The Guilty Dead (Monkeewrench, #9)
The Guilty Dead is the ninth book in P.J. Tracy's addictive and internationally bestselling Twin Cities series.Gregory Norwood, wealthy businessman and close friend of Minnesota's leading candidate for Governor, is found dead on the first anniversary of his son's drug overdose. It seems clear to Detectives Gino and Magozzi that grief drove him to suicide.Until they realise the left-handed man seems to have used his right hand to pull the trigger.And they find the second body.As the seemingly open-and-shut case becomes a murder enquiry, the detectives begin to delve into the dark secrets of one of the city's most powerful families. It seems the murders are not the first in the Norwoods' tragic story - and they won't be the last . . . PRAISE FOR P. J. TRACY: 'Outrageously suspenseful' Harlan Coben'A fast-paced gripping read with thrills and devilish twists' Guardian'A powerful thriller and an ingenious plot' Observer Review

The Guilty Dead (Monkeewrench, #9) Details

TitleThe Guilty Dead (Monkeewrench, #9)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 15th, 2018
PublisherMichael Joseph, Ltd
ISBN-139780718189815
Rating
GenreMystery, Fiction, Crime, Thriller

The Guilty Dead (Monkeewrench, #9) Review

  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    This is book nine of the highly popular Monkeewrench series. Rarely, if ever, have I jumped into a series midway. But the opportunity presented itself and I was generously offered a copy by the publisher. Yes, it was an offer I couldn’t refuse! Stepping midway into a series can present several challenges. With this book, the character development was highly developed. So jumping in mid-stream I missed some of the background that might have helped me have a clearer understanding of the characters This is book nine of the highly popular Monkeewrench series. Rarely, if ever, have I jumped into a series midway. But the opportunity presented itself and I was generously offered a copy by the publisher. Yes, it was an offer I couldn’t refuse! Stepping midway into a series can present several challenges. With this book, the character development was highly developed. So jumping in mid-stream I missed some of the background that might have helped me have a clearer understanding of the characters. That said, at no time did I feel lost or unable to keep up. (I think that speaks highly of the author!)There are two seemingly separate story-lines running simultaneously. First, a murder of a prominent Minnesota man followed by a possible terrorist threat to the metropolitan Minneapolis area.It’s now up to Monkeewrench and the team of detectives to solve the crimes and discover any potential connections between the two. There is so much going on and so many characters that of course were new to me. But I stayed on top of it throughout. If this is a series you’ve been reading for years you’re going to love this addition. However, if this is a new series for you don’t hesitate to jump in where I did. I am now a fan and will be looking forward to the next installment!A buddy read with Susanne🌸Thank you to Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley and P.J. Tracy for an ARC to review in exchange for an honest review
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  • Paromjit
    January 1, 1970
    Having read this Monkeewrench series from the beginning, I have a great deal of affection for it and I feel a great sense of comfort on approaching any addition to the series set in Minnesota. The diverse range of characters have become erstwhile friends that I look forward in great anticipation to meeting again. Minneapolis Detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth have an ease with each other born of their long relationship together, fuelling their often comedic banter with each other and other Having read this Monkeewrench series from the beginning, I have a great deal of affection for it and I feel a great sense of comfort on approaching any addition to the series set in Minnesota. The diverse range of characters have become erstwhile friends that I look forward in great anticipation to meeting again. Minneapolis Detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth have an ease with each other born of their long relationship together, fuelling their often comedic banter with each other and other members of MPD. Magozzi has moved from the city to a remote rural home by the lake with the once paranoid but still ever alert Grace McBride, with the couple anxiously awaiting the upcoming birth of their first child. Grace is an integral part of Monkeewrench, the gifted offbeat IT experts that include Harley, Annie, a style icon and tall, but skeletal thin Roadrunner. Monkeewrench have been working on a prototype program that will advance and speed up the monumental task of the FBI and other agencies, including local police departments to sift through big data to home in on real terror threats. A desperate and dishevelled Special Agent Dahl has requested a meeting with Harley where he informs them there is chatter online about a terror incident being planned for their city, and the FBI do not have the resources to identify who is behind it. Monkeewrench have the perfect opportunity to test their software, but will they be able to prevent a terrorist atrocity? Leo and Gino are called to the apparent suicide of Gregory Norwood at his home on the anniversary of the death of his son, Trey, from a heroin overdose. It all makes sense, except that Norwood is left handed and the gun is close to his right hand, plus there is a blood trail that suggests there was another casualty in the grounds of the property. In a story where connections between the search for terrorists emerge with MPDs murder investigation, there are numerous further murders and the repercussions of a long gone past in which the horrifying murder of 16 year old Clara Riskin took place, her parents used to work for the Norwoods.The Monkeewrench team play a significantly more low key role than usual whilst Leo and Gino take centre stage. There is plenty of tension and suspense as our cops try to get to the bottom of the murder of Gregory Norwood who apparently had no enemies, a man with a long and close relationship with Robert Zeller, a prominent lawyer and now a candidate running for Governor. I particularly liked Rosalie Norwood, a brave and courageous woman despite her tragic family history. I am always going to love this series and can see it is in good hands for the future. A wonderfully twisted crime read that I adored. Many thanks to Netgalley for an ARC.
