Featured books at Monkey See Monkey Read bookstore: The Fall of Alice K.; Trickster’s Point; Off the Grid

The Fall of Alice K.

“If only there were more unruly girls like Alice K., unwilling to submit to dogma or tradition — the world would be a better place.”
— Julia Scheeres, the New York Times bestselling author of Jesus Land

A first novel from a beloved regional author in which an Iowa farm family and its Dutch Calvinist inhabitants struggle with and are redeemed by land, love, and their faith in one another.

Seventeen-year-old Alice Marie Krayenbraak is beautiful, witty, a star student, and a gifted athlete. On the surface, she has it all. But in Alice’s hometown of Dutch Center, Iowa, nothing is as it seems. Behind the façade of order and tidiness, the family farm is failing. Alice’s mother is behaving strangely amid apocalyptic fears of Y2K. And her parents have announced their plans to send her special-needs sister Aldah away. On top of it all, the uniformly Dutch Calvinist town has been rattled by an influx of foreign farm workers.

It’s the fall of senior year, and Alice now finds herself at odds with both family and cultural norms when she befriends and soon falls in love with Nickson Vang, the son of Hmong immigrants. Caught in a period of personal and community transformation, Alice and Nickson must navigate their way through vastly different traditions while fighting to create new ones of their own. Funny and provocative, amusing and unsettling, The Fall of Alice K. marks a watershed moment in the publishing career of author, Jim Heynen.

Jim Heynen is perhaps best known for his collections of short prose featuring young farm boys: The One-Room Schoolhouse, The Boys’ House, and Fishing for Chickens. His poetry includes The Man Who Kept Cigars in His Hat and, most recently, Standing Naked. Heynen lives in Saint Paul, MN.

Trickster’s Point

“A plot a cunningly treacherous as Trickster’s Point itself, Krueger’s latest mystery has that elegiac tone that’s perfectly suied to O’Connor’s character and to the harsh landscape where he lives and works.”–Booklist

The latest book in the Cork O’Connor mystery series, which finds the private detective caught in the crosshairs of a political assassin.

Private detective Cork O’Connor finds himself sitting in the shadow of a towering monolith known as Trickster’s Point, deep in the Minnesota wilderness.  With him is the first Native American elected governor of Minnesota, Jubal Little, who is slowly dying with an arrow through his heart.  Although the men have been bow-hunting, a long-standing tradition among these two friends, this is no hunting accident, and what only Cork knows is that the dying man was quite capable of murder himself.

Coincidentally, the arrow turns out to be one of Cork’s and he becomes the primary suspect in the murder.  Of course Cork understands his been set up and, over the course of the novel, works to clear his name and track the real killer.  As a result, he recalls his long, complex relationship with the neighborhood kid who became a populist politician.

Full of nail-biting suspense, Trickster’s Point offers a further look into Cork’s past, as well as an exploration of the motives, both good and ill, that lead men and women into the difficult, sometimes deadly, political arena.

William Kent Krueger is the award-winning author of ten previous Cork O’Connor novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Vermilion Drift and Northwest Angle. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his family.

Off the Grid

“In the fifth Monkeewrench novel, the mother-daughter team of P.J. and Traci Lambrecht really hits its stride: achilling premise; a supremely appealing cast of evolving characters; and dialogue that is brisk, witty, and authentic. Humor and humanity mix in this top-notch mystery, the best in the series.”
Booklist (Starred) on Shoot to Thrill

On a sailboat ten miles off the Florida coast, Grace MacBride, partner in Monkeewrench Software, thwarts an assassination attempt on retired FBI agent John Smith. A few hours later, in Minneapolis, a fifteen-year-old girl is discovered in a vacant lot, her throat slashed. Later that day, two young men are found in their home a few blocks away, killed execution-style. The next morning, the dead bodies of three more men turn up, savagely murdered in the same neighborhood.

As Minneapolis homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth struggle to link the three crimes, they learn that there have been similar murders in other cities around the United States. Piece by piece, evidence accumulates, pointing to a suspect that shocks them to the core, uncovering a motive that puts the entire Midwest on high alert and Monkeewrench in the direct line of fire. Before it’s all over, Grace and her partners, Annie, Roadrunner, and Harley Davidson, find themselves in the middle of a shocking collision of violence on a remote northern Minnesota reservation, fighting for their lives.

PJ Tracy is the pseudonym of mother-daughter writing duo P.J. and Traci Lambrecht, winners of the Anthony, Barry, Gumshoe, and Minnesota Book Awards. Their novels, MONKEEWRENCH, LIVE BAIT, DEAD RUN, SNOW BLIND, and SHOOT TO THRILL are national and international bestsellers.

All books are available at Monkey See Monkey Read in downtown Northfield.

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