Homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite has returned to the police force after the sensational retrial of her sister's killer. Still scarred from that ordeal, Tracy is pulled into an investigation that threatens to end her career, if not her life.
A serial killer known as the Cowboy is killing young women in cheap motels in North Seattle. Even after a stalker leaves a menacing message for Crosswhite, suggesting the killer or a copycat could be targeting her personally, she is charged with bringing the murderer to justice. With clues scarce and more victims dying, Tracy realizes the key to solving the murders may lie in a decade-old homicide investigation that others, including her captain, Johnny Nolasco, would prefer to keep buried. With the Cowboy on the hunt, can Tracy find the evidence to stop him, or will she become his next victim?
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I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Her Final Moments is Book 2 in Robert Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite series. Book 1, My Sister's Grave, was outstanding and Her Final Moments is even better. I look forward to the release of Book 3 in May 2016.
Tracy Crosswhite is a Seattle police detective leading a task force hunting for a serial killer of young women who dance at strip clubs. A man has already been convicted of the first murder and is in prison. Crosswhite's boyfriend (Dan, her close friend when she was growing up and is now a successful lawyer) takes on the case of the innocent man imprisoned for the first of the serial murders.
Emily Sutton-Smith does a great job of narration.
I highly recommend this book but suggest that My Sister's Grave be read first.
I constantly have a mystery/crime book with me (either to read or listen to) and I am often disgusted by the poor writing and editing that is published.
Robert Dugoni is a noticable exception. His writing is crisp, the characters are believable with a mature, intelligent, sensible protagonist.The darkness people can choose to live in is spelled out but there is no doubt that it's not somewhere we want to go.
I look forward to reading more from this author.
Doubtful. This is the second book in the Tracy Crosswhite Series. Tracy, a detective and the main character is easy to like. Dan, the lawyer, childhood friend and new love is also a likeable character. The storyline is good for a police procedural/suspense story. It began to wear on my nerves the last couple of hours. The story is solved, the good guys, bad guys, and the pain in the behind characters have all defined their roles. It was time to bring in an editor willing to cut some of the material. This is why I debated between 3 and 4 stars.
Tracy Crosswhite. Strong female for the main character. If you read the first book, "My Sisters Grave", you know she has a vunerable side. She shows only a small amount of that side in this story, but she is an interesting woman with a lot of baggage. While I really did enjoy the book, some of it feels like a cookie cutter portrayal of the woman who can best the men.
The narrator did well with all of the characters. I would still choose Tracy as my favorite.
I didn't really have an emotional reaction to the book.
Worth the credit and will probably look for the next book.
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
This s the second book of the Crosswhite series, but I read this one first. It is an outstanding police prodedural on the same level as the Bosch series by Michael Connelly. That is pretty high praise!
I have to brief, but here are a few things that make this a great read:
-The inner department politics and adversarial relationships between the detectives and their bosses is gripping ad edgy.
-The hunt for the killer is really fascinating.
-Tracy Crosswhite is a fantastic detective and a great character.
Unlike the previous book which was centered around Tracy's roots, this books gave perspective to her career and life now. It also give the reader vivid details of her coworkers, and their relationships with Tracy, and friendships that are only created from years of working together.
The ending of the epilogue because it ties into previous moments in the story.
It was one of those books that when you were not listening to, you were thinking about what could happen next. Like the first book, it keeps your interest from start to finish.
Please Robert Dugoni, write another Tracy Crosswhite book!
Writing is not my forte, but I can listen with the best of them!
Engaging, Relatable, Over-saturated
The only other book I've listened too was My Sister's Grave: The Tracy Crosswhite Series, Book 1. I thought My Sister's Grave was excellent. This is a great book as well, but not as well scripted as the first in this series. I will continue with this series, the good parts of the book outweighs the bad by leaps and bounds.
She did great. I had no problem differentiating between the characters. The male character voices didn't seem forced either.
SPOILER ALERT::SPOILER ALERT:: I really enjoyed the simplistic conversation that Tracy had with the Cowboy. I believe that particular point in the book gave more insight into the Cowboy than all the flashbacks did. It also humanized him.
I really liked this book. As I stated in my header, there were too many characters. They revealed the Cowboy's name and I really drew a blank to who that was. Being that it's a little difficult going back to a particular passage in an audiobook as opposed to searching for a name in an ebook, I'm taking an educated guess as to where we first met him.
Secondly, I loved the personality of the character who owned Dirty Ernie's. I would be interested into learning more about their past loves, businesses and antics, cause you know they had to have some.
Loved not figuring out in advance who the cowboy was, but find the trend of female officers ending up in mortal danger a little tiring. They don't have to be super heros, just not always targets.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
We first met Detective Tracy Crosswhite in the previous book entitled Her Sister's Grave. She was on the trail of her sister's murderer. In this one, she is investigating the murder of several dancers that worked at local clubs. They've nicknamed him The Cowboy because of the way he hogtied his victims as though he was roping a calf. The more the women struggled, the tighter the noose became until they finally strangled themselves.
This one kept me turning pages, unable to put it down. And there was a huge twist at the end I didn't see coming. I actually sat there stunned momentarily as I tried to comprehend what just happened. Not only do we learn more about Tracy in this book, but also her boyfriend, Dan O'Leary. I enjoyed reading how their bond became closer as Dan begins helping Tracy investigate her case. He's always there for her no matter what. I also enjoyed Tracy's interaction with the killer at the end. It was top notch and brought everything to a satisfying conclusion. Definitely recommend you try this one. It can be read as a standalone but the series is so good you should listen to them all.
Emily Sutton-Smith was outstanding with the delivery of the story
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