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  • Diane S ☔
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Magozzi and Gino are called to the scene of a suspected suicide of a well known businessman. The Monkey wrench crew is working on new software which will greatly aid police departmens and other agencies to find out where acts of terrorism are being planned. Grace and Magozzi anxiously await the birth of their child, Grace now eight months pregnant. Of course things are not as simple as they appear, and soon everyone is up to their eyeballs in mayhem and madness.I enjoy this series, all the c 3.5 Magozzi and Gino are called to the scene of a suspected suicide of a well known businessman. The Monkey wrench crew is working on new software which will greatly aid police departmens and other agencies to find out where acts of terrorism are being planned. Grace and Magozzi anxiously await the birth of their child, Grace now eight months pregnant. Of course things are not as simple as they appear, and soon everyone is up to their eyeballs in mayhem and madness.I enjoy this series, all the characters are unique, with their own ticks and different personalities. This book certainly moved quickly, but as I read I kept wishing the Monkey wrench crew was more in the forefront. The ending though was action packed, everyone involved, though for some things didn't turn out as they planned.ARC from Netgalley.
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  • Susanne Strong
    January 1, 1970
    4 Stars.Gregory Norwood’s body is found on his sprawling estate. Though it first appears as though Norwood took his own life and Detectives Magozzi and Rolseth investigate his death at the request of his wife and daughter. When Magozzi and Rolseth look into the allegations, they find that Gregory Norwood’s death links to another body at the scene. Norwood’s son Trey died a year prior of what everyone thought was a drug overdose, though his father never believed it. Suspicion ensues and the path 4 Stars.Gregory Norwood’s body is found on his sprawling estate. Though it first appears as though Norwood took his own life and Detectives Magozzi and Rolseth investigate his death at the request of his wife and daughter. When Magozzi and Rolseth look into the allegations, they find that Gregory Norwood’s death links to another body at the scene. Norwood’s son Trey died a year prior of what everyone thought was a drug overdose, though his father never believed it. Suspicion ensues and the path the investigation takes them down leads to Grace Macbride, Magozzi’s life partner and soon to be, mother of his child. Grace works for Monkeewrench, a software company who has developed a hacking program the FBI is testing out to track terrorists - and you guessed it there are connections. Unraveling them however, well, that is the hard part.“The Guilty Dead” by P. J. Tracey is a crazy, heart stopping, intellectual, race to the finish. This is the ninth book in the Monkeewrench series, though it was the first book I’ve read. Though I missed out on earlier novels, I truly enjoyed this book and these characters immensely though I wish the author had given the readers a bit more background into them throughout the novel. This was so good I can’t wait to read yet another Monkeewrench novel!This was a buddy read with Kaceey. It was so nice to discover a new series together! Thank you to NetGalley, Crooked Lane Books and P. J. Tracey for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Published on NetGalley and Goodreads on 8.25.18.
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  • Maureen Carden
    January 1, 1970
    I will never lose my love for the Monkeewrench group of brilliant, paranoid-with good reason-computer maven misfits. I will never lose my admiration for Minneapolis homicide cops detective Leo Magozzi and Gino Roseth. So I am always delighted for a new book from P.J. Tracy,The Guilty Dead is no exception. Magozzi and Roseth have a suicide to investigate. Gregory Norwood has a number of excellent reasons to commit suicide; but since Norwood is a wealthy philanthropist who has been very generous t I will never lose my love for the Monkeewrench group of brilliant, paranoid-with good reason-computer maven misfits. I will never lose my admiration for Minneapolis homicide cops detective Leo Magozzi and Gino Roseth. So I am always delighted for a new book from P.J. Tracy,The Guilty Dead is no exception. Magozzi and Roseth have a suicide to investigate. Gregory Norwood has a number of excellent reasons to commit suicide; but since Norwood is a wealthy philanthropist who has been very generous to the MPD, all of the i’s must be crossed and the t’s dotted; or something like that. The i’s and t’s explode landing Magozzi and Roseth on one of their most intricate homicide investigations with ramifications far beyond the death of one man.Meanwhile Monkeewrench has once again been applying their considerable talents to finding better software for predicting a terrorist attack, which fits in nicely with FBI S/A Dahl who contacts them, having recently formed the same concerns specifically for Minneapolis. There has been tremendous growth over the course of the series. The most damaged member of Monkeewrench, Grace MacBride, has gone from super paranoid, trigger ready to expecting a child with Magozzi. Other characters have grown and opened their lives to possibilities. This continues in The Guilty Dead.There are twists and turns aplenty, along with healthy doses of surprise and suspense.This particular book is action-packed as are most Monkeewrench books, my only quibble is this book is canted more toward the detectives than Monkeewrench. Or as Christopher Walken would say "Needs more cowbell."Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange of a fair and honest review.
