Snow Blind (Monkeewrench Series #4)

Snow Blind (Monkeewrench Series #4)

by P. J. Tracy

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When the corpses of three police officers are discovered entombed in snowmen, Grace MacBride and her team of crime-busting computer jocks at the Monkeewrench firm are called in to assist. What they discover is a terrifying link among the victims that reaches beyond the badge and crosses the line between hard justice and stone cold vengeance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451412362
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/03/2007
Series: Monkeewrench Series , #4
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 161,651
Product dimensions: 6.74(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.05(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

P.J. 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 four novels, Monkeewrench, Live Bait, Dead Run, and Snow Blind have become national and international bestsellers.

P.J. Lambrecht is a college dropout with one of the largest collections of sweatpants in the world. She was raised in an upper-middle class family of very nice people, and turned to writing to escape the hardships of such a life. She had her first short story published in The Saturday Evening Post when Traci was eight, still mercifully oblivious to her mother’s plans to eventually trick her into joining the family business. She has been a moderately successfully free-lance writer ever since, although she has absolutely no qualifications for such a profession, except a penchant for lying.

Traci Lambrecht spent most of her childhood riding and showing horses. She graduated with a Russian Studies major from St. Olaf College in Northfield Minnesota, where she also studied voice. Her aspirations of becoming a spy were dashed when the Cold War ended, so she instead attempted briefly and unsuccessfully to import Eastern European folk art. She began writing to finance her annoying habits of travel and singing in rock bands, and much to her mother’s relief, finally realized that the written word was her true calling. They have been writing together ever since.

