Thursday, August 26, 2010

Shoot to Thrill

Shoot to Thrill
by P.J. Tracy

Ah, the Monkeewrench Gang. They are some of my favorite fictional characters. Grace McBride and her geek friends made themselves wealthy creating and selling software for children under the name of Monkeewrench. Now they use their tech skills to help law enforcement agencies track down criminals. The four friends could not be more different in appearance and personality. Grace is mysterious and aloof. Annie Belinski is a voluptuous siren. Pony-tailed Harley Davidson rides his namesake. Roadrunner is a beanpole of a man that bikes everywhere. In each book they team up with likeable Minneapolis police detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth. The basis of Shoot to Thrill is the dark side of what people can do with the Internet. A traveling serial killer is filming people as he murders them and posts the videos on the Internet. These gruesome postings have attracted the attention of the FBI's Cybercrimes division. The FBI isn't able to track down the source of the videos because the person posting them is using sophisticated masking techniques. The FBI, in the form of Special Agent John Smith, is assigned to monitor the Monkeewrench Gang as they track down the killer. Harley Davidson, whose Minneapolis mansion houses the Monkeewrench offices, is not at all pleased about having the FBI looking over their shoulders because they break numerous laws when they solve crimes. This is the fifth book in this witty series by the mother-daughter writing team of Patricia J. and Traci Lambert. The technological descriptions are not too technical nor are they oversimplified. [If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try the works of Brian Freeman, Julie Kramer or Linwood Barclay.] -- recommended by Donna G. - Virtual Services Department

[Also available in book-on-cd format.]

[ official P.J. Tracy web site ]

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