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  • Matt
    January 1, 1970
    First and foremost, a large thank you to P.J. Tracy and Crooked Lane Books for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.A much different P.J. Tracy continues to evolve in the series after the death of the elder in the mother-daughter duo. Those who are familiar with the series will notice a higher intensity to the writing and a plot that seeks to delve deeper into the mystery and police procedural genres. After the death of his son a ye First and foremost, a large thank you to P.J. Tracy and Crooked Lane Books for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.A much different P.J. Tracy continues to evolve in the series after the death of the elder in the mother-daughter duo. Those who are familiar with the series will notice a higher intensity to the writing and a plot that seeks to delve deeper into the mystery and police procedural genres. After the death of his son a year ago, socialite Gregory Norwood plans to honour him with a private memorial. However, before this takes place, the elder Norwood is found at his home, an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. This sends shock waves through the city and travels all the way to the top of the MPD pyramid, after current gubernatorial candidate—and best friend of Norwood—Robert Zeller, requests it be handled with discretion. Enter Homicide Detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth, who survey the crime scene at the request of their chief, only to discover something out of place that tips the scales towards murder. Meanwhile, Monkeewrench are approached by a member of the FBI’s Minneapolis Field Office, hoping that they can create a specialised piece of software. It would seem that there have been murmurs of an attack within the Twin Cities, but nothing is surfacing with the usual suspects. The FBI has begun to wonder if those no longer on the radar might be developing new and covert means of communication through electronic channels, both legal and on the Dark Net. Members of the team rush to create something and run beta tests, unsure how long they might have before an attack. With the Norwoods mourning two loses in as many years and Minneapolis as a potential hotspot for the next big act of terror, Magozzi and Grace MacBride surely have no time to focus on the imminent arrival of their child. All that being said, babies follow no timetable or schedule, save their own. Tracy provides readers with a stellar exploration of terrorism, politics, and the ties that can bind a family together or tear it apart. A powerful new novel, which series fans will enjoy, even if it is with a heavy heart for the loss of part of this fantastic writing duo.I am sad to say that I have reached the end of my summer reading binge of P.J. Tracy’s work. I must also offer my sincere condolences that the writing world lost a great member with the death of one half of the P.J. Tracy duo. The series has been well-crafted and thoroughly enjoyable, both in writing and audio formats, which helps solidify my admiration for the authors and books in this collection. This novel is again able to mix great mystery with strong characters and deliver a grounded story, one in which the reader will notice new depth and strong story development. The Magozzi/Rolseth banter remains strong, as always, as does the humour that offsets some of the more serious and morbid parts of the narrative. Tracy offers some interesting character development for Magozzi and Grace MacBride, both individually and as a unit, with impending parenthood. How this will change their lives and the characterisation of them has yet to be seen, but one can only hope that a tenth novel will answer some of the questions series fans will surely have on the tips of their proverbial tongues. The rest of the gang (both police and Monkeewrench) continue to dazzle and keep the reader on their toes for a variety of reasons. I was pleased to see a strong narrative and a few plots that developed throughout, keeping the reader guessing as to what might happen at any turn of the page. Using a constantly revolving group of characters, Tracy is able to push the narrative forward in interesting ways and never forces the reader to accept subpar writing or storytelling. I must wonder if the Magozzi/Rolseth storyline will change when they are both fathers and if, perhaps, Tracy will give readers a Rolseth-centred storyline (perhaps involving his family), which might help develop a stronger tie to those people who come up in Gino’s dialogue on occasion. These novels move away from the traditional police procedural and permit P.J. Tracy to entertain the reader with strong storylines, perfect for a vacation or summer binge. As noted above, there was a significant shift in the writing and story presentation, likely the influence of the solo writing that will continue going forward. Might the series take a heavier turn or will the lighter reads resume in subsequent publication? Kudos, P.J. Tracy, for another wonderful piece. You continue to show how proud your mother can be in your efforts by keeping the story going. Write and think of her, always!Love/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...
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  • Phrynne
    January 1, 1970
    I look forward to each new book in the Monkeewrench series - it is one of my most favourite crime series!The Guilty Dead opens in a fairly complicated fashion with lots of characters popping up in apparently unrelated scenarios. Eventually of course it all comes together and leads to a massive and very tense climax which threatens the lives of some very important characters. The book was totally unputdownable at this stage.There are many beautiful scenes between Maguzzi and Grace - I am sure the I look forward to each new book in the Monkeewrench series - it is one of my most favourite crime series!The Guilty Dead opens in a fairly complicated fashion with lots of characters popping up in apparently unrelated scenarios. Eventually of course it all comes together and leads to a massive and very tense climax which threatens the lives of some very important characters. The book was totally unputdownable at this stage.There are many beautiful scenes between Maguzzi and Grace - I am sure they have been written especially to please long term readers of the series. We have been waiting a very long while for this, believe me.A fantastic book but if you have not read any Monkeewrench before treat yourself by starting at book one.
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  • Louise Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    Monkeewrench #9Gregory Norwood, wealthy businessman and a close friend of Minnesota's leading candidate for Governor, is found dead on the anniversary of his sons drug overdose. It's seems clear to Detectives Gino and Magozzi that grief drove him to suicide.It looks like an open and shut case on first inspection by Detectives Gino and Magozzi, that is until they notice that the left handed Gregory Norwood used his right hand to pull the trigger. They call on Grace MacBride, Monkeewrench's Softwa Monkeewrench #9Gregory Norwood, wealthy businessman and a close friend of Minnesota's leading candidate for Governor, is found dead on the anniversary of his sons drug overdose. It's seems clear to Detectives Gino and Magozzi that grief drove him to suicide.It looks like an open and shut case on first inspection by Detectives Gino and Magozzi, that is until they notice that the left handed Gregory Norwood used his right hand to pull the trigger. They call on Grace MacBride, Monkeewrench's Software founder and computer genius. MacBride and her partners unravel connections between Norwoods death and an even bigger plot. Will they catch whoever is responsible for the killings before even more lives are lost?This is the first book I have read in this series and I'm now going to have to add the other eight to my ever increasing tbr list. I feel I have lost out on a lot of background information. There is a lot going on in the storyline but that's what keeps you turning the pages.I would like to thank NetGalley, Penguin UK - Michael Joseph and the author P J Tracy for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Linda Strong
    January 1, 1970
