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P. J. Tracy - Author

About the Author

P. J. Tracy lives in America. Want to Play? was her first novel. PJ Tracy is a pseudonym for mother/daughter writing team.

P. J. Lambrecht is a college dropout with one of the largest collections of sweatpants in the world. She was raised in an upper-middle class family of very nice people, and turned to writing to escape the hardships of such a life. She had her first short story published in The Saturday Evening Post when Traci was eight, still mercifully oblivious to her mother's plans to eventually trick her into joining the family business. She has been a moderately successfully free-lance writer ever since, although she has absolutely no qualifications for such a profession, except a penchant for lying.

Traci Lambrecht spent most of her childhood riding and showing horses. She graduated with a Russian Studies major from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where she also studied voice. Her aspirations of becoming a spy were dashed when the Cold War ended, so she instead attempted briefly and unsuccessfully to import Eastern European folk art. She began writing to finance her annoying habits of travel and singing in rock bands, and much to her mother's relief, finally realized that the written word was her true calling. They have been writing together ever since. Traci now lives in Southern California and divides her time between there, Minneapolis and Aspen.

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Featured books by P. J. Tracy

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Ice Cold Heart

Ice Cold Heart

Author: P. J. Tracy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2019

The gripping new thriller in P. J. Tracy's Twin Cities series. On a bitterly cold winter night, Kelly Ramage leaves her suburban home, telling her husband she's going to meet a friend. She never comes back. When her body is discovered, murdered in what seems to be a sex game gone horribly wrong, Detectives Gino and Magozzi take the case, expecting to find a flirtatious trail leading straight to the killer. However, Kelly's sinister lover has done a disturbingly good job of hiding his identity. This isn't his first victim - and that she won't be the last...

Ice Cold Heart

Ice Cold Heart

Author: P. J. Tracy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2019

The gripping new thriller in P. J. Tracy's Twin Cities series. On a bitterly cold winter night, Kelly Ramage leaves her suburban home, telling her husband she's going to meet a friend. She never comes back. When her body is discovered, murdered in what seems to be a sex game gone horribly wrong, Detectives Gino and Magozzi take the case, expecting to find a flirtatious trail leading straight to the killer. However, Kelly's sinister lover has done a disturbingly good job of hiding his identity. This isn't his first victim - and that she won't be the last...

Ice Cold Heart

Ice Cold Heart

Author: P. J. Tracy Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/08/2019

The gripping new thriller in P. J. Tracy's Twin Cities series, coming in Summer 2019 On a bitterly cold winter night, Kelly Ramage leaves her suburban home, telling her husband she's going to meet a friend. She never comes back. When her body is discovered, murdered in what seems to be a sex game gone horribly wrong, Detectives Gino and Magozzi take the case, expecting to find a flirtatious trail leading straight to the killer. However, Kelly's sinister lover has done a disturbingly good job of hiding his identity. This isn't his first victim - and that she won't be the last...

Ice Cold Heart

Ice Cold Heart

Author: P. J. Tracy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/08/2019

The gripping new thriller in P. J. Tracy's Twin Cities series, coming in Summer 2019 On a bitterly cold winter night, Kelly Ramage leaves her suburban home, telling her husband she's going to meet a friend. She never comes back. When her body is discovered, murdered in what seems to be a sex game gone horribly wrong, Detectives Gino and Magozzi take the case, expecting to find a flirtatious trail leading straight to the killer. However, Kelly's sinister lover has done a disturbingly good job of hiding his identity, which is when it becomes clear that she isn't his first victim - and that she won't be the last...

The Guilty Dead

The Guilty Dead

Author: P. J. Tracy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2018

The Guilty Dead is the ninth book in P.J. Tracy's addictive and internationally bestselling Twin Cities series. Gregory Norwood, wealthy businessman and close friend of Minnesota's leading candidate for Governor, is found dead on the first anniversary of his son's drug overdose. It seems clear to Detectives Gino and Magozzi that grief drove him to suicide. Until they realise the left-handed man seems to have used his right hand to pull the trigger. And they find the second body. As the seemingly open-and-shut case becomes a murder enquiry, the detectives begin to delve into the dark secrets of one of the city's most powerful families. It seems the murders are not the first in the Norwoods' tragic story - and they won't be the last . . . PRAISE FOR P. J. TRACY: 'Outrageously suspenseful' Harlan Coben 'A fast-paced gripping read with thrills and devilish twists' Guardian 'A powerful thriller and an ingenious plot' Observer Review

