In the meantime, the body count rises...
Monkeewrench is a company branching out into games: specifically the hunt for a serial killer. A few hundred copies of their new game have been downloaded and it looks like one of their customers is following the killing patterns. Or is it Monkeewrench themselves? A very odd crew, investigation into their past comes to an abrupt halt ten years previously. Not only that, but a sneaky attempt to trace the fingerprints of their most jumpy (and well-armed) member brings the FBI out in a flash. Just what did they do ten years ago?
The game gives the location of some of the murders: unfortunately those locations are almost impossible to police, certainly against a committed and very able murderer. A paddle steamer, a shopping mall, the next victim no location, just a profession - art teacher. Double shifts by every police officer in the city can't cover and the investigators are left with seeking help from the IT experts - Monkeewrench.
The hunt for the Wisconsin killer is proceeding and a sad and grim history is uncovered. A medically-treatable condition condemned as an abomination by the fanatical parents, a tale of neglect and abandonment. At this point the Wisconsin and Minneapolis paths intersect; the sheriff and two of his staff head for the city to complete the tracking of the now-grown abandoned child. This puts the elements in place for an admirably plotted and protracted denouement with a fine sting in the tail. No more lest I spoil it, but you will enjoy it.
High marks then for a first novel: ambitious but the writing matches the ambition. If you like your crime fiction tense and bloody, this is one for you. Characters are well done - recognisable police types without too much stereotyping, IT experts odd but sympathetic. Highly recommended.