    I am telling you right now ... if you have not read any of the Monkeewrench series, you need to go right his minute and start at the very beginning of this wonderful series.Monkeewrench is the name given to the software company founded by Grace MacBride and a team of members you will never forget. They are all geniuses when it comes to computers. How this group got together and forged a bond closer than any family is in the first books of the series.Homicide Detective Leo Magozzi and his partner I am telling you right now ... if you have not read any of the Monkeewrench series, you need to go right his minute and start at the very beginning of this wonderful series.Monkeewrench is the name given to the software company founded by Grace MacBride and a team of members you will never forget. They are all geniuses when it comes to computers. How this group got together and forged a bond closer than any family is in the first books of the series.Homicide Detective Leo Magozzi and his partner Gino Rolseth are called to investigate the possible suicide of Gregory Norwood... a man who lost his own son to suicide a year earlier. Evidence points to this being a homicide ... not a suicide.Meanwhile, Grace and her team are asked by the FBI to help them locate a band of terrorists. What they find is a link to the murder inquiry into Norwood. How are they connected? It's even more puzzling when everything points to the case of a 14-year-old girl murdered years before.Norwood wasn’t the first, won’t be the last, and by the end, may be just one of many to die. This is, as all the books in this series, well-written, action-packed, moving at the rate of an express train. The characters are all unique and unforgettable. The ending is a nail-biter.Many thanks to the author / Crooked Lane Books / Netgalley for the advanced digital copy of this crime fiction. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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  • Dee Arr
    January 1, 1970
    P. J. Tracy’s “The Guilty Dead” almost reads like it was two different books, or maybe three. Before it settled down, I was half-tempted to stop reading (though in the end, I am glad I continued). Some of the things that bothered me about the story were small, but ultimately, many small things do add up, beginning with why there were so many characters with names that start with the letter G? We have Grace, Gloria, Gus, Gregory, Gino, Gary, and Gerry. While the chances of reader confusion increa P. J. Tracy’s “The Guilty Dead” almost reads like it was two different books, or maybe three. Before it settled down, I was half-tempted to stop reading (though in the end, I am glad I continued). Some of the things that bothered me about the story were small, but ultimately, many small things do add up, beginning with why there were so many characters with names that start with the letter G? We have Grace, Gloria, Gus, Gregory, Gino, Gary, and Gerry. While the chances of reader confusion increases, the odds of this happening in real life must be astronomical.Proper research should always be completed. If one wishes to write about weapons and is not familiar with them, information is not that hard to find. The authors (P. J. Tracy a pseudonym for writers Patricia Lambrecht and Traci Lambrecht) mistakenly called a magazine a clip, and merely checking to make sure a gun has ammunition in the magazine will not make it “hot” and ready to fire. Later on, a character references her “conceal-and-carry permit,” something that does not exist in the state of Minnesota (you can obtain a permit to carry). Small things like this make me wonder what other inaccuracies I may have missed.What was most bothersome was the writing style employed, as it changed as I continued reading. The initial descriptions in early chapters read like someone had gone through with a thesaurus and substituting the largest word that could be found. While this is not a bad thing, the words began to disappear from the description and worked their way into the characters’ dialogue. It is jarring when all the people begin using words you don’t normally hear in everyday conversation. Somewhere near the middle of the book the style relaxed into normalcy. Why neither the authors nor editors questioned this is a mystery.Which is too bad, because the storyline is a five-star element. The expected twist is not out of left field, the story makes sense and, in the end, everything ties up neatly. I flew through the last half of the book, completely lost in the story and working with the detectives to decipher the clues and find the truth. What the authors wrote in the later chapters almost made it worth slogging through the beginning ones.Bottom line: It is worth your time to plow through the opening descriptions and dialogue as well as the research inconsistencies because the plot is good. Characterizations are okay, and we are given enough insight to identify with the main folks. Fans of this series will probably love the book, and for those of us new to the series, it is written as a standalone without references to any major storylines that have gone before. Three-and-a-half stars.My thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for a complimentary electronic copy of this book.
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  • Sandy
    January 1, 1970
    Book #9 in this series opens with a deadly prologue you just know is going to come back to haunt you. Fast forward 1 year & a wealthy local philanthropist dies in questionable circumstances. When Minneapolis cops Leo Magozzi & Gino Rolseth get involved, the past returns as they proceed to dig into the life of Gregory Norwood, his family & close friends.Over at Monkeewrench HQ Harley is contacted by Dahl, a frustrated FBI agent. He’s heard mutterings of a possible terrorist attack &am Book #9 in this series opens with a deadly prologue you just know is going to come back to haunt you. Fast forward 1 year & a wealthy local philanthropist dies in questionable circumstances. When Minneapolis cops Leo Magozzi & Gino Rolseth get involved, the past returns as they proceed to dig into the life of Gregory Norwood, his family & close friends.Over at Monkeewrench HQ Harley is contacted by Dahl, a frustrated FBI agent. He’s heard mutterings of a possible terrorist attack & wants the crew to use their considerable tech skills to help narrow the search. Their are several threads running in tandem, not the least of which is the impending birth of Leo & Grace’s baby. We spend a lot of time with them as they prepare….Grace calm, Leo on pins & needles.The investigative side of the story is intricate & full of interesting characters. The villain is no surprise but the “why” will keep you guessing as the pace picks up for an action packed conclusion. I’ve read all the books in this series & this is a solid entry. Leo & Gino’s case takes up the bulk of the story while the Monkeewrench crew take a back seat. I missed their presence here & the suspense that inevitably develops from their high tech antics. It’s a much more character driven book with less intrigue than previous outings. It’s purely a matter of taste & fans of the Leo/Grace story line will find much to enjoy here.
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  • Janet Newport
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for this arc.I've loved the Monkeewrench Gang from book 1 in this 9 books to-date series. The 8th book was somewhat disappointing for me as it seemed to be missing some of the edginess and pacing.. As it was the first book following the death of one of the co-authors of the series, understandable and forgivable.Some of that missing edginess has returned with this book. The pacing of the story was full-speed ahead.....I could feel the increasing pressure Thank you NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for this arc.I've loved the Monkeewrench Gang from book 1 in this 9 books to-date series. The 8th book was somewhat disappointing for me as it seemed to be missing some of the edginess and pacing.. As it was the first book following the death of one of the co-authors of the series, understandable and forgivable.Some of that missing edginess has returned with this book. The pacing of the story was full-speed ahead.....I could feel the increasing pressure of the minutes and hours slipping away. There were actually 2 different crimes but it all felt like one big Gordian knot. Are the bad guys really good guys? Are the good guys really bad? Is the FBI guy going "rogue"? Oh fun!Except for the sappiness over Grace's pregnancy and delivery, the Gang is BACK!4.5 stars rounded up.
