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P. J. Tracy
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1 Aug 2013

Two Evils is the latest Gino and Magozzi thriller from bestseller PJ Tracy.

As the nights draw in so the killings begin . . .

A missing girl is found dead in a parking lot, her throat cut. Two young immigrants are gunned down in their apartment. And with each passing day the body count rises . . .

For Minneapolis homicide detectives Gino and Magozzi it seems that this autumn the bodies are falling faster than the leaves. With few leads to go on, yet evidence that these killings are linked to others taking place in other cities, the pair turn to Grace McBride, maverick computer analyst.

What Grace uncovers forces Gino and Magozzi to make a dreadful and fateful choice: down which twisted path does the lesser of two evils lie . . .

PJ Tracy fans will not be disappointed with Two Evils. Like Dead Run, Live Bait and Play to Kill before it, Two Evils sparks with crackling dialogue and an ingenious plot, as Grace MacBride, Gino and Magozzi are reunited. Fans of Tess Gerritsen, Karen Rose and Lisa Gardiner should sit up and pay attention.

Praise for PJ Tracy:

'Outrageously suspenseful' Harlan Coben

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

'A powerful thriller and an ingenious plot' Observer

P.J. 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 and the Richard and Judy Book Club pick Want to Play? All five books feature detectives Gino and Magozzi and maverick computer hacker Grace McBride. P.J. and Traci both live near Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (1 Aug 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0141030283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141030289
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Outrageously suspenseful (Harlan Coben)

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

All of the elements that made the previous books under the Tracy banner so successful are in evidence in Two Evils... plotting of immense ingenuity and the authors' gift for genuinely speakable, sardonic dialogue (welovethisbook.com)

A truly brilliant crime thriller, fast-paced and edgy, full of deception and retribution with the essential incredible twist! (Newmarket Journal)

A powerful thriller and an ingenious plot (Observer Review)

Some of the best new blood work in the genre . . . Scary funny, witty, and genuinely perplexing right to the end (Glasgow Herald)

About the Author

PJ Tracy is a pseudonym for the mother and daughter writing team of P.J. and Traci Lambrecht. They are the authors of bestselling thrillers Play to Kill, Want to Play?, Live Bait, Dead Run and Snow Blind.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very welcome return to Gino And Magozzi 10 Feb 2013
By Marleen TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
I received my copy from Michael Joseph through Nudge and rated it 4.5 stars.

Grace MacBride is on an extended sailing trip with retired FBI agent John Smith when he is attacked in the middle of the night while they are in the Florida Keys. And this isn't a random attack; the two men Grace is forced to shoot and kill had a photo of John on them. Meanwhile in Minneapolis a missing Native American teenage girl is found with her throat slashed in a parking lot. The four young girls who went missing with her are found, alive, when the police stumble on the bodies of two Somali men during a house to house investigation. And while the reader knows who shot those men, the investigators have no idea. Just as they have no idea why a young man, in the later stages of cancer, would have ended up in a fatal gunfight with two other Somali men. And when they find a room full of heavy duty weapons and explosives in the house in front of which the three men died, the questions only increase, as does the sense of panic. Something big is about to go down in just a few days time but what it might be is just as unclear as how it is connected to further incidents.

This is a book with a lot of apparently unconnected story-lines, and for a long time it is hard to figure out what exactly is going on. In fact, there is so much happening and so many characters and locations are involved that this is a thriller with a very long build-up. This doesn't mean this book has a boring or slow start though; the action kicks off on the very first page and doesn't let up until the last one. What is unclear though is how everything that is taking place is connected.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Want To Read? 18 Jan 2013
By Gee
Format:Hardcover
TWO EVILS - P.J.TRACY

