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Shoot to Thrill (Monkeewrench #5)

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,964 Ratings  ·  333 Reviews
It begins with a floater.
When Minneapolis homicide cops Rolseth and Magozzi are called to a derelict stretch of the Mississippi River, they see a bride, facedown, dead in the water. And when the Monkeewrench crew – computer geeks who made a fortune on games, now assisting the cops with special anticrime software – are invited by the FBI to investigate a series of murder vi
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Published (first published January 1st 2010)
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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
Dec 06, 2013 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of genres, series
Please note: Read in Dec. 2012

Book Info: Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of the genre, fans of the series
Trigger Warnings: Violence, hate crimes (including but not limited to against LGBT people)

My Thoughts: This is book five in the series, after Snow Blind (review here 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 foo
Jul 04, 2015 Tracey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 21, 2010 Lighthearted rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
Monkeewrench is back, baby! Monkeewrench is a haunted, eccentric, close-knit team of computer geniuses who’ve turned their skills from creating computer games to developing anticrime software. Harley Davidson, Roadrunner, Annie and Grace must a) crack the code killers are using to communicate online b) create software which will separate staged murders from the real thing and c) trace the online snuff films to the killers. Minneapolis homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are along fo ...more
This review applies to the audio version.

#5 "Monkeewrench" mystery set in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, and featuring MPD homicide detectives Rolseth and Magozzi and the Monkeewrench computer team. Monkeewrench--a very computer saavy bunch who operate somewhat outside the law for the greater good--has been asked by the FBI to assist in tracking down a killer or killers who are posting video of their kills on the web. Their own crack squad can't find anything, so they aren't above seeking outsi
May 23, 2010 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Shelf Awareness for the ARC of this title. It's been awhile since mother/daughter writing team PJ Tracy came out with a new entry in their popular Monkeewrench series. The latest, Shoot to Thrill, should provide plenty of enjoyment for new and established fans. Leo and Gino, the two seasoned Minneapolis detectives, are back in fine form - squabbling like an old married couple while they tackle what at first appears to be a single homicide only to find it's one in a series of sick ye ...more
Jun 12, 2010 S.D. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Another in the great Monkeewrench Series. This time murders are being telecast over the Internet throughout the U.S. The FBI enlists the aid of hackers in order to track down who is doing the killing. They also are looking for a software program that can distinguish between staged deaths and the real thing. Enter Grace and her band of computer geeks. Meanwhile the hilarious team of Margozzi and Rolseth have their hands full with a bride found floating in the river. They soon discover the bride i ...more
Lynne Perednia
Apr 18, 2010 Lynne Perednia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The wait for a new Monkeewrench novel is over. At last. And it was worth it.

The FBI has asked the brilliant Monkeewrench gang for help with a new twist in cyber crime. Film of murders -- real murders in progress -- are being posted on the Internet. There is bragging in
advance. Even finding the bodies and tying the crimes together is a challenge.

With evil this audacious, the Monkeewrenchers can't resist the challenge. Even if it means allowing an FBI liasion into their HQ. Special Agent John Sm
Jul 13, 2015 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Monkeewrench crew shows what they are made of in the one. They do what they are good at and I found it fun to read. I really enjoy the different personalities of all the characters. My rating was a solid 4 stars up until the end. The ending bumped it up to 5. I figured out who the "bad" guy was before the end, but the why was still up in the air. The action at the end was intense (at least for me) and I had a hard time putting it down. It moved quickly and smoothly. The relationship between ...more
Dec 18, 2014 Eadie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very enjoyable read with interesting characters. The story was fast-paced with a twist at the end I did not see coming. I highly recommend this series as it is very entertaining. Look forward to the next book in the series.
Laura Salas
Apr 11, 2011 Laura Salas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, mystery
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
While I liked this book, I didn't like it as much as the others. I think that is because the Monkeewrench crew weren't at the focus of the main story this time around it was the police. I do love the 2 officers Leo and Gino, but missed the craziness of the main bunch.

There was so much going on with the one, it seemed like every time they solved one crime there was another one popping up and they weren't really related other than through Monkeewrench.

I liked the FBI guy John, he very much change
Oct 14, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another thrilling, well-written installment in the Monkeewrench series. I hope Agent Smith makes an appearance in the next one!
Mindy Sorensen
May 04, 2010 Mindy Sorensen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so freakin cool! I loved how the author was really up to date with everything, and I really thought that it was all really clever. It was really cool how they found videos on Youtube and other sites that are used today, it made it really suspenseful! It made the book really exciting! I had no idea who the murderer was and it made me want to keep reading! I wasn't bored once in this book! This is one I am going to read over and over again, and I am gonna tell all my friends to get ...more
Jan 19, 2016 Olivermagnus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The FBI sends liaison, John Smith, to work with the Monkeewrench crew, a group of programming geniuses who use their skills to help stop criminals. John Smith is six months from a mandatory retirement. He's lived a life as anonymous and bland as his name, connecting to no one and nothing except for his work. After 30 years of service, he suddenly finds himself in charge of an investigation into a series of video clips posted online which appear to depict actual murders.

Despite having determined
Nov 19, 2014 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shoot t0 Thrill

I started reading the Monkeewrench series by the mother/daughter team known as P.J. Tracy in 2003 before I started my reading blog. Since then, I've read everything the library has to offer. Shoot to Thrill is the fifth in the series.

