Detective Tracy Crosswhite has a skill, and a soft spot, for tackling unsolved crimes. Having lost her own sister to murder at a young age, Tracy has dedicated her career to bringing justice and closure to the families and friends of victims of crime.
So when Jenny, a former police academy classmate and protégé, asks Tracy to help solve a cold case that involves the suspicious suicide of a Native American high school girl forty years earlier, Tracy agrees. Following up on evidence Jenny's detective father collected when he was the investigating deputy, Tracy probes one small town's memory and finds dark, well-concealed secrets hidden within the community's fabric. Can Tracy uphold the promise she's made to the dead girl's family and deliver the truth of what happened to their daughter? Or will she become the next victim?
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Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
I loved this book! Tracy Crosswhite is an incredible detective and wonderful character. And there are actually two really fascinating cases in this novel that require excellent police work.
The Clearing revolves around a cold case which was ruled a suicide some 40 years earlier. Crosswhite's friend's father, now dead, was new in the sherrif's department when the events occurred. He had well founded suspicions that the victim, an 18 year old Native American, was actually murdered. His inexperience renders him powerless as well as voiceless. He subsequently began a private investigation on his own, one that would last 40 years until his death. Crosswhite picks up the case on her own time, aided with modern forensics unavailable to law enforcement at the time of the crime.
Dugoni introduces us to characters living with the very real and tragic effects of violence, guilt, shame and lies. This is truly one of the best novels I've read lately.
I would put this up with John Hart's Redemption Road as the best mysteries of the year.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
I speaks well of Robert Dugoni's writing skills that the third novel in the Tracy Crosswhite series while the weakest of the three is still a solid 5 star detective thriller. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Emily Sutton-Smith's narration is wonderful, as it always is.
I have read all the books in this series so far. While the books aren't great, they are good enough that I continue reading them. This book is a decent and entertaining addition to the series.
There are two distinct mysteries in this book that the detectives are attempting to solve. While this could easily lead to a disjointed and convoluted read, the author manages to present both stories in a way that works, until it doesn't. Quite a few times I was left with the impression that the secondary case was a space filler and it left me wishing the author had just focused on one case and developed it a lot more. I think that would have made this a much better book.
This is the 3rd book in the series featuring Seattle detective Tracy Crosswhite. Each book has been better than the last - the characters continue to develop and the plots are intriguing without relying on a overdose of violence and gore. There's just enough flavor of Seattle to be interesting to a Seattle native but enough fictionalized background so it doesn't feel like an attempt to recreate the city in every detail. The main characters are likable and their personal lives are interesting but not soap-opera-ish. For me this audio book has everything I like - good characters - good narrator - interesting plot - and doesn't have the things I try to avoid such as over the top violence and overly dramatic/hopelessly flawed main characters. Highly recommend to listeners who enjoy a well- written police procedural - I'm looking forward to the next book in the series!
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!
This is an outstanding book on many levels. Tracy Crosswhite is involved in two cases, one concerning a 40 year old murder. Although it is the third in the series, it stands quite well on its own. Each of the characters is developed in depth, and the psychological drama competes with the physical evidence as Tracy methodically works the two cases.
The process of deduction is fascinating as the cold case rolls to a conclusion and supplies insight into the current case. Dugoni's style of writing provides just the right level of descriptive detail to create perfect mental images without impacting the flow of the story.
The narrative shifts back and forth in time to allow the reader to experience actions described in the deductive process. Even though the reader is brought into knowledge of the past events, the ending still provides surprises. This book captures the feel of small town America as well as the urban center of Seattle, making interactions understandable and believable. I am looking forward to more Tracy Crosswhite adventures.
Emily Sutton-Smith was again just outstanding with the delivery of the story.
This story encompasses two very different unrelated homicide cases. Though the stories are intertwined the cases are not. Several reviewer's found this very confusing and hard to follow. I did not.
The more interesting of the stories involves evidence collected 40 years before by a deputy sheriff. The forensic science at that time was not what it is today. Reviewing the evidence and using forensic techniques available today allows the puzzle to be solved, but nothing can undo the damage done to those who originally decided to keep the crime a secret.
I have been floundering for a while now. I need a solid writer and preferably a lead investigator to replace Eve and others that I loved of JD Robb and Louise Penny. I haven't found just the right replacement series yet, and alas I discovered today that I'm already reading the last one of this Tracy Crosswhite Series. I need more time than 3 novels to become familiar with the characters and to care about their growth. Nevertheless, in case there is interest by Dugoni in further developing Tracy, I think this series shows some promise. I base that on the success, relatively speaking, of the storyline itself. It seemed to matter what happened, and that is a rarity. On the other hand the development of the characters was much less so. I wish I could have both -- story and character development. Keep on trying Dugoni, and I hope that the combination of the a strong story with some fair development of characters will keep this going.
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