Dead Run (Monkeewrench Series #3)

Dead Run (Monkeewrench Series #3)

by P. J. Tracy


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Computer game company founders Grace MacBride and Annie Belinsky—along with Wisconsin deputy Sharon Mueller—are en route to Green Bay, following reports of a serial killer, when their car breaks down deep in the northern woods. A short walk through the forest leads them to the eerily quiet town of Four Corners, where they find severed phone lines and a complete absence of any life. But the quiet is deceptive. Before they know it, they witness a horrifying double murder—and discover that this is only the beginning of a race to save their own lives…and countless others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399152467
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 04/21/2005
Series: Monkeewrench Series , #3
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.18(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.18(d)
Age Range: 14 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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Dead Run 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Refill More than 1 year ago
One. Two. THREE! Maybe it takes a few tries to get it right, and that allows someone the time needed to hone their characters and storylines the right way. Whatever the reason, P.J. Tracy nailed it in the third book in the "Monkeewrench" series. A novel that both begins and is mostly set in a small town that provides very effective atmosphere, it grabs you with an intriguing start that sets the tone for what is a suspenseful and addictive plot where three characters that we've gotten to know fight an unexpected enemy. I had a ball reading this book and other than some very small details that aren't even worth mentioning because they don't take away from the interesting storyline, there's really not much to complain about. I highly recommend this book for anybody looking for a good suspenseful read. Bravo for keeping me on my toes during this entertaining novel. Enjoy. Enjoy. ENJOY! 4.5 stars out of 5.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am telling you, I could not put this book down! A friend of mine at work told me about their books, and I've read every one except Snowblind and will start on that one tomorrow! This was an edge of your seat thriller! I can't imagine anyone not liking this book. Buy all of these books, you won't be sorry!
Andrew_of_Dunedin 5 months ago
Monkeewrench. The computer genius crew, along with a few friends on the “official” police force and FBI, have been good at solving extraordinary crimes by accessing various data sources (some even legally) and performing analyses on the data. BUT … what if they physically find themselves in the middle of a mystery? Without a server, or a laptop, or even a cell phone at their disposal? And, even if they did, discovering that the barebones cell service they MIGHT be able to use is probably monitored by the very forces they're trying to evade. “Dead Run” is not a typical Monkeewrench novel. For that reason, some fans tuned out almost immediately. However, those that stayed around for the ride were treated to a most unusual and page turning novel. As Rod Serling might have said, “Picture, if you will … a small town in Wisconsin. A town with buildings. But no people. And no animals. And no vehicles. ...” This is the situation that Grace McBride and Annie Blinsky find themselves in, along with former-deputy now-FBI Sharon Mueller. If they DO find anyone, is that person potential help? Someone NEEDING help? Or the CAUSE of the situation? As the nature of the situation came to light, I thought it a bit far-fetched. HOWEVER – so what? The book was a page-turner; I didn't know what was going to happen next even once I figured out what was happening – and who the (relative) good guys were as opposed to the bad guys!! RATING: 4 1/2 stars, rounded up to 5 stars when 1/2 stars are unavailable. It kept my attention and it's stuck with me, weeks after I finished the book.
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Grace and Annie accompany deputy Sharon Mueller on a road trip to green bay to investigate a possible serial murderer, they unexpectedly get lost. When they walk into what appears to be a ghost town, they quickly discover that they are being hunted as witnesses to the fallout of a poison gas `accident¿. It¿s Leo and Gino to the rescue again, but the women are forced to endure some pretty ugly stuff before their ordeal is over. Incredibly tense ¿ I liked this one a lot.
punxsygal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This exciting third volume in the Monkeewrench series finds Grace McBride and Annie Belinsky, two of the Monkeewrench computer game company, and Sharon Mueller, a Wisconsin deputy, driving from s Minnesota to Green Bay, Wisconsin to help with a serial killer case. During the drive they take a side trip to see a tourist attraction barn, after which they start driving back roads in the northern woods. When their car breaks down, and their cell phones are in a dead zone (mine never works up there, either), they walk to Four Corners, a strangely quiet town. There are no signs of life in the town, the phone lines are cut and, shortly, they find themselves running for their lives. And I found myself racing through the book to find out what happened in Four Corners.
bookwitch24 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another interesting plot line, where you never know what¿s going to happen next. You get to learn more about the Monkeewrench crew and what makes them tick. A great read.
SandyLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
DEAD RUN is the third in the Monkeewrench series which features Grace MacBride and her three computer whiz cohorts. In this installment Grace and her partner, Annie Belinsky, along with a Wisconsin deputy, are headed to Green Bay to help in an investigation of a serial killer when their car breaks down. A short cut through a forest finds them in the small town of Four Corners where not one resident is around, much less any sign of life...not a bird, insect or animal. Meanwhile detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth as well as Grace¿s other two partners at Monkeewrench soon realize the women have not arrived in Green Bay. The women know there is something sinister happening in Four Corners and it¿s a race to discover what really happened and what else is planned for two other towns.
bookappeal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fast-paced thriller full of suspense and clock-ticking danger but with female protagonists who inject moments of camaraderie and humor. Grace and Annie join FBi agent Sharon Mueller on a trip to remote Wisconsin. When their car breaks down, they walk to a mysteriously abandoned town where they find themselves right in the middle of danger. With no means of escape, the women use their wits to avoid detection and form a plan. Another solid entry in the Monkeewrench seires.
woolenough on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite of the four current Monkeewrench novels by P. J. Tracy. The first book introduced the series' classic character sets: urban cops, rural cops, and computer nerds. Adding the FBI, some home-grown terrorists, and sundry other state and federal agencies to the mix, "Dead Run" deploys them over the Minnesota countryside to great effect. The story begins when an FBI agent and two computer nerds stumble upon an apparently deserted town after their car breaks down. The three ladies soon find themselves cut off, on the run, and committed to defusing a terror initiative. In the outside world, their friends are alarmed at their disappearance and set out to find them. Will the two groups get together in time? Will they foil the terrorists? No spoilers here; read the book. One of the great delights of this book, as well as the others in the series, is the crisp and stylish writing. Thrillers with such exciting plots and engaging characters too often force their readers to endure spells of leaden dialog and tedious explanation of complicated plot twists. Not so with the Monkeewrench books. The story zooms along, nicely spiced with humor, and all loose ends are quickly and firmly tied.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disjointed plot. Too many characters. Poor plotting. How did this mess get published. Were these authors on crack?
reannon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another in the excellent Monkeewrench series. Like the others, it has a unique plot and great characters. The plot is very sad, though, almost unbearably so.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This really has to be read to believe how good the charactures, plot, writting, everything in this sieres is.I bought every one of them after reading their first book Monkrywrench
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The best so far in the series.  If you enjoyed the first two, you'll love this one!
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Very good book, easy read, gets you hooked right away.
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enjoyed this book very much. Getting to know these characters has been fun - they are enough off-beat to be interesting. After reading the second book by these authors, I am anxious to read the next one. With all of the different characters there are endless possibilities for interaction among them.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read from these authors and although it had me ploughing through to the end, the writing itself didn't do much for me. The beginning was a little confusing too many characters. The ending was unique and not Hollywood-ized. If a screenwriter got ahold of this, picked out the best parts, I think it would be a great movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dead Run was one of the best books i have read in a long time. Every page is filled with crime, thrill and you never know whats coming your way next. P. J.Tracy can write thriller books like no other and you will not be able to put it down once you start. I highly recomend this novel to anyone seeking a kind of thrill you can only get by the unknown.Read it, you will not regret it.