The computer software team of Grace McBride, Fat Annie, Harley, and Roadrunner have used their skills to break the law in the past, but only in the interest of justice. This time the team is working with John Smith, an FBI agent on his last case, try
Rosario (
With sophisticated special effects now so widely available, it can be hard to distinguish whether a death scene on film is staged or a real murder. Being aware of the real-life crime scenes, however, the cops have managed to determine that several videos posted online are of real crimes. It's not easy to make that distinction, though, so FBI Special Agent John Smith is sent to work with the Monkeewrench crew, to see if their clever software can find a way to identify the other real videos the FB ...more
Mar 12, 2014 Sandie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A new type of murder is occurring in Minnesota. Someone is planning murders, advertising them on the Internet, then making movies of the murder and posting those. The Minneapolis police get involved when a transvestite dressed as a bride is drowned in the river, and the photo footage of the crime is found on the net. As they investigate, they find other cases in many different locations. The majority seem to have a Minnesota connection, so the investigation is centered there.

Several groups are
At long last, a new crime novel featuring those intrepid computer wizards of Monkeewrench. This time the FBI is asking for their help in trying to trace real murders that are being posted on the internet. The local cops get involved when the next murder takes place in their fair city of Minneapolis.
The mother-daughter team that is P.J. Tracy is in fine form in this one, with lots of gritty crime, good dialogue and a very clever mystery (or three). And watch out for the ending!
Georgiann Hennelly
A group of computer wizards called Monkey Wrench is asked to help along with the police to colloborate with the FBI in tracking down computer criminals who seem to be photographing real murders and than putting them on the web. More terrerfyiing they advertise ahead of time by posting the name of the victim and somne cryptic info about where the murder will take place. There is also another computer hoax by teenagers going on as well. A very interesting read.
May 15, 2013 Slithy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun read with some snappy lines. Great characters although some are a tad over the top. Some quibbles: it wasn't a total surprise who the character is setting the plot in motion; plus, the part where there's a post online about one of the murders days before it actually takes place does he know what the victim is going to be wearing? But, all in all, big fun; I enjoyed it.
Oct 05, 2011 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It feels like aeons since the last Monkeewrench novel so it was wonderful to revisit old 'friends'. This novel sees the Minneapolis detectives and the Monkeewrench hackers teaming up with the FBI to investigate a series of murders that are then posted on the web. Gripping and entertaining with a what the.... surprise ending.
Joanne Nock
Oct 01, 2014 Joanne Nock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes an absolute gem just falls into your lap, & this was one of them. I picked this up in a hotel reception whilst waiting to leave and it's the best detective book I've read in years.
The plot is that multiple murders are carried out, all pre-posted on the internet prior to occurring. FBI and police are all struggling, so they team up with the elite cyber team at Monkeywrench, who don't always operate within the law.
The characters are wonderful, all deeply thought out and charismat
Aug 27, 2010 Karan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved ALL the Monkeywrench mystery books. This one was really good. Looking for geeky super sluths. . . this is the one for you!
judy  dewall
Mar 15, 2015 judy dewall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second time I have read this book. Always enjoyed this series about the Monkeewrench gang who write computer programs for games, learning devices, and programs that help police solve crimes. this deals with killings forcast before hand and then commented and put on the web. P.J. Tracy are a mother/daughter team writings these books which are six in the series. I am hoping there is a 7th book in the making because I would like to know what happens between Leo and Grace! If you want to ...more
Sep 11, 2015 Sabine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eine Wasserleiche treibt im Mississippi - eine Leiche im Brautkleid. Erst sieht alles für Leo Magozzi und Gino Rolseth nach einem Unfall aus, doch dann taucht im Internet ein Video auf in dem gezeigt wird, wie die Braut im Fluss ertränkt wird. Zur gleichen Zeit hat das Monkeewrench-Team Besuch von Agent John Smith vom FBI, der sich mit den zunehmenden Gewaltvideos im Internet beschäftigt. Das Team soll eine Software entwickeln die es ermöglicht, gestellte Morde im Internet von den echten zu unte ...more
Aug 12, 2010 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 52-in-2010
Shoot to Thrill by P.J. Tracy (pp. 320)

A rash of scattered FBI cases involving anonymous Internet postings of thrill kills is brought to the super-hacking Monkeewrench team and the attention of the local Minneapolis Police Department.

The mother-daughter team behind the pseudonym, P.J. Tracy are consistently great at what they do and continue to get better with each offering – now with their fifth installment of the Monkeewrench series. They have created fun and unique characters with robust per
Kara Jorges
As a Minneapolis resident, it’s a lot of fun to read books set in my city. The authors also do a fine job of name-dropping of local points of interest, though I don’t think they’ve ever been inside City Hall. No mention of the Father of Waters statue? The one thing that seems out of place in these books is that the summers here are always stiflingly hot, and, while it has happened, we haven’t really had one in years. In fact, in 2009, it felt like we barely had a summer at all.

This time out, th
Tara Gelsomino
This mother/daughter writing team penned a thriller called Monkeewrench about...probably ten years ago now?...a team of oddball computer hackers including the fabulously bodacious Fat Annie, opera-loivng leather-clad Harley Davidson, lyrcra-clad biker Roadrunner and the incredibly fierce/damaged Grace Macbride. (Grace was highly traumatized by some crazy crazy things in her past and she wears knee-high reinforced riding boots so no one can slash her Achilles tendon and is always armed to the tee ...more
Apr 03, 2011 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the first "Monkeewrench" book I have read. It's a pretty standard though engaging crime series but probably would wear thin after reading a couple of them. It has the standard cast of characters for this type of light crime fiction - think John Sandford, James Patterson, Harlan Coben, etc. The twist here is that it utilizes a crew of professional computer hackers to help the Minneapolis Police solve crimes. In this case, a series of murder videos are being posted on the Web and the Monke ...more
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PJ Tracy is the pseudonym of mother-daughter writing duo P.J. and Traci Lambrecht, winners of the Anthony, Barry, Gumshoe, and Minnesota Book Awards. Their first three novels, MONKEEWRENCH, LIVE BAIT and DEAD RUN, have become national and international bestsellers.

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