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Cold Kill: Monkeewrench Book 7 (original 2016; edition 1772)

by P. J. Tracy (Author)

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Title:Cold Kill: Monkeewrench Book 7
Authors:P. J. Tracy (Author)
Info:Penguin (1772)
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Tags:en, 2016, thriller, conspiracy, nuclear bomb, government conspiracy, monkeewrench

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The Sixth Idea by P. J. Tracy (2016)

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Strangers meet on a plane and discover a very unusual connection. Lydia Ascher and Chuck Spencer discover that they are connected via a World War II science project around the invention of the hydrogen bomb. Chuck is in town to meet another man who has the same connection to that science project but Wally is killed and his house destroyed by fire before they can meet. Chuck is murdered outside his hotel in what looks at first like a simple mugging. Magozzi and Gino are pulled away from their winter vacation to investigate both crimes. They also find themselves investigating the kidnapping of a man is the end stages of ALS who is kidnapped from his home.

As they investigate they learn that the man with ALS was also part of that long-ago science project. Someone clearly wants to kill anyone with even the faintest connection to the project and Magozzi, Gino, and the Monkeewrench gang have to find out why.

When Lydia returns home to find two dead bodies in her house, Magozzi and Gino are sure that she is also connected. And she is. She has inherited a pulp paperback from her mother which was given to her by her father just before he died in a plane crash some sixty years ago. While all the other victims have had all their papers and computer stolen, Lydia's book escapes the sweep.

Meanwhile, the Monkeewrench gang which consists of Grace and Harley this time since Annie and Roadrunner are out east conducting a series of sales calls to get new contracts for the business, are trying to gather information and restore a deleted website created by Chuck so that they can figure out what is going on.

This was another fast-paced twisty episode in the long-running and engaging Monkeewrench series. I couldn't put it down. ( )
  kmartin802 | May 18, 2019 |
Magozzi and Gino pull a murder case at the Chatham Hotel, the victim Charles Spencer, is found dead behind the hotel with a bullet in his head. He had called 911 just before he died saying someone was trying to kill him. As they begin the investigation, they learn Charles Spencer had just lost a friend in a gas explosion in south Minneapolis earlier that evening, an explosion that was rigged and Wally Luntz had actually died of a bullet to the head the same as Spencer. The next day Magozzi and Gino meet Lydia Ascher who gives him a potential connection.

A photograph of eight men standing next to a prop plane with President Eisenhower, the eight men were the scientists who developed the hydrogen bomb,

Chuck Spencer and Wally Luntz were children of two of these men, Lydia’s grandfather was also in the photo. Why are these descendant’s dead? Magozzi takes the info for Monkeewrench to mine by “tne Beast”, as other deaths are pinpointed Lydia calls telling Magozzi there are two dead men in her basement.

A thriller, a Monkeewrench mystery. Follow with Magozzi as they try to put the pieces together to understand these murders. I particularly enjoyed the ending. ( )
  Bettesbooks | May 12, 2019 |
This one was too much of a stretch for me - parts of it read like science fiction, there were too many characters all trying to kill each other, and the ending was unbelievable and melodramatic. ( )
  pgchuis | Jul 2, 2018 |
Lots of twisty action in this installment in the Monkeewrench series. A small group of men worked on the development of the H-bomb in the 1950s. Now, decades later, it appears that even being a descendant of these men marks you for death. A chance meeting on a plane between two strangers who discover they have a common history soon leads to the murder of one and the attempted murder of the other. Detectives Gino and Leo seek the help of the Monkeewrench gang when normal channels keep turning up unusual connections between more murder victims. Fast-paced and exciting, much of the enjoyment of this series comes from the interaction of the main characters. Though part of a series, this thriller can certainly be read as a stand-alone. ( )
  Maydacat | Jun 9, 2018 |
Review originally published on my blog, Musings of a Bookish Kitty:
http://www.literaryfeline.com/2016/09/mini-reviews-sixth-idea-by-pj-tracy.html

The Sixth Idea (Monkeewrench, #7) by P.J. Tracy (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2016; 320 pgs)

E-copy provided by publisher via The First Reads Program for an honest review.

The Sixth Idea is the 7th book in mother/daughter writing team P.J. Tracy's Monkeewrench mystery series. While it can be it can be read as a stand alone, I think it's best going into this one with some knowledge of the main characters and their backgrounds which can be found in previous books. I had only read the first four books in the series before jumping into this one, so I have a bit of catching up to do. The Monkeewrench books are such fun, especially if you can suspend your disbelief, and this one was no different. Murder, a sixty year old secret, and a conspiracy to destroy the lives of many are keeping two determined detectives along with the computer geniuses who call themselves Monkeewrench very busy over the Christmas holidays. While the plot line isn't entirely original, with a few too many coincidences that it's best not to question, this was a page turner, and I enjoyed catching up with some of my favorite series' characters. This one offered some of both.
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  LiteraryFeline | Nov 25, 2017 |
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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.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.a dormant Armageddon that might be activated at any moment.
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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.

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"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"--… (more)

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