Live Bait is the second novel in PJ Tracy's Gino and Magozzi thriller series.
When elderly Morey Gilbert is found, lying dead in the grass by his wife, Lily, it's a tragedy, but it shouldn't have been a shock - old people die. But when she finds a bullet hole in his skull, the blood washed away by heavy rain, sadness turns to fear. It looks like an execution . . .
Soon a whole city is fearful as new victims are found, killed with the same cold precision. All elderly. All apparently blameless.
Detectives Gino and Magozzi, race to uncover a connection and their best hope of doing so may be Grace McBride, beautiful, damaged survivor of an earlier killing spree. And the answers, it seems, are buried in a terrible past.
Grace MacBride and Detectives Gino and Magozzi are back in PJ Tracy's Live Bait, the follow-up to debut Want to Play? Live Bait is an exciting thriller that explores the chilling extremes of evil and retribution, and is followed in the series by Dead Run and Snow Blind. Fans of Karen Rose should be paying attention.
Praise for PJ Tracy:
'Her second offering doesn't disappoint. Vivid scenes, realistic characters and humorous dialogue' Time Out
'A fast-paced, gripping read with thrills and devilish twists' Guardian
PJ Tracy is the pseudonynm for the mother-and-daughter writing team of P.J. and Traci Lambrecht.They are the authors of the award-winning and bestselling thrillers Live Bait, Dead Run, Snow Blind, Play to Kill, the Richard and Judy Book Club pick Want to Play? and Two Evils. All six books feature detectives Gino and Magozzi and maverick computer hacker Grace McBride, and are available from Penguin in paperback and ebook. P.J. and Traci both live near Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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After a well-received debut novel the follow-up is always a mighty mountain to climb. Those who enjoyed the first book want the upward trajectory to be maintained, but we all fear a loss of momentum. PJ Tracy's Live Bait proves one thing conclusively: that the phenomenal Want to Play? was no fluke, and that in Tracy we have an American suspense writer with all the credentials to sit firmly in the upper echelons of top crime novelists.
That first book had critics rooting through their lexicons to come up with new ways of saying just how edge-of-the-seat it was, and if the new novel doesn't deliver quite the same levels of tension, that may be because Tracy has other fish to fry here than simply raising the pulse rate of the reader. Lily Gilbert stumbles across the body of her husband Morey in a field, shot through the brain, her grief is matched by shock at the execution-style death. Soon, other murders are happening with the same ruthless precision: old people are being dispatched in the same cool-headed fashion, and the victims appear to have led lives that hardly invited their violent ends. Assigned to solve the deaths are Detectives Rolseth and Magozzi, two very different individuals whose quirky method of working together produces only fitful success--until they light upon the attractive Grace McBride, who has managed to live through a previous bout of bloodletting. But can Grace lead the duo to the answers before more people die? And what are the consequences of delving into some very dark secrets?
If the slow-burn tension here is more tantalisingly handled than in the first book, that doesn't bespeak a faltering grip on Tracy's part: the agenda here is clearly the steady, methodical accruing of detail (in terms of both plot and characterisation) that pays handsome dividends, even if Tracy stretches our patience to audacious limits. Once again, we have the brilliantly observed character building and Hitchcockian assaults on the reader's sensibility. The suspense now is... can the third Tracy novel top its predecessors? --Barry Forshaw
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Book Description Penguin Books, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0141011335
Book Description Penguin Books, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110141011335