|P.J. Lambrecht (left)|
From the TwinCities Pioneer Press.
Patricia “P.J.” Lambrecht, co-author with her daughter Traci Lambrecht, of seven best-selling thrillers featuring the St. Paul Monkeewrench gang, died Wednesday on her own terms after entertaining her oldest friends. She was 70.
Lambrecht, who died in the home north of Stillwater she shared with her husband, Ted Platz, had struggled with health problems for several years and was in and out of the hospital since early November when she took a bad fall, according to her daughter. She asked to go home after ending her drug regimen.
“She had an amazing first week when she was home,” Traci said of her petite, lively mother. “We decorated the tree, wrapped presents, shared memories. Death is never beautiful, but hers was as good as it can get. She went out gracefully like the extraordinary woman she was. She was sitting on her favorite sofa with her kitty at her side and Ted and I holding her hands.”
The popular Monkeewrench series, which the women wrote as P.J.Tracy, features a colorful group of computer geniuses who work in an old mansion on Summit Avenue. Their most recent adventure, “The Sixth Idea,” published in August, was inspired by secrets from P.J.’s personal life. The story centers on the murders of men who secretly worked on developing the hydrogen bomb, one of whom was P.J.’s father, Don Hepler.
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Condolences to her family and friends.