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‘The Guilty Dead’ keeps readers guessing

September 28, 2018

"The Guilty Dead" is a collaboration from Mother and Daughter duo, P. J. and Traci Lambrecht.

When Gregory Norwood, Minnesota’s most beloved philanthropist apparently committed suicide, detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are called in to handle the delicate case. Mr. Norwood has died on the one-year anniversary of his son’s death by an overdose.

A photojournalist sets out to take a picture of Gregory Norwood on the anniversary of his son’s death but ends up dead himself. Although this should have been an open and shut case, several things did not add up for the detectives.

As the case progresses or maybe I should say when it doesn’t progress, Magozzi calls on Grace MacBride, Monkeewrench Software’s founder and soon-to-be mother of his child to assist in unraveling the connections between Norwood’s death and an even larger plot. With the expertise of Monkeewrench, the detectives start putting together the case that Gregory Norwood’s death and his son’s death were both murder.

A friend read the book and said she was unable to figure out who had killed whom and what the larger plot was until the very end.

With federal buildings being blown up no one knew why or whether this was a terrorist plot. I would challenge the reader to figure out why people are dying and why buildings are being bombed. I believe this book will keep you from doing chores and maybe even sleeping until you finish it. The author P. J. Tracy is a pseudonym of a mother-daughter writing team, P. J. and Traci Lambrecht. Traci from St. Olaf Colllege in Northfield, Minnesota, where she majored in Russian studies and also studied voice. She wanted to become a spy but then the cold war ended and her hopes were ended. Her mother was delighted when she realized that the written word was her true calling. P. J. and her had a long, prolific career writing in several genres before her mother passed in 2016. Traci has continued writing and we are appreciative of that.

I highly recommend this as a good read it was published in early September but should be available at the local library.

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