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  • Pat
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars“The Guilty Dead” is Book #9 in the Monkeewrench series. When I first started reading this book, I felt I was revisiting old friends and catching up on what is going on in Minneapolis.Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are partners in the Homicide division of MPD. They are called to the scene of a suicide but this is no ordinary suicide. Gregory Norwood is a beloved Minneapolis philanthropist whose son died of an overdose and now seems to have committed suicide. But, the police want to investig 4 stars“The Guilty Dead” is Book #9 in the Monkeewrench series. When I first started reading this book, I felt I was revisiting old friends and catching up on what is going on in Minneapolis.Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are partners in the Homicide division of MPD. They are called to the scene of a suicide but this is no ordinary suicide. Gregory Norwood is a beloved Minneapolis philanthropist whose son died of an overdose and now seems to have committed suicide. But, the police want to investigate just to make sure they are getting it right.Monkeewrench, a software developing company, features the return of Harley Davidson, Grace McBride, Annie and Roadrunner – all very unique personalities. Harley has the company headquarters in his Summit Ave. mansion that he has lovingly restored when FBI Agent Dahl comes to visit with a request to the group. The FBI has lots of data on possible terrorist activity located in the Midwest area but needs to have the data analyzed quickly to discover if there is the possibility of an impending attack.This book moves along quickly with each group having alternating chapters until a very dramatic and intense ending. This is one of my favorite series and I look forward to the next edition. For those readers who have not tried the series, I think you can read this edition as a stand-alone. If a fan of the series, then be sure to catch up with everyone in the latest installment. Highly recommend.Thank you to Crooked Lane books and Sarah for an advance reader’s edition in exchange for an honest review.
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  • michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Minneapolis Detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are called on a new case of Wealthy Businessman Gregory Norwood suspected suicide. He was found dead with a gun in his hand. It is the 1-year anniversary of his son’s Trey death from a Heroin overdose. Robert Zeller thinks that it was the guilt of what happened to Trey that killed him. But, when Magozzi and Rolseth start to investigate, they have found out that the gun was wiped clean, so it all adds up to murder.The story also includes the Mon Minneapolis Detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are called on a new case of Wealthy Businessman Gregory Norwood suspected suicide. He was found dead with a gun in his hand. It is the 1-year anniversary of his son’s Trey death from a Heroin overdose. Robert Zeller thinks that it was the guilt of what happened to Trey that killed him. But, when Magozzi and Rolseth start to investigate, they have found out that the gun was wiped clean, so it all adds up to murder.The story also includes the Monkeewrench team. A team of computer programmers They are testing a new software program that keeps and searches for any new terror threats on the dark net. There is a new threat in town and they think new FBI building is its target. At the same time the team are anxious and waiting in anticipation of Grace MacBride giving birth.I was excited to receive these as, I have read most of the series and thoroughly enjoyed them. It is actually the first crime series I have read. It made me feel like I’m back with an old friend. They were lots of different characters with their own story that all came together at the end. There were lots of twists and turns in this book. It was fast paced and entertained me though out. If you haven’t read any of this series I would highly recommended it.Thank you NetGalley and Penguin Michael Joseph for a copy of this book. The Guilty dead is the 9th in the Monkeewrench series and I have read and enjoyed most of them.
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  • Bea Charmed
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars
  • Maranda
    January 1, 1970
    KIND OF A LOT GOING ON HERE!! We have a murder, a romance, a new baby, revenge, two police partners, another murder, a GEEK MONKEEWRENCH Intelligent Company and even more murders. Oh yeah and a BOMB! This is my first read in this series and now I need to make time to read the prior eight. Great characters by this author along with a thickening plot! "A copy of this book was provided by Crooked Lane Books via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
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  • Chris
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. What does a father and son murder have to do with a murder of a 14 year old that happened 12 years ago. The book is written in such a way that you're not sure which way it's headed. Who did what and when. It is all explained at the end of the book which will leaving you to wonder why.
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  • Cassie
    January 1, 1970
    This was a quick read for me I enjoyed it it takes place in the twin cities. It starts with Gregory Norwood who kills himself on the one year anniversary of his sons named Treys death of an overdose and after reading further you find out his death was assisted by a man named Gus, which you don’t know why. Also dying at the same time is a photojournalist who was on a mission to get a picture of Gregory on the death of his son. Called into investigate the deaths are two detectives Leo and Gino. So This was a quick read for me I enjoyed it it takes place in the twin cities. It starts with Gregory Norwood who kills himself on the one year anniversary of his sons named Treys death of an overdose and after reading further you find out his death was assisted by a man named Gus, which you don’t know why. Also dying at the same time is a photojournalist who was on a mission to get a picture of Gregory on the death of his son. Called into investigate the deaths are two detectives Leo and Gino. Some things that jump out to them on Gregory’s death is that the gun he shot himself with is in the wrong hand and the gun was wiped clean. I loved the twisted plots and the different characters! I give this four stars!
