Want to Play? - P.J. Tracy

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Want to Play? - P.J. Tracy

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 Mi...

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published 23/08/2006 | sparkymarky1973
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Hi I'm Sparkymarky from a small village in Norfolk who loves reading,playing ps2 games and cooking.I'm 32,married and work as a chef and love writing reviews so others can enjoy what I enjoy-sharing the pleasure around.....
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Pro gripping-like a really good hollywood movie
Cons reminiscent of linda la plantes killernet -remember that?
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"want to play?yes please..........."

I have only just discovered this author and can honestly say I really enjoyed this first novel from the mother-daughter writing team that is P.J.Tracy!!Although it had some faults ,overall this was good enough for me to want to read more of their work.

The book begins when an elderly couple are found shot dead in a small town church in what appears to be an isolated,one-off incident.Investigating the couple's background,the local sheriff discovers the pair had booby-trapped their house prompting his curiosity into just who these people were...

Meanwhile,in the city of Minneapolis,a series of bodies begin to turn up in the copycat style of a new computer game currently being finished for release by 5 computer software designers.Investigating the backgrounds of the designers reveals a series of inconsistencies and a certain level of paranoia and secrecy shared by the group.Considering that in the finished version of the game twenty murders in total are comitted,Detective Magozzi begins to feel the pressure from city hall and the mayor,his own police chief and several influential and powerful citizens as he investigates whether the designers are actually potential victims or the perpetrators themselves.....and what connects these murders to the deaths of the two elderly church-goers?

Reading like a Hollywood blockbuster,the book is very cinematic in style and runs like a movie in your head.Some of the writing felt a little stilted in places for example in an early chapter where it states "Grace was mummified in a long terry robe;Charlie was naked"-only to reveal a few sentences on that Charlie is actually a dog(how can a dog be naked?)

Mind you these are just minor niggles and overall like I say I found this thriller pretty satisfying-a diffrent style to the Karin Slaughter books I have been enjoying so much of late,but very reminiscent of the early Michael Slade books-Headhunter and Ghoul(well worth picking up if you ever see them along with many of the others in the series) that I read religiously some years back.

To summarize,if you like slick Hollywood thrillers such as Seven,you'll probably enjoy this fairly easy read but don't expect too much from it if you've read Karin Slaughter or Patrica Cornwell and enjoyed them...this is almost like a lite version of Mo Hayder,enjoyable just don't dig too deep....a bloody good thriller though from a first time author-though Slaughter's Blindsighted was better!!

The next book in the series,Live Bait is far superior but my advice-give this book a go as the first in the series


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  • josarah published 24/08/2006
    I've read some others of PJ's out of order and they also work as stand alone books, I'd have preferred to read them in the right order though :o) Jo
  • hannahmc3 published 23/08/2006
    Great review, well written!
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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 killer's real identity remains dangerously out of reach ...

Product Details

EAN: 9780141011325

Type: Fiction

Genre: Crime Books, Thriller

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

Title: Want to Play?

Author: P.J. Tracy, PJ Tracy

ISBN: 0141011327, 0141011327; 0141888059; 0141888067; 0141888075; 0718145852; 0718146875

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