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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (6 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141011327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141011325
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.1 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

'A thrilling page-turner with a nail-biting finish' -- Sunday Telegraph

'Outrageously suspenseful...The thriller debut of the year' -- Harlen Coben

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P.J. Tracy is a Hollywood scriptwriter. Want to Play? is her first thriller.

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77 of 82 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 July 2004
Format: Paperback
I lent this book to my mum without reading it first. She spent her journey home from holiday immersed in it and handed it right back, enthusiastically singing its praises. I read this later that same week over the course of a return train journey to London and was gripped from the first page.
The dialogue is crisp, sharp, witty and downright funny in many places. There isn't one character that can't bring banter into play, but none of it is at the expense of the story. The characters are so well drawn that you can visualise each individual with no problem. These are characters in whose lives you become rapidly enmeshed. The authors have created strong protagonists in Detective Magozzi and Sherriff Halloran that could carry a novel each, never mind eventually combining in one novel.
The female characters are also well rounded, strong characters, not the token women you sometimes find hovering round the edges of some crime fiction. Even the large list of secondary characters each have their own distinctive voices and, given the sheer number of people in this book, that's a hard task in itself.
This is a high standard debut novel, well worth the cover price. If you like detective stories set in the USA, this is the book for you. If you just like well-written, pacy novels, then this is for you too. A definite treat.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Oct 2004
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I bought this book based on the back page resume (which got me interested), and two excellent UK broadsheet recommendations listed below it... and they were spot on. This is an excellent first book from P.J. Tracy, I could hardly put it down.
Essentially it's a U.S. based murder story, however the killings are not normal. A team of PC game designers have created a new computer game involving some pretty nasty murders... however a real life killer has started to re-created them copycat style.
At first the Police struggle to achieve a breakthrough, despite being contacted by the game developers who can provide chilling details of the 'next' murder, however soon they are on a trail that even they find hard to follow.
This book may be a debut novel, but it is brilliantly written. The tention is fantastic as the Police try to track down the killer with the help of the games team, who also appear to have something to hide. The various key characters are developed superbly, and the occasional humour certainly made me chuckle.
I really enjoyed this book, from cover to cover, and possibly the best endorsement I can make is that all I've done since I finished it is to think of the actors/actresses who I think would be perfect for the film role... and I'm certain there will be a film.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J G Green on 3 Jun 2005
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I started this book and stopped after a few chapters as I found it hard going. I returned to it after a few months and I was glad I did. After a few chapters its grips you until the great ending. Hours flew by and I was sorry to see the book end.
Engrousing, totally obsorbing. Leaves you with a wow factor and looking forward to the next book " Live bait" which the book has a few sample chapters of.
If you like Mc Dermid or Cornwell try this, not the same but somehow satisfying. Leaves you a great feel good factor.
The twists the turns the un expected plot untangles the ending is so unexpected but logically correct. You think you have predicted the ending but not quite.
If the next novels are as good, Wow!
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Iain O'Donnell on 27 Jan 2004
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From being one of Patricia Cornwall, Dennis Lehane, Harold Coburn & one of my favourite John Grisham authors avid readers I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I thoroughly enjoyed this book & the writing quality of P.J Tracy, especially for a first time novelist.
Having found how hard it was to describe this book to my own satisfaction for this review I can not imagine how mush effort, time, anger & frustration she must have put into it to get it to this high quality & excellence. I would not be lying if I stated that I think it is one of the best-written books I have read.
Below are some of my own views on it. If you have not read the book I would strongly suggest you do so & if you have read it I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
This is a book I have found myself recommending to family & friends & also telling them to watch out for it becoming a film as I can see the actors already playing the parts.
From the get go you are so engrossed in the characters & the way they live there lives in the adversity that is facing them now & in the past which we find out throughout this book. I found myself having to read more & more of this book so that I would know who the murderer was & the motive behind it. Thankfully the surprise is well worth waiting for.
It is like the first Patricia Cornwall books where you are unable to put it down as you start to wonder is it him or her. I found myself going through all the characters thinking that it was they & that was the reason.
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