Last updated
First edition
Author P. J. Tracy
CountryUnited States
Genre Thriller, crime, mystery
Publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons (US)
Publication date
Media typePrint (paperback)
Pages454 pp (UK paperback)
ISBN 0-14-101132-7 (UK Paperback)
OCLC 56455902
Followed by Live Bait  

Monkeewrench (released later in the United Kingdom as Want to Play?), is the first novel by author team P. J. Tracy. It revolves around the search for a copycat killer, who is recreating murders found in a new computer game. It also seems that the killer is linked to the computer programmers who made the game.


This book was featured on the UK Richard & Judy show in 2005.


Kirkus Reviews called it a "preposterous, entertaining nailbiter." [1] Publishers Weekly wrote it had "an accelerating, unpredictable plot that combines police procedural with techno-geek-speak, an array of well-drawn characters and, most importantly, witty repartee." [2] Entertainment Weekly praised it: "From the well-drawn, intelligent characters to the perfect pacing, Monkeewrench is that rare mystery that stays ahead of the reader." [3]

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