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  • Marty Fried
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley, I don't have to wait for this book to be published. I delayed reading the previous book to make the wait shorter, but now, I got to read both that one and now this new one.The Monkeewrench series has become one of my favorites, and this one did not disappoint. As usual, the people make up a large part of the story, but the plot was really strong, too. And there is the usual humor in the banter and thoughts of the characters that make it so much fun to read. It was sad that s Thanks to NetGalley, I don't have to wait for this book to be published. I delayed reading the previous book to make the wait shorter, but now, I got to read both that one and now this new one.The Monkeewrench series has become one of my favorites, and this one did not disappoint. As usual, the people make up a large part of the story, but the plot was really strong, too. And there is the usual humor in the banter and thoughts of the characters that make it so much fun to read. It was sad that some good people had to die, but the humor made it much easier to handle. And as is often the case with their stories, the lines between good and bad people are somewhat blurred.If you've never read any other books in this series, I advise you to start at the beginning. Get to know the characters, especially the Monkeewrench crew, and homicide detectives Gino (Gino Rolseth) and Magozzi (Leo Magozzi, but everyone calls him Magozzi). These characters are all featured in subsequent books.Monkeewrench is a software company made up of mysterious but highly intelligent programmers who start out writing games, but are also very good at hacking into secure sites, writing custom security and facial recognition software, etc. that are useful to law enforcement. Nobody there is really what they seem. Harley looks like a Hells Angel, Grace carries a gun everywhere, Annie is fat and sexy, always wears high heels, makeup, fancy clothes, and Roadrunner is a tall, skinny vegetarian bicyclist. Somehow though, they all get along and work miracles on their computers.It was nice to see so many people working together to solve the crimes in this case - Monkeewrench, the FBI, and the MPD all cooperating without egos getting in the way. It almost seems like everyone just wants to solve the case, not boost their egos.Of course the highlight of the book is Grace's pregnancy. Who would have ever thought at the start of the series that this would ever happen, and that she would actually be happy and optimistic about this. Everyone is excited - Harley wanted her to stay in bed starting at about the 2nd month; Magozzi and Gino have a bet on when it will arrive. And when it does, Magozzi thought she "was without question the most beautiful child ever born." When it's time to pick a name, all he can think of is “Nothing’s good enough. Except maybe Grace Junior.” Poor Grace - her pedestal is so high she's probably going to be afraid to move lest she fall off. But it seems like Magozzi thinks anything she does is perfect even if it isn't, so it probably won't matter.Well, until the next one comes out (hopefully), I guess it's time to catch up on some other series that have been on my back burner for a while.
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  • Joanne Robertson
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve been a huge fan of P.J Tracy and her Monkeewrench team ever since their very first appearance in Want to Play? I was so sad to hear that one half of this mother/daughter writing team has now passed away but it was heartwarming to learn that the series is now to carry on with just Traci writing it. The Guilty Dead is the first book that she has completed on her own and I have to say that I’m very, VERY impressed as it worked perfectly for me! It was gripping with a wonderfully inventive stor I’ve been a huge fan of P.J Tracy and her Monkeewrench team ever since their very first appearance in Want to Play? I was so sad to hear that one half of this mother/daughter writing team has now passed away but it was heartwarming to learn that the series is now to carry on with just Traci writing it. The Guilty Dead is the first book that she has completed on her own and I have to say that I’m very, VERY impressed as it worked perfectly for me! It was gripping with a wonderfully inventive storyline that steamed towards its conclusion with a sharply defined and classy delivery. It carried on the Monkeewrench ethos and I loved it!The Monkeewrench gang are called in to help trap a terror cell planning an attack in the city. Their software should be able to delve into the darker side of the web but they are up against an intelligence that may take a little more time than usual to crack! And Grace isn’t exactly able to help this time as she is now heavily pregnant. Aside from this, the police duo of Gino and Magozzi have been brought in to look at the suicide of a local wealthy business man with connections to a leading candidate for the governor of Minnesota. And as they investigate the family further, past secrets reveal previous deaths that may also be connected.What a fabulously twisty and topical read this was. I would like to think that there really is an elite team of IT experts acting as our guardian angel. I’ve loved watching these characters develop over the series, especially Grace. To see the difference between the first book where she wouldn’t let anyone past her own protective barriers, to where she is now-preparing for impending motherhood and settled down with Magozzi and Charlie the dog. The crimes in The Guilty Dead do take precedence over the personal lives of our protagonists but they still tend to weave in and out of the narrative as they work to solve the problems they face.I really did have no idea where The Guilty Dead was heading but was far too engrossed in this enjoyable and exciting book to even think about the ending before I got there. It was just such a thrill to journey through the pages of one of my most favourite series, feeling as comfortable as though I were climbing into a pair of my most cosy pyjamas!If you’ve never read a P.J Tracy before then it’s not too late! This can ofcourse be read as a standalone book but you would certainly understand the motives and emotions of the characters more if you read previous instalments first.Intelligently written and hugely entertaining, The Guilty Dead met all of my high expectations and it is therefore highly recommended by me!
