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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (31 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141030275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141030272
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 291,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Please note: This book has also been published under the title Shoot to Thrill. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Outrageously suspenseful (Harlan Coben)

A fast-paced gripping read with thrills and devilish twists (Guardian)

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Belfast Dave VINE VOICE on 14 May 2010
Format: Hardcover
Like the other reviewers I have been a real fan of these authors and their "Monkeewrench" series. What went wrong with this book is any ones guess. It really pains me to knock any book by P.J. Tracy as I have read all of their previous novels with glee, knowing that as a reader, I was in for a real treat, but "Play To Kill" failed me in every way. No real development of the regular characters, ridiculous killers and sub-plots that are left hanging as the story hurtles to an unbelievable and very hurried ending. This mother and daughter writing team do not publish very often so I would have thought they would have crossed their "t's" and dotted their "I's" with as much precision as in their previous novels. Hang on for the paperback version if you are intent on reading this book, or give it a miss completely and see what their next offering delivers. You wont have missed very much.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Priscilla J. Larkin on 7 May 2010
Format: Hardcover
Like many others I have to say that I was looking forward to this book but unfortunately I was very dissapointed. I still like the characters and was looking forward to some more secrets being revealed about Annie, Grace, Harley and Roadrunner but nothing happened. Also some more affection from Grace towards Leo could be appreciated as the man is slowly turning from a sexy alpha male into a doormat! Sorry PJ but that is how I feel. Hope the next one will be better. I feel a bit cheated with this book as an avid fan to the series. This book just doesn't deliver.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Phil Robertshaw VINE VOICE on 19 July 2010
Format: Hardcover
PJ and Traci Lambrecht's Monkeewrench series has, to date, been one of the stand out crime series of the past decade. Some readers felt that previous novel Snow Blind marked the start of a downturn, and while I didn't agree, unfortunately it has to be acknowledged that Play To Kill does not live up to the same high standards of the previous books in the series.

So, why? Well, we still have the excellent detective duo of Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth. Check. We have much more of the Monkeewrench team than in Snow Blind. Check. We have a plot that makes sense and is exciting... no, hang on. This is where it starts to unravel.

The principal problem with Snow Blind can be traced to two sources. One is the introduction of FBI agent John Smith to the team. The previous novels worked so well because Grace Macbride and her team of computer experts worked completely independently, Grace's on-off relationship with Magozzi providing the crucial link. But here, Smith rather gets in the way. For a supposedly experienced FBI agent, he seems remarkably naive about the investigative process (at one point, he realises he's learned more in two minutes watching Magozzi and Rolseth than in several years previously).

And there's another big problem here. The story inexplicably meanders into a subplot about bombs being planted all over the city. This could have been the basis for an entire novel, but here it's all treated rather casually and feels very much like the writers were running out of ideas. Either that or they had too many ideas, wanted to get this plot in there somewhere, and were worried that they wouldn't get commissioned to write another book.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. Tevendale on 27 April 2010
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed the other books from these writers but the latest offering is well below standard. It feels rather like they had a good idea and then rushed to meet a deadline. The editing is sloppy and my (hardback) copy has dozens of typographical errors including a stray "I" and additional apostrophes - things not picked up by a standard spell check. However, the greatest problem is the clunky dialogue which is lots and lots of "cop speak" without any real purpose - it neither illuminates character nor advances the plot - it simply makes the writers look like they had run out of ideas and were filing up pages. There is a very odd plot in the middle where bombs are placed around the city and which seems to be treated as a bit of a joke by everyone, including those making the arrests. The "bad" guy, who isn't really so bad, is obvious from the second page and the plot has holes in it big enough to drive a truck through. A new character, Agent Smith, could be really interesting but is not allowed time to develop and the Monkeewrench people are not given enough space or time to make us interested in them again. I am fed up with this happening. Established writers trade on their names and make money out of those who enjoy their work by churning out rubbish. Their editors should have spent time editing and should have sent this one back for a serious re-write. I hope they can do better next time.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lyndsey Davies on 7 Jun. 2010
Format: Paperback
Would advise people to wait and buy this at car boots or get it at the local library. Was so happy to see a new one that I bought it straight away without even looking for it cheaper elsewhere.I managed to work out who the killer was and suddenly the story line went off on another case then quickly summed up the story in a few pages. Don't normally do reviews butthought I save someone money and stop them being disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Watson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Jun. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Thank goodness I was given this book and did not waste my money, as I was planning to do. It seems we've waited a very long time for this release and, like many others, I was expecting a great follow-on read. Not so. Not so at all. In fact, it seems to have been written by a mal-adjusted computer instead of the usually very reliable mother and daughter team.

Given the very badly constructed plot, the lack of involvement by our regular `good guys' and a storyline which goes absolutely nowhere sensibly, leaves me wondering why anybody bothered. The characters are unbelievable, their actions and attitudes are incomprehensible; it's all the more galling since the previous stories have been gripping, tense, leaving the reader wanting more.

I really hate to mark down a book from a topline team but both the authors and the editorial team should step back and think again if they are going to keep their loyal readers, especially those who would normally buy a hardback. I couldn't give it 1-1/2 marks and, on reflection, it wasn't quite as bad as another book I recently reviewed, so I rounded it up. Nonetheless, I've given this book away to a charity shop. I hope they don't charge for it either.
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