By People Staff
May 17, 2004 12:00 PM

MYSTERY

by P.J. Tracy

It has been four months without a murder, and Minnesota detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are stuck working cold cases in the hottest April on record. Just as they are about to buy into the “temporary delusion that the state was actually habitable,” three old people get shot and a fourth has a coronary after being tied to a railroad track. With the city on edge, the cops are left to wonder what kind of psycho would off 80-year-olds. When the victims turn out to be Holocaust survivors and one of the guns is traced to six “unsolveds” on Interpol’s murder list, the shootings seem anything but hit-or-miss.

Though they don’t keep the pace as full-throttled as in Monkee-wrench, their acclaimed debut, the pseudonymous mother-daughter duo P.J. and Traci Lambrecht more than compensate with eclectic characters (such as a beautiful and enigmatic computer whiz), zingy dialogue and emotional heft. It all leads to a conclusion that is both exhilarating and bittersweet. With its mix of high tech and street-smart police work, Live Bait makes an enticing catch.

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