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  • Patricia Romero
    January 1, 1970
    All of our favorite characters are back! And all hell is breaking loose!Magozzi and Grace are about to have a new baby any day now. and Monkeewrench has come up with new software to track possible terror threats. Things are humming along and then they are going at a break neck speed to find a killer and maybe a terrorist cell.Last year Gregory Norwood, wealthy businessman and famous in Minnesota, lost his only son Trey to a heroin overdose. Or so the police say. But Gregory doesn't believe it. M All of our favorite characters are back! And all hell is breaking loose!Magozzi and Grace are about to have a new baby any day now. and Monkeewrench has come up with new software to track possible terror threats. Things are humming along and then they are going at a break neck speed to find a killer and maybe a terrorist cell.Last year Gregory Norwood, wealthy businessman and famous in Minnesota, lost his only son Trey to a heroin overdose. Or so the police say. But Gregory doesn't believe it. Months before the anniversary of his death, Gregory hires a PI to investigate. But on the anniversary, Gregory is found dead, an apparent suicide.But Magozzi and Gino aren't quite sure how that would work since the man used his right hand to pull the trigger when he is left-handed. Their digging uncovers more questions than answers and when a second body is discovered, things get crazy.As Grace and Harley and Crew are working with the Feds to try out their new software the first hit they get is chatter about City Hall. And outside the bodies keep piling up. But are they related to Norwood's death or the terror threat?In a race against time they will all have to work together to make sure they stay alive and find the truth.Reading P.J.Tracy is like going on a roller coaster ride! Twists, turns, round and round and she still manages to give us rich characters and a great story!This is the first book out with just P.J., following her mother's death in 2016 and I think she would be very proud of this one! I for one am looking forward to the next one!Netgalley/September 11th 2018 by Crooked Lane Books 
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  • Eadie
    January 1, 1970
    Gregory Norwood is found with a gun in his hand on the anniversary of his son's death from an overdose of heroin. It appears that Gregory may have committed suicide. Minneapolis detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are called in to handle the case. Something is not right and the detectives believe Norwood's death is not suicide. Magozzi calls on Grace MacBride, Monkeewrench Software’s founder and chief computer genius. She and her motley crew of partners begin to unravel connections between N Gregory Norwood is found with a gun in his hand on the anniversary of his son's death from an overdose of heroin. It appears that Gregory may have committed suicide. Minneapolis detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are called in to handle the case. Something is not right and the detectives believe Norwood's death is not suicide. Magozzi calls on Grace MacBride, Monkeewrench Software’s founder and chief computer genius. She and her motley crew of partners begin to unravel connections between Norwood’s death and an even larger plot. Will they find the killer and save hundreds of lives doing so? This is the 9th installment of the Monkeewrench series by P.J. Tracy and I would have to say the best of the series so far. I have read all the books and would suggest reading them in order as the storyline builds from one book to the next. I find the characters to be very unique and quite interesting. The plot kept the pages turning until the very surprising ending. I look forward to the next installment and I would highly recommend this series to those who love humor with their mysteries.I would like to thank Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book for an honest review.
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Crooked Lane for the ARC in return for my review. I’m afraid I’m a bit veins in the Monkeewrench series. I thought maybe I’d missed enough books that I’d be a bit lost. But that was far from the truth. This could almost be read as a stand alone. Sure, you’d miss some of the background on the Monkeewrench crew but not enough to make things hard to follow. It was nice to get back to Grace and see that she had finally (almost) fell in love and began to have a half normal life. Yet anot Thank you to Crooked Lane for the ARC in return for my review. I’m afraid I’m a bit veins in the Monkeewrench series. I thought maybe I’d missed enough books that I’d be a bit lost. But that was far from the truth. This could almost be read as a stand alone. Sure, you’d miss some of the background on the Monkeewrench crew but not enough to make things hard to follow. It was nice to get back to Grace and see that she had finally (almost) fell in love and began to have a half normal life. Yet another murder ( or several ) for the detectives and Monkeewrench to get embroiled in. There’s bombings, deaths, suicides and any number of juicy entanglements to suck you deep into the storyline. Well worth your time to give this one a read.
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  • Elaine Tomasso
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for an advance copy of The Guilty Dead, the ninth novel to feature Minneapolis based detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth and the Monkeewrench computer programming crew.Magozzi and Rolseth are called out to industrialist, Gregory Norwood's death. Nobody is sure if it is suicide or murder but his best friend, lawyer and gubernatorial candidate, Robert Zeller is sure that a recent cancer diagnosis and guilt over his son's overdose death a y I would like to thank Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for an advance copy of The Guilty Dead, the ninth novel to feature Minneapolis based detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth and the Monkeewrench computer programming crew.Magozzi and Rolseth are called out to industrialist, Gregory Norwood's death. Nobody is sure if it is suicide or murder but his best friend, lawyer and gubernatorial candidate, Robert Zeller is sure that a recent cancer diagnosis and guilt over his son's overdose death a year ago to the day make suicide more likely. A wiped gun in the right hand of a left handed man make it murder. As the detectives investigate further a lot of family secrets come tumbling out of the closet. In the meantime Monkeewrench are beta testing a new program which makes keeping tabs on suspected terrorists easier and more labour efficient and inadvertently discover a focus on the town hall.I thoroughly enjoyed The Guilty Dead which has a good plot and some unexpected twists. Initially I wondered if I would as it has a different voice in every chapter and an early identification of the killer so it didn't hold my attention but it soon settles down to mainly cover the investigation and becomes quite absorbing with well paced reveals and a good sense of building up to a crescendo. The reason behind the murder is slowly unraveled as the novel progresses and I found it quite addictive trying to piece it all together. It's all change in the characters as Magozzi's partner and Monkeewrench member, Grace, is eight months pregnant. She is handling it well but some of Magozzi's reactions are a bit saccharine for my tastes. Otherwise the banter between the characters injects some humour into the serious business of murder and the warmth of the friendship between them makes for a pleasant read.The Guilty Dead is a good read which I have no hesitation in recommending.
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  • J.T.
    January 1, 1970
    Tracy is at a new level in this book. Fabulous.
  • Evelyn
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.In this 9th book, a prominent Milwaukee businessman has apparently taken his own life and the Monkeewrench team is working on a computer algorithm to track terrorist threats. But, nothing is as it seems and the two apparently unrelated events come together with unexpected and frightening results.Love this series. Well-written with lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing till the end.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    The Monkeewrench gang is back and with a boom this time. New murders, old murders, political shenanigans, a possible terrorist attack on City Hall and oh did I mention Grace is ready to give birth at any time? Strap on your seat beat, lap belt and harness. This is one thrilling ride!Highly recommended. Due to be released in August 2018.
