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Live Bait by P. J. Tracy

Live Bait (2004)

by P. J. Tracy

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Minneapolis homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are dealing with cold cases because there hasn't been a murder in the Twin Cities in several months, when the murder drought suddenly ends. Lily Gilbert finds her husband Morey, the 85-year-old owner of a plant nursery, dead and lying face up in the rain near his greenhouse. Not only that, another pair of homicide detectives, Aaron Langer and Johnny MacLaren, are investigating the murder of 89-year-old Arlen Fischer whose body is later found on the railroad tracks. Eventually two more senior citizens are killed and the only apparent connection among the four is their age.

Magozzi has been seeing Grace MacBride, one of the principals of the software firm known as Monkeewrench. Grace and her partners are developing very sophisticated recognition software and other aids to help police find missing persons. Leo asks Grace to dig into the databases and come up with the connection to help find who is responsible.

I didn't enjoy Live Bait as much as Monkeewrench (apa Let's Play) but I thought it was a good solid police procedural with likable characters and a plausible plot. Unfortunately, the members of the Monkeewrench group that kept the first book lively only pop up occasionally this time. The interplay between the detectives adds a lot of comic relief and it's great series. I'm definitely in for the rest of them. Next up......Dead Run. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
The team at Monkeewrench have turned from a game focusing on catching a serial killer to developing a software machine that will help the police sort through the host of information available on the web to come up with the clues that will lead to resolutions. After a number of cold cases, their expertise is needed when a number of senior citizens is murdered in the same neighborhood. This means more encounters with the quirky Monkeewrench team and snarky dialogue on the police force. Still enjoying this very much. ( )
  sushicat | Jan 14, 2016 |
Ok, but kind of boring. Also, the ending seemed to be a bit dragged out. The cops had solved the crimes but the book still went on and it just seemed like the authors had tacked an extra bit on the end just for the sake of it.
I don't think I'll be bothering to read the other books in this series. ( )
  26kathryn | Jul 22, 2013 |
2nd in the Monkeewrench series. Detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are out to solve the murder of Morey Gilbert. A man with no apparent enemies. And the gang from Monkeewrench makes small appearances while working on their new software. An enjoyable read. ( )
  i.should.b.reading | Mar 29, 2013 |
I received a copy as a giveaway from Goodreads. Some parts of the story would have made more sense if I had read the first book, but it is still a well-written novel for anyone interested in crime mysteries. ( )
  m_e_l_a_n_i_e | Aug 13, 2012 |
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Minneapolis detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are bored - ever since they solved the Monkeewrench case, the Twin Cities have been in a murder-free dry spell, as people no longer seem interested in killing one another. But with two brutal homicides taking place in one awful night, the crime drought ends - not with a trickle, but with an eventual torrent. Who would kill Morey Gilbert, a man without an enemy, a man who might as well have been a saint? His tiny, cranky little wife, Lily, is no help, and may even be a suspect; his estranged son, Jack, an infamous ambulance-chasing lawyer, has his own enemies; and his son-in-law, former cop Marty Pullman, is so depressed over his wife's death a year ago that he's ready to kill himself, but not Morey. The number of victims - all elderly - grows, and the city is fearful once again." The detectives' investigation threatens to uncover a series of horrendous secrets, some buried within the heart of the police department itself, blurring the lines between heroes and villains. Grace MacBride's cold-case-solving software may find the missing link - but at a terrible price.

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When a friendly, well-loved, elderly main is murdered, St. Paul detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth look to the family for suspects. When more murders of elderly people follow, however, it begins to appear that the motives behind the murders may be much more sinister.… (more)

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