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Snow Blind (Monkeewrench Series #4) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Refill More than 1 year ago
Much like the previous novel in the "Monkeewrench" series, "Snow Blind" has a good start and keeps the tension going throughout. One thing differently, though, is the reveal of a villain very early on (in that way it reminds me of the 1944 film "Double Indemnity"). Can the tension remain when you know who a killer is? Absolutely, and it doesn't give away the rest of the surprises. Though not quite as suspenseful and engrossing as the predecessor novel, it's obvious that the mother-daughter team known collectively as P.J. Tracy has become much better at effective suspense writing. This is helped with the introduction of interesting character Iris Rikker, a new sheriff who has to learn her job quickly as she is immediately thrown into a homicide investigation. With this novel, an obvious element is the moral question. Should it have been done? Was it for the greater good? Good questions to ask, and I personally don't know where I stand. That's good to have a novel make you question what you would do and what you believe is right. Keep it up, P.J. Tracy, you have another winner here, and it's one I hope people get to see. 4 stars out of 5
zarea More than 1 year ago
This will be the last time I read a Monkeewrench novel. When I read the first book I was so pleased to have a group of tech savvy non detectives that can bring interesting solving skills to the police. Not only that but this group had secrets and quarks that would add to the story. Unfortunately the authors decided that the detectives Magozzi and Gino were more important. Stories of police detectives are not new, usual or even in the case of these two interesting. Snow Blind talked about how men don't talk a lot to get their point across. Well they never met Gino, he complains, he moralizes and he metaphors every point he makes. They keep talking about how bad ass they are then freak at the first snow storm in a city he has lived all his life. The women in this novel cower behind walls of security, then turn into killers. In a way that exposes innocent children to the crime. This just doesn't ring true. If you read this for the humor give it 3 stars but if you wanted more monkee's story this is barely a 2.
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Leo and Gino think they¿re out for an entertaining winter carnival, but when two police officers are discovered encased in snowmen, they again must race to solve the mystery before more police officers die. I did not see all of the end here ¿ so glad the books still surprise me¿
ReginaR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this installment in the Monkeewrench series. Like the others, I listened to the audio. It is not the best in the series, it is definitely shorter but I enoyed it. Unfortunatley, there is not enough of the Monkeewrench crew for my tastes but P.J. Tracy introduces some new characters -- rural sheriffs and officers -- and an interesting twist to their serial killer theme. This book can be read as a standalone. The mystery was easy to figure out and it was not very scary or thrilling. But still, Tracy writes characters well and ultimately, despite this being a mystery series the books are character driven. Decent, not great -- but good entertainment.
bookwitch24 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
And another stellar story from PJ Tracy. An incredibly interesting read that will keep you pulled in until the end.
OrchidJ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was expecting a tense, trashy read to provide a bit of escapism, and on the whole that's what I got - until the end, where the 'who done it' was left partly unresolved. It's not written or constructed well enough for me to accept this frustrating ending - for me, this kind of book is all about the resolution and I was left disappointed and feeling like I¿d wasted my time.
SandyLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
SNOW BLIND is the fourth in the Monkeewrench series. Detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth investigate two murders where the victims¿ bodies have been entombed as snowmen. Another victim is found in a small town where the new sheriff is a former teacher and way over her head in a murder investigation. Grace MacBride and her Monkeewrench team assist in finding a link to the victims who are all in law enforcement, but their deaths have nothing to do with the cases they have worked. A highly enjoyable series. I would start with the first book in the series, MONKEEWRENCH, if you like to read a fabulous series in order.
readafew on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Snow Blind is the 4th book in the Monkeywrench series. I have not read any of the other 3 previous books which could effect my opinion of this work. I did enjoy the book and it had me thinking a little bit of John Sandford's Lucas Davenport books, both have cops as the main character and are centered in Minneapolis. I would have to say that PJ & Traci are a bit less 'gritty' than Sandford. They don't really like doing 'bad' things to their protagonists, not to say bad things don't happen but most of the 'good' guys had them happen in the past and now things are going well for them. The biggest thing seems to be that they put men in general and Minnesota men in particular in a very bad light. The idea was to get push awareness of spousal abuse but it was a little lopsided in execution. Not a bad book, enjoyable and fast-paced. Probably rates a PG-13 if it was a movie.
chrissywest on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
OK, where do I start? How about some facts. This is the first time I¿ve read anything by author, P.J. Tracy. P.J. Tracy is the pseudonym of mother-daughter writing duo P.J. and Traci Lambrecht. Snow Blind is the fourth book from the Monkeewrench Series.What did I think? There is no doubt about it, the book was action-packed. The story was original. However I thought there was away too much going on. Also, way to many characters. In the prologue you meet Laura, Ruth, and Emily. There is no mention of Emily again till page 231. And Laura comes back into the picture on page 265. I was beginning to wonder why these characters were introduced in the first place. It did all tie together in the end. But it sure took a long time to get there. I also found the book to be very funny in places. I sometimes find, even if the plot is terrible, humor can make the book more tolerable.In regards to series. I think it¿s very important that authors give a good detailed history of the reoccurring characters to benefit readers who maybe don¿t read the series in order. Myself reading the fourth book of the series first. I didn¿t feel there was a lot of character development.Overall Snow Blind didn¿t really impress me. I am going to read the prior books from this series. In the hope of learning a little more about the characters.
SonicQuack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Snow Blind is definitely odd. The premise of this tale of death in the snow is off-centre to start with and there's no predicting where the story goes from there. It's great to see original ideas and authors gambling with storylines the standard crime writers would steer clear of. It's paid off with PJ Tracy's previous work, however Snow Blind doesn't quite seem true. The good news is that the characters are still enjoyable to see in action, with plenty of entertaining dialogue. The actual story is by no means dull, it just doesn't produce a gripping read. I feel that the authors were out to make a point rather than a great thriller.
slpenney07 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: Minneapolis police detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are participating in a snowman building contest after the first big snowfall of the year. Instead of creating a snowman, they are forced to destory hundreds of them, when a child discovers a dead body inside of a snowman.The Take-Away: I love this series. The mother-daughter duo is fabulous. This is book four of the series, and the stakes get higher each and every book. The Monkeewrench group is back also, as part of the crime-fighting team. They are tied into the case in ways that neither they nor the detective anticipate.The very best part of the book is the ending that, if I shared, would ruin the book for you. Trust, it's worth it.Recommendation: While you don't need to start at the very beginning of the series, you'll want to, if you start with this one.
reading_fox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Best of the series so far. The plot holes aren't quite as gaping, the characters have a bit more spark and the imagintation is really flowing.A deep winter in Minneapolis and Wisconsin. Gino and Leo find some bodies hidden in snowmen. As the body count mounts there seems to be little linking the victims, but no liklyhood of copycat killings either. As usual they turn to the Monkeywrench crew, who procide some crucial clues, but will Gino and leo be able to unearth enough evidence to prove who killers are, even when they know the answer. Help is provided by a brand new Sherrif.Much better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as crazy about this one as several of the others I’ve read, but still a darn good read and I’m glad I bought it. Great, great series. I recommend it as a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really good and thought provoking read. I disagree with the idea that there was too much cops (Gino and Leo) and not enough Monkeywrench. All the characters are important in this series. The Monkeywrench group did their magic to help assist the cops and the cops followed up well with the information. Interaction with another police department and it's brand new sheriff gave fresh characters to the book. The conflicted ending between the law and actual justice was just great.
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