by: P.J. Tracy
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Publisher: GP Putnam’s Sons
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.
The Sixth Idea was an interesting mystery that I had a very hard time getting into. Luckily, I refused to give up on it. The premise wasn't very exciting so it took a while for me to warm up to the idea that a group of scientists who invented the atomic bomb would have attempted to create other things over the course of 60 years. One of those things turns out to be something just as dangerous and much more of a secret than anything the world has ever known. So much so that the descendants of these scientists are being killed off one by one. It's not until Lydia Ascher meets Chuck Spencer on a flight to Minnesota that things come out into the open and the body count increases.
Of course, you can't have a murder mystery without some tenacious detectives and a few quirky computer geeks that carry guns and dress like bikers. There’s also a little bit of relationship drama to cut through all of the violence. However, I have to mention that some of the story seemed a bit disjointed but maybe it was just not exactly what I expected. The overall mystery was good but there was some peaks and valleys that clearly made it difficult for me to stay interested, at least in the beginning. Since it's a mystery, you'll just have to fill in the blanks for yourself.
**Received a copy from GP Putnam’s Sons/Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
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