Synopsis: When Minneapolis homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are called to a crime scene in a heavily wooded city park, everything about the setting is all too familiar. And when they discover a playing card on the victim’s body, their worst fears are confirmed there s a serial killer operating in the city for the first time in years.
Across town, Grace MacBride and her unconventional partners at Monkeewrench Software find themselves at both personal and career crossroads. Weary of the darker side of their computer work for law enforcement, they agree to take on a private missing-persons case in a small farming community in southwestern Minnesota.
As the violence accelerates in Minneapolis, Magozzi and Gino soon realize their killer is planning to complete the deck, and they enlist Monkeewrench to help stop the rampage. As a baffling tangle of evidence accumulates, the cops and Monkeewrench make the unlikely connections among a farmer s missing daughter, a serial killer, and a decades-old stabbing that brings them face-to-face with pure evil.”
My review: I’ve adored the Monkeewrench series from the beginning and this one is no exception. This one has everything from a serial killer to Mexican drug cartels to a random FBI operation and the pace doesn’t let up from beginning to end. There are a few changes – Grace is 6 months pregnant and her & Magozzi are slowing building on their relationship and trust as they prepare for the new baby. There’s a new secondary detective that seems to fit in quite well and seems very easy on the imaginative eyes. The rest of the old characters are back.
One of the things I have enjoyed from the beginning is the relationship between all the main characters. I love how the 6 main ones each have their own individual backstories loving created and that the stories can have all 6 and give equal book time. There is a lot of emphasis on the Sheriff and father of missing girl Marla as well as breaking in the new detective in this one so a lot of the characters take a back seat which while I understand and didn’t take away anything from the plot did make me miss my main guys.
Overall great as always, I love the pace and structure. The writing as always spot on. Oh and I loved the rogue lion 🙂 Looking forward to the next one
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