The Sixth Idea (Monkeewrench – 7) by PJ Tracy
The Monkeewrench crew returns in a twisty, heart-stopping new thriller.
The peaceful Christmas season in Minneapolis is shattered when two friends, Chuck Spencer and Wally Luntz, scheduled to meet in person for the first time, are murdered on the same night, two hours and several miles apart, dramatically concluding winter vacation for homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth.
An hour north of Minneapolis, Lydia Ascher comes home to find two dead men in her basement. When Leo and Gino discover her connection to their current cases, they suspect that she is a target, too. The same day, an elderly, terminally ill man is kidnapped from his home, an Alzheimer’s patient goes missing from his care facility, and a baffling link among all the crimes emerges.
This series of inexplicable events sends the detectives sixty years into the past to search for answers—and straight to Grace MacBride’s Monkeewrench, a group of eccentric computer geniuses who devote their time and resources to helping the cops solve the unsolvable. What they find is an unimaginable horror—a dormant Armageddon that might be activated at any moment unless Grace and her partners Annie, Roadrunner, and Harley Davidson, along with Leo and Gino, can find a way to stop it.
An elderly terminally ill man and an Alzheimer’s patient are kidnapped. Two men that are planning on meeting are murdered. Lydia Ascher called the police to say that she found the two men in her basement. The police find a connection between her and the men and put her in protective custody. Detectives Gino and Leo call in the Monkeewrench team to help them keep Lydia safe and to figure out what is going on. The team finds a connection with some scientists that were working on a hydrogen bomb and EMPs during World War II. It seems that someone wants to bring this research to the present day and it’s up to the Monkeewrench team to stop them.
There is a lot of action in the story as the team rush to figure out why people are being kidnapped or killed. I liked how everything linked together. The one thing that did get to me was why start killing and kidnapping the people when they could have just progressed with the plan and I doubt anyone would have been the wiser.
Anyway, I did really like this story, I have been meaning to read the Monkeewrench series and now I will have to go back to the beginning and catch up on what I have missed.
I received The Sixth Idea for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.