I'm no stranger to P.J.Tracy, Grace MacBride and the Monkeywrench crew so I kind of knew what to expect with this and I wasn't disappointed. The book gets off to a rollicking start, two dead bodies already by page 6 and that's just for starters.
It's an easy read in many respects, undemanding and a paradoxical predictability for you don't know what's going to happen as the plot unfolds but you know the direction its going to take. There will be a big part played by computers, Grace and the gang will be placed in situations of extreme danger and the cops and the FBI will try and sort things out. It's a bit like the Famous Five for grown ups but the lashings aren't ginger beer........
I think that one of the dangers of two people writing the same book is you get double the plot complexity and characterisations so you have to stay on top of this to keep hold of the unravelling of exactly what's going on. I don't want this to be a spoiler so I'll say no more.
It's an easy, absorbing read; it doesn't matter if you're unfamiliar with this series of books. Whilst the characters have quirks aplenty they lack the depth of say a Tony Hill or a Harry Hole but if you enjoy a good ole crime yarn then you'll enjoy this.
If you're looking for more hen go elsewhere, there's the occasional attempt at social commentary but for me it never quite works. And there's no need for it to this is a story that works and is simply a book to be enjoyed. End of.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly straightforward 17 Jan 2013
By Anne TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
At the end of the previous book in this series Grace MacBride sailed away with ex-FBI agent John Smith. Three months later she is relaxed and recovered, with a significant reduction in her paranoia, until their boat is boarded at night by two men who intend to kill John. Meanwhile, Gino and Magozzi and the rest of the Monkeewrench team are involved in the aftermath of two killings in the city and their possible connection with John Smith.

This is a book about the American War on Terror and domestic terrorism. It isn't very sophisticated in its politics and the bad guys (all Muslims) are not personified in any way - the action and the characterisation lies solely with those who oppose them, in whatever way. This made me, and might make a British reader who also doesn't share the admiration for the American military that it is shown in this book, a little uncomfortable. The moral dilemma that is present here is about whether it is acceptable to use unlawful methods to oppose terrorists and not in any way about the aims, objectives or feelings of the terrorists themselves.

The characterisation of the law enforcement officers and the Monkeewrench team is beautifully done. New characters are added and existing characters develop. The Grace/Magozzi relationship becomes even more complicated, Gino displays a range of interesting phobias, more hints are given about a possible future for Harley and Annie, and some new Native American characters and ex-soldiers become part of the story. You don't have to have read earlier books about the same characters but if you have it adds depth to your reading and enjoyment.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing... 18 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As a big PJ Tracy fan, I have to say that this book was a let down compared to the other books in the series.

The book felt incredibly short with no real twists or turns but a very simple plot that was obvious from a mile away. Two Evils lacked the suspense and tension that was clearly evident in the earlier books and in the end it felt like a half-hearted effort.

All of the main characters were involved but there was no real character development but rather a rehash of the information a reader would already know if they read any of the previous novels. Whilst I can appreciate that introducing a character to a new reader is necessary to provide some sort of back story, it quickly became frustrating.

As much as I was looking forward to this entry into the series, the only word that can describe it is disappointing. I was annoyed to find out that it was released in mid-2012 in the US and for whatever reason, took an extra six months to be released in the UK.

Without going into a lot of depth about the plot (this is covered pretty well in other reviews), I would recommend that anyone reading a PJ Tracy book for the first time go look for one of the earlier entries in the series (Play to Kill is a great book). For others that have read the other books in the series, don't expect a great out of this entry. It feels like the authors just called this one in...
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Published 10 hours ago by Angela Goring
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent as always from p j Tracy
Published 4 days ago by V. BUTT
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
As gripping as always. Another great monkeewrench story tracey writes another great read that will have you gripped as always.
Published 8 days ago by Louise Hodson
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast, pacy but .....
I really can't decide what it is that's missing from this book but something is.
Don't get me wrong, it's good, it's pacy and it's a page turner but there is something... Read more
Published 16 days ago by JAYESSE
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Evils
Someone is removing the riff raff and downright nasty from the streets, bringing them to the attention of the police, and no one knows who or why. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Mrs. Penelope J. Jaquet
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Caught up in the series
Published 1 month ago by Elsa Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars best of it's genre
love this series. this book did not disappoint although I still think the first 4 books were better than this one and the last one.
I think this is related to the characters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Emilie Ruff
5.0 out of 5 stars another good read from P
another good read from P.J.Tracy was sad when it ended, I have read all their others, just need some more new ones!
Published 1 month ago by patsi
4.0 out of 5 stars Tracy continues to deliver
The real strength of the Monkeywrench novels lies in the characterisation: the people are so vibrantly real that you really know and care about them, especially after all these... Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. B. Kelly
2.0 out of 5 stars Agreed very disappointing
Started off well enough but with quite a few pages of unnecessary detail. Later on became reasonably exciting when they were all on the run but tailed off like a damp squib when... Read more
Published 3 months ago by ANNIE B
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