Off the Grid (Monkeewrench #6) by PJ Tracy

Off the Grid (Monkeewrench #6) by PJ Tracy
Putnam/August 2nd, 2012
Kind thanks to Putnam for providing a review copy

On a sailboat ten miles off the Florida Keys, Grace MacBride, partner in Monkeewrench Software, thwarts an assassination attempt on retired FBI agent John Smith. A few hours later, in Minneapolis, a fifteen-year-old girl is found in a vacant lot, her throat slashed.
Later that morning, two young men are found in their home a few blocks away, killed execution style. The next morning, three more men are found savagely murdered in the same neighborhood.
As Minneapolis homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth struggle to link the crime scenes, they discover that there have been similar murders in other cities across the United States. Piece by piece, evidence accumulates, pointing to a suspect whose identity shocks them to the core, uncovering a motive that puts the entire Midwest on high alert and Monkeewrench in the direct line of fire. Before it’s all over, Grace and her partners, Annie, Roadrunner, and Harley Davidson, find themselves in the middle of a shocking collision of violence on a remote northern Minnesota Indian reservation, fighting for their lives.

When we last left the Monkeewrench crew, Grace McBride made the shocking decision to set sail with 20 years her senior FBI agent John Smith. After 3 months of sun in the Florida Keys, Grace finds herself facing down two men who have boarded the boat with the seemingly single motive of killing John. John has no idea why anyone would be gunning for him, so Grace contacts the team for help, as John goes off the grid. Meanwhile, Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth find themselves at a crime scene where the body of a young girl lies, her throat slashed. Soon, more bodies, and illegal weapons, are piling up, and there seems to be a connection. It will take the full resources of the police, the FBI, and Monkeewrench to figure this one out, but at what cost?

I admit, when I found out that Off the Grid was coming out, I had to stifle a fangirl squee. Ok, I may not have stifled it. It’s been 8 years since the wonderful Monkeewrench (book 1), and 2 years since the last book was out, so this one was very eagerly awaited. The authors are on their game, as usual, and Off the Grid is more than just a murder mystery. When Magozzi and Rolseth start putting the pieces together, and other crimes start popping up in other cities that are very similar to their cases, it’s obvious something very big is happening. They’re on the clock, and time is running out. So,the attack on John has brought Grace back to Minnesota and back into Magozzi’s life, a big group of baddies are after John, but nobody knows why, and it seems like something really big might be going down on Halloween, only a few days away. But what, and where? Off the Grid was a nonstop roller coaster ride from start to finish, and unlike previous books, the focus was more on Detectives Rolseth and Magozzi rather than the Monkeewrench crew, but that’s ok, because I loves me some Gino and Magozzi. I was hoping that we’d get some quality Grace and Magozzi time, but with everything going on, it just wasn’t to be. Maybe in the next book? Off the Grid was lots of fun and I couldn’t be happier to have the gang back! Can’t wait for the next one!

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