. 2012

    :

    : Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

    : Adult

    : Fans of the genre, fans of the series

    : Violence, hate crimes (including but not limited to against LGBT people)

    : This is book five in the series, after

    (

    where formatting allowed—please note it does include spoilers, but they have mostly been hidden under spoiler tags), and the first of the books I have not read previously.

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    : Read in Dec. 2012

    :

    : Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

    : Adult

    : Fans of the genre, fans of the series

    : Violence, hate crimes (including but not limited to against LGBT people)

    : This is book five in the series, after

    (

    where formatting allowed—please note it does include spoilers, but they have mostly been hidden under spoiler tags), and the first of the books I have not read previously.

    Maybe it’s foolish to expect things like this not to sneak through, but honestly? G.P. Putnam & Sons should use spellcheck at the very least when they’re editing their books so that things like “dimljy” don’t sneak through, don’t you think? Although I have to give them props later for the proper use of “canvass” where too many people who aren’t aware of the difference use “canvas” to describe police going through a neighborhood to check whether people have noticed anything amiss. Also, that was the only mistake I found in the entire book (first sentence of the second chapter), so I guess I’ll let them off with a warning.

    This book is not a true mystery, in that we know the names of at least a couple of the doers at the outset—so we watch as the good guys try to figure out who they are. But, of course, we don’t know the details, so there are plenty of bits to be learned as we go along. This is another book that deals with issues of people taking justice into their own hands, as well as some of the darker repercussions of the international community that is being created by the World Wide Web. A wonderful book, and I loved it, just like I’ve loved every book in this series. The epilogue almost made me lose my mind, so I’m jumping straight into

    to see if there are any more details, even though I have a short editing job to work on this week. I’ll bet I can get this puppy read in just a few hours if I hurry. Watch for that review!

    : I purchased this book for myself in hardcover shortly after its release. All opinions are my own.

    : It's eighty-five degrees in the shade when Minneapolis detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth pull into the MPD parking garage. They're driving a tricked-out Caddy, repossessed from a low-level drug dealer. It's not a Beemer or a Mercedes, but it's got GPS, air-conditioning, and power seats with more positions than the

    .

    Things are heating up inside the station-house, too. The bomb squad's off to investigate another suspicious package at the mall, and kids are beating the crap out of one another and posting it on YouTube. And before Magozzi and Rolseth can wish for a straight-on homicide, the call comes in: a floater.

    Soon they're humping it along a derelict stretch of the Mississippi River, beyond the green places where families picnic and admire the views. They can see her- she looks like a bride in her white formal gown—face down, dead in the water. And so it begins.

    Across town, Grace McBride's Monkeewrench crew—the computer geeks who, after making a fortune on games, are now helping the cops with anti-crime software—have been recruited by the FBI to investigate a series of murder videos posted on the Web. It's not long before Magozzi, Rolseth, and Monkeewrench discover the frightening link between the unlucky bride and the latest, most horrific use of the Internet to date. Using their skills to scour the Net in search of the perpetrator, the team must race against the clock to stop a killer in his tracks.

  • Phrynne

    I am really enjoying this series with its clever mix of ultra smart computer geeks on one side and the activities of a team of homicide detectives on the other. This one adds a dash of FBI plus numerous unusual murders and the fun begins!

    As with most series the books are best read in order to get the full benefit of the character development. By now we are very comfortable with the ongoing attempts at a relationship between Grace and Leo and the rather odd behaviours of the Monkeewrench team. Th

    I am really enjoying this series with its clever mix of ultra smart computer geeks on one side and the activities of a team of homicide detectives on the other. This one adds a dash of FBI plus numerous unusual murders and the fun begins!

    As with most series the books are best read in order to get the full benefit of the character development. By now we are very comfortable with the ongoing attempts at a relationship between Grace and Leo and the rather odd behaviours of the Monkeewrench team. The authors write effective and often very entertaining dialogue.

    A very satisfying book but then came the epilogue which was way out of left field! I was stunned. What a cliff hanger! I had to go straight to Amazon and order the next book.

  • Matt

    P.J. Tracy continues her wonderful series with a fifth novel that taps into some of the technological aspects of crime in the 21st century. As they still remember their last major case in the middle of a blizzard, Homicide Detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth find themselves in the middle of a Minneapolis heatwave. They are, however, fitted out in a wonderfully air conditioned ride, at least for a time. When they are called to the river to investigate a floater, Magozzi and Rolseth soon learn

    P.J. Tracy continues her wonderful series with a fifth novel that taps into some of the technological aspects of crime in the 21st century. As they still remember their last major case in the middle of a blizzard, Homicide Detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth find themselves in the middle of a Minneapolis heatwave. They are, however, fitted out in a wonderfully air conditioned ride, at least for a time. When they are called to the river to investigate a floater, Magozzi and Rolseth soon learn that they are in for more than they thought, but are assisted by a former judge who’s down on his luck and pining for booze. Meanwhile, members of Monkeewrench have been called to an ‘invite-only’ meeting with the FBI, headed by Special Agent John Smith. It would appear that a number of people have been anonymously posting videos of killings, which is troubling enough. Who is out there, posting snuff films to social media across the country? Working an angle with some of their high-tech software, Monkeewrench discovers that people have been posting cryptic messages about potential killings, all around America. Working not only to crack through the plethora of chat room messages, Grace MacBride and her team try to sift through snuff versus fake murder videos, all while Agent Smith waits idly by to stop this spree of killings. Magozzi soon learns that his own case might have some ties to the social media killings, along with trying to decipher the struggles with his ongoing relationship, which seems to have hit a dry patch. P.J. Tracy proves that this is a series worth the time invested. Series fans will flock to this one, and those new to the party can binge (as I did) with ease to catch up.