Guilty Dead

Guilty Dead

Author: P. J. Tracy Format: eBook Release Date: 11/09/2018

New York Times bestselling author P. J. Tracy is back with the most addictive installment in her award-winning mystery series.Dead men tell no tales...but their pasts can't keep a secret.Gregory Norwood is Minnesota's most beloved philanthropist, and the story of his son's overdose was splashed across the front page of all the papers. When a photojournalist sets out to get a candid shot of the highly successful businessman on the one year anniversary of his son's death, he's shocked to find Norwood dead with a smoking gun in his hand. The city is devastated, and Minneapolis detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are called in to handle the delicate case. It should be open and shut, but something is not right. Norwood's death is no suicide.With no suspects and an increasing tangle of digital evidence that confounds the Minneapolis Police Department's most seasoned cops, Magozzi calls on Grace MacBride, Monkeewrench Software's founder and chief computer genius and the soon to be mother of their child together. She and her motley crew of partners begin to unravel connections between Norwood's death and an even larger plot. Norwood wasn't the first, won't be the last, and by the end, may be just one of many to die. The breakneck, high stakes race to find his killer and save the lives of hundreds make P. J. Tracy's The Guilty Dead her most outstanding novel yet.

Guilty Dead

Guilty Dead

Author: P. J. Tracy Format: eBook Release Date: 11/09/2018

New York Times bestselling author P. J. Tracy is back with the most addictive installment in her award-winning mystery series.Dead men tell no tales...but their pasts can't keep a secret.Gregory Norwood is Minnesota's most beloved philanthropist, and the story of his son's overdose was splashed across the front page of all the papers. When a photojournalist sets out to get a candid shot of the highly successful businessman on the one year anniversary of his son's death, he's shocked to find Norwood dead with a smoking gun in his hand. The city is devastated, and Minneapolis detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are called in to handle the delicate case. It should be open and shut, but something is not right. Norwood's death is no suicide.With no suspects and an increasing tangle of digital evidence that confounds the Minneapolis Police Department's most seasoned cops, Magozzi calls on Grace MacBride, Monkeewrench Software's founder and chief computer genius and the soon to be mother of their child together. She and her motley crew of partners begin to unravel connections between Norwood's death and an even larger plot. Norwood wasn't the first, won't be the last, and by the end, may be just one of many to die. The breakneck, high stakes race to find his killer and save the lives of hundreds make P. J. Tracy's The Guilty Dead her most outstanding novel yet.

Live Bait

Live Bait

Author: P. J. Tracy Format: eBook Release Date: 23/08/2018

Live Bait is the second book in P.J. Tracys bestselling Twin Cities series. When elderly Morey Gilbert is found, lying dead in the grass by his wife, Lily, its a tragedy, but it shouldnt 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 P.J. Tracys Live Bait, the follow-up to debut Want to Play? Fans of Karen Rose should be paying attention. Follow the characters journeys in the rest of the series: Want to Play?, Dead Run, Snow Blind, Play to Kill and Two Evils. Praise for P.J. Tracy: Her second offering doesnt disappoint. Vivid scenes, realistic characters and humorous dialogue Time Out A fast-paced, gripping read with thrills and devilish twists Guardian 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 best-selling thrillers Live Bait, Dead Run, Snow Blind, Play to Kill, Two Evils and the Richard and Judy Book Club pick Want to Play?. All six books feature detectives Gino and Magozzi and maverick computer hacker Grace MacBride. P.J. and Traci both live near Minneapolis, Minnesota. www.pjtracy.net

Want to Play?

Want to Play?

Author: P. J. Tracy Format: eBook Release Date: 23/08/2018

In this electrifying debut, the slaying of an old couple in small town America looks like one-off act of brutal retribution. But at the same time, in Minneapolis, teams of detectives scramble to stop a sickeningly inventive serial killer striking again in a city paralysed by fear. When the two separate investigations converge on an isolated catholic boarding school, decades old secrets begin to fall away. It seems an old killer has resurfaced. Yet still the killers real identity remains dangerously out of reach ...

Dead Run

Dead Run

Author: P. J. Tracy Format: eBook Release Date: 23/08/2018

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Dead Run by P. J. Tracy It should have been a simple journey - a drive from Minneapolis to Green Bay, Wisconsin. But a couple of unplanned detours lead Grace MacBride, Annie Belinsky and police Deputy Sharon Mueller deep in the northern woods, far from civilization and a mobile phone signal. Then the car breaks down. The nervous search for a landline and a mechanic leads the women to Four Corners, a sleepy crossroads town. And place they soon wish theyd never stumbled on - because something terrible happened in Four Corners...