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  • Daymare Dan
    January 1, 1970
    I wrote the same review on my blog http://booksbythefire.comI had never read the Monkeewrench series prior to sitting down with The Guilty Dead. This is the ninth installment! It's madness that I even thought about jumping in at this point. I thought to myself, hey, I enjoy Star Wars, and those movies started off right in the middle of the current time line.So my Sheldon Cooper moment told me to think of the previous books as prequels, and enjoy this book as a standalone detective novel. Did it I wrote the same review on my blog http://booksbythefire.comI had never read the Monkeewrench series prior to sitting down with The Guilty Dead. This is the ninth installment! It's madness that I even thought about jumping in at this point. I thought to myself, hey, I enjoy Star Wars, and those movies started off right in the middle of the current time line.So my Sheldon Cooper moment told me to think of the previous books as prequels, and enjoy this book as a standalone detective novel. Did it hold up? Let's find out.A gun is found by billionaire Gregory Norwood's right hand as he slumps at his desk. The brains he once held in his head, decided to hold hands with an intruding speeding bullet, and exited together through the back door of his cranium.Today was the anniversary of his son's overdose, which he felt responsible for. He was also suffering with cancer, and didn't have much time left on the old clock of life. It all points to suicide.Or does it?Enter our heroes, Leo Magozzi, and Gino Rolseph. A detective partnership that has probably been adored for 8 books. They're here to crack this case as wide open as the exit wound on Gregory Norwood's head.Meanwhile, there's a terror threat looming over Minneapolis, and our detectives call on the help of their Monkeewrench buddies, Harley Davidson (I couldn't figure out if that was his real name or not), Road Runner (meep meep) and Grace (who is pregnant with Detective Leo Magozzi's seed) all of whom, have been working on a new anti terror program that detects patterns in people's internet activity to find potential threats.Bodies start piling up, and it becomes clear that what looked like a clear cut suicide, is turning into something much more.Spoiler Free AnalysisThis is the first book I read of the series. Starting at book 9 is totally stupid, I can't say that enough. I will say, jumping into the story with characters that have already been developed in previous books helped the pacing. It was go go go from the start, and I honestly couldn't put it down.The Guilty Dead's main story didn't alienate the new reader to the series, the case was new, it was just the same detectives cracking it. There are many references that I didn't understand, but they did make me feel like going back and reading some of the earlier novels. Like I said before, the earlier books were prequels to me. Jumping into this book with this mindset really worked out, I enjoyed my experience with this book.It kind of felt like starting a TV show in the middle of a season. The episode had the same characters, but its own story. You can have a fun time watching the musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer without watching the previous five seasons.I was in capable hands with the author. She describes a feeling so well, with perfect language, that you have to stop and stare at the wall for a bit. This happened multiple times during my reading, and I tip my hat to her talent.Upon further research I found out that PJ Tracy is a pseudonym for a mother/daughter co writer team. Sadly, the mother, PJ had passed away just before Christmas of 2016. This was the first time Traci had continued the Monkeewrench series on her own.Having not read the previous eight, I can't say if she's lived up to the hype of the former releases, but as a stand alone, I enjoyed this very much.The only thing I didn't like about "The Guilty Dead" was the stupid names people had. I've already mentioned Harley Davidson, I couldn't take him seriously. Then there was Jim Beam, and Gustav Holst. As a first time reader, the cuteness of these names didn't quite take, and I was left thinking "what is this? what's happening here?"There also wasn't any scary moments. Like at all. I'm too used to reading horror. But It would have been nice to build up a little fear. Specially when reading the point of view of the villain.That being said, there wasn't much wrong with this book. I enjoyed it a lot, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a mystery thriller.
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  • ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
    January 1, 1970
    Copy received from publisher via Netgalley for an honest reviewI did not know that this was part of a series when I requested (nobody to blame but myself!) however this did not affect my reading of The Guilty Dead at all.Coming into series so far in did can have a few issues, and as the characters are already so well developed, I did miss a lot of the nuances of their relationships. However, there is enough about them for me to muddle my way through and figure out who was what and to whom.This s Copy received from publisher via Netgalley for an honest reviewI did not know that this was part of a series when I requested (nobody to blame but myself!) however this did not affect my reading of The Guilty Dead at all.Coming into series so far in did can have a few issues, and as the characters are already so well developed, I did miss a lot of the nuances of their relationships. However, there is enough about them for me to muddle my way through and figure out who was what and to whom.This story starts out with a murder, and from that minute on we are taken on a non-stop ride of murder, mystery and suspense.I did have a gut feeling who our bad buy was, but I was never 100% until the author wanted me to know the whos and whys.I enjoyed the relationship between the 2 lead detectives, the way they read each other, bounced off each other to find the killer.I liked the way this book tapped into the worries, the fears of our current world, and made it feel like this could be happening in any of our cities or towns.I really did enjoy this book from this new to me author. I am interested in going back and reading the earlier books in this series, and look forward to more in the future.
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  • Darcy
    January 1, 1970
    The Monkeewrench guys were doing their thing helping out and everyone was giving Grace the side eye wondering if today was going to be baby day. The later was fun to see how everyone acted around Grace. Some of them tip-toed, some just took her like normal. I was a bit worried at one point for Grace, in fact I started talking to the book/author, saying you better not and thank goodness they listened to me. Gino and Leo's case seemed pretty straight forward at the start, but the more they dug the The Monkeewrench guys were doing their thing helping out and everyone was giving Grace the side eye wondering if today was going to be baby day. The later was fun to see how everyone acted around Grace. Some of them tip-toed, some just took her like normal. I was a bit worried at one point for Grace, in fact I started talking to the book/author, saying you better not and thank goodness they listened to me. Gino and Leo's case seemed pretty straight forward at the start, but the more they dug the more they found and things became anything but easy. By the end I found myself shaking my head. So many people paid a high price for stupid reasons. I think Gino and Leo are right, Rosalie would be ok, forever marked but ok. I loved the quiet family time at the end, loved that maybe some of our characters have found peace.
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