    I cannot put into words how much I enjoy P.J. Tracy’s work as I binge my way through this series! The stories continue to scratch an itch that I get when needing something a little lighter to pass the summer months. Magozzi and Rolseth assume their positions as protagonists again, using great banter and strong sleuthing skills to keep the reader hooked from the early chapters. There are some great character development moments for Magozzi, who continues to struggle with Grace MacBride and a potential new woman to keep things spicy. The series reader will know that the Magozzi-MacBride oscillation has been one that is simmering, tension—sexual and otherwise—always present. The entire Monkeewrench crew is present, using their skills to crack the current case open and Tracy shows some development with them, if only peppered throughout the narrative. This novel’s ‘spotlight’ character would surely be FBI Special Agent John Smith, whose beige attitude does not change throughout the investigation. He sticks out against the strong characters found within the narrative and there are some interesting hints about whether he might reappear, but that is for the reader to discover in the novel. Secondary characters offer some interesting perspectives within the novel, as Tracy is able to effectively utilise them to push home key points to drive home a theme throughout the narrative. The narrative flows well and the reader is treated to decent writing that lacks at times within the genre. Moving away from the traditional police procedural, P.J. Tracy entertains the reader with strong storylines, perfect for a vacation or summer binge. I am eager to keep racing through these books and will likely soon catch up to a great Goodreads friend who is bingeing as well.

    Kudos, P.J. Tracy, for another wonderful piece. I am so happy to have found this series and hope to feel more chills throughout this summer reading binge!

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  • ♥Rachel♥

    I love this series!

    Great mystery with great characters. Leo and Gino and the guys at the precinct have a fun back and forth, and the Monkeewrench gang always make me laugh. Grace and Leo continue to make baby steps towards a more solid relationship, kind of a necessity with Grace's background and trust issues.

    Listening to the series. Love Buck Schirner's performance and comedic timing.

  • Mike

    Entertaining whodunnit, with Minneapolis homicide cops and the Monkeewrench guys on one side, with a cadre of internet killers on the other. My favorite hombres in this one were peripheral characters: a former judge, now an infamous local drunk, and a FBI agent working with the core group of computer geeks to find the supersmart criminals.

  • Chibineko

    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.

    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 Minneapoli

    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.

    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.

  • Tracey

    I'm a bit mixed about this one and may come back and change my rating. I liked that the Monkeewrench crew featured more but I just don't think the story was well developed and the suspense was just not there. I am wondering if too many characters have been introduced. I will read the last one as the end is in sight but unless this last one is fantastic I think the series has deteriorated.

  • Tez
  • CD {Boulder Blvd}

    It took me a while to get hooked on this book and then even once I became vested a number of things dampened my reading pleasure.

    One, the Monkeywrench team is just being set up as too miraculous. I've reached a point where their skill set has gotten too over the top to be believable. It's to the point where you don't need anyone but them and their computers.

    Two, Grace who doesn't get close to anyone all of a sudden connects with the new FBI character. Their relationship is not clear and yet they

    It took me a while to get hooked on this book and then even once I became vested a number of things dampened my reading pleasure.

    One, the Monkeywrench team is just being set up as too miraculous. I've reached a point where their skill set has gotten too over the top to be believable. It's to the point where you don't need anyone but them and their computers.

    Two, Grace who doesn't get close to anyone all of a sudden connects with the new FBI character. Their relationship is not clear and yet they get a weird epilogue.

    Three, the Magozzi hooked on a non responding Grace has gone on a couple of books too long. Cut him free as I'm over Grace.

  • Laura Salas

    This was really bad. I've loved the other Monkeewrench novels, but this one was pretty useless. They find one killer, who you kind of feel sorry for. And that's the one whose story you know. Then there's the psycho teacher, who they have no explanation for the two waitresses he terrorized. Then there's the rest of the online killing gang who Monkeewrench tracks down from "an anonymous tip" and gives to the FBI. No explanation. Just people do crap kind of stuff.

    And then the ending is very ambiguo

    This was really bad. I've loved the other Monkeewrench novels, but this one was pretty useless. They find one killer, who you kind of feel sorry for. And that's the one whose story you know. Then there's the psycho teacher, who they have no explanation for the two waitresses he terrorized. Then there's the rest of the online killing gang who Monkeewrench tracks down from "an anonymous tip" and gives to the FBI. No explanation. Just people do crap kind of stuff.

    And then the ending is very ambiguous. Grace is on the boat with John Smith and with Charley, her dog. So did she break it off totally with Magozzi? Or is it a platonic thing with John?

    Very lame. I'm so disappointed.

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