Snow Blind

Snow Blind

Author: P. J. Tracy Format: eBook Release Date: 23/08/2018

The Dead of Winter... Minneapolis, winters first white flakes; a park full of snowmen. But the layers of packed snow hide a goulish surprise ... First, the bodies of two cops are found inside the snowmen and then a day later, in the countryside to the north, Sheriff Iris Rikker makes a similarly shocking discovery. Soon Detectives Gino and Magozzi are sent north through the worst blizzard Minnesotas seen for years to find what else links the investigations. But some secrets you dont want to uncover. And as the cases unravel, it seems snowmen arent the only ones with something to hide ...

Two Evils

Two Evils

Author: P. J. Tracy Format: eBook Release Date: 23/08/2018

*US edition title: OFF THE GRID* Two Evils is the sixth book in P.J. Tracys bestselling Twin Cities series. 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... P.J. Tracys cult thriller characters Grace MacBride and Detectives Gino and Magozzi are back once again in the sixth book in the Monkeewrench series. Follow their journeys in the rest of the series: Want to Play?, Live Bait, Dead Run, Snow Blind and Play to Kill. Praise for P.J. 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 best-selling thrillers Live Bait, Dead Run, Snow Blind, Play to Kill, Two Evils and the Richard and Judy Book Club pick Want to Play?. All six books feature detectives Gino and Magozzi and maverick computer hacker Grace MacBride. P.J. and Traci both live near Minneapolis, Minnesota. www.pjtracy.net

Cold Kill

Cold Kill

Author: P. J. Tracy Format: eBook Release Date: 23/08/2018

The 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 the winter vacation for homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth. This series of inexplicable events sends the detectives sixty years into the past to search for answers - and straight to Grace MacBrides Monkeewrench. What they find is an unimaginable horror - a dormant Armageddon that might be activated at any moment unless Grace, along with Leo and Gino, can find a way to stop it.

Nothing Stays Buried

Nothing Stays Buried

Author: P. J. Tracy Format: eBook Release Date: 23/08/2018

Supercharged storytelling Daily Mail. Detectives Gino and Magozzi struggle to keep up with a serial killer in this gripping new thriller in the bestselling Twin Cities series. A young woman is murdered in a park in Minneapolis. When detectives Gino and Magozzi discover a playing card near the body, they recognise the work of a serial killer who has already struck the city once before. But its worse than they imagined. The card is the four of spades; the last victims was the ace: it seems theyre already two murders behind. Once again working with Grace MacBride and her team of analysts, they discover a web of evidence stretching back into the past. And there is little time to untangle it: this killer has a taste for blood, and hes intent on playing out the deck . . . PRAISE FOR P. J. TRACY: Outrageously suspenseful Harlan Coben A fast-paced gripping read with thrills and devilish twists Guardian 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

Guilty Dead

Guilty Dead

Author: P. J. Tracy Format: eBook Release Date: 23/08/2018

Gregory Norwood, wealthy businessman and close friend of Minnesotas leading candidate for Governor, is found dead on the first anniversary of his sons drug overdose. It seems clear to Detectives Gino and Magozzi that grief drove him to suicide. Until they realize that this left-handed man seems to have used his right hand to pull the trigger. And they find the second body. As the seemingly open-and-shut case becomes a murder enquiry, the detectives begin to delve into the dark secrets of one of the citys most powerful families. It seems the murders are not the first in the Norwoods tragic story - and they wont be the last . . .

The Guilty Dead

The Guilty Dead

Author: P. J. Tracy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2018

Nothing Stays Buried is the eighth book in P.J. Tracy's addictive and internationally bestselling Monkeewrench series. Gregory Norwood, wealthy businessman and close friend of Minnesota's leading candidate for Governor, is found dead on the first anniversary of his son's drug overdose. It seems clear to Detectives Gino and Magozzi that grief drove him to suicide. Until they realise the left-handed man seems to have used his right hand to pull the trigger. And they find the second body. As the seemingly open-and-shut case becomes a murder enquiry, the detectives begin to delve into the dark secrets of one of the city's most powerful families. It seems the murders are not the first in the Norwoods' tragic story - and they won't be the last . . . PRAISE FOR P. J. TRACY: 'Outrageously suspenseful' Harlan Coben 'A fast-paced gripping read with thrills and devilish twists' Guardian 'A powerful thriller and an ingenious plot' Observer Review

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