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New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni’s thrilling series continues as Seattle homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite is plunged into a case of family secrets and murder…

Called in to consult after a young woman disappears, Tracy Crosswhite has the uneasy feeling that this is no ordinary missing-persons case. When the body turns up in an abandoned well, Tracy’s suspicions are confirmed. Estranged from her family, the victim had balked at an arranged marriage and had planned to attend graduate school. But someone cut her dreams short.

Solving the mystery behind the murder isn’t Tracy’s only challenge. The detective is keeping a secret of her own: she’s pregnant. And now her biggest fear seems to be coming true when a new detective arrives to replace her. Meanwhile, Tracy’s colleague Vic Fazzio is about to take a fall after his investigation into the murder of a local community activist turns violent and leaves an invaluable witness dead.

Two careers are on the line. And when more deadly secrets emerge, jobs might not be the only things at risk.

©2018 La Mesa Fiction, LLC (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Excellent character driven mystery!

A Steep Price is book #6 in the Tracy Crosswhite series. As with all of Dugoni's other books this can be read/listened to as a stand alone book. I would suggest listening to these books in the order they were written. There story is progressive and so are the relationships.
There are a few storylines going on in this book. There's a missing Indian (not Native American) woman missing. She was going to medical school in defiance of her parents arranging a marriage for her.
Then there is also a pregnant Tracy who is stressed about her job security when a Latino woman, Andrea Gonzalez is hired into her division.
Meanwhile Vic Fazzio and Del Castigliano are working on a different case. An outspoken mother who is tired of the neighborhood crime and drugs is found murdered. When Fazzio gets sent out with Gonzalez there's a fatal shooting of a witness and it seems something funny is going on with the witness accounts of what happened. They don't match what actually happened and the blame is being on Fazzio.
This is such a good book and a great addition to the series.
My HIGHLEST RECOMMENDATIONS!
Emily Sutton-Smith is one of the best female narrators in my opinion. She did a fantastic job as I would expect.
If you found this review helpful please indicate so.
Thank You.

23 of 24 people found this review helpful

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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 07-05-18

Robert Dugoni and Emily Sutton-Smith - Fantastic

Robert Dugoni continues to hit all the right notes with the latest entry in the Tracy Crosswhite series, "A Steep Price". This around, the story delves into issues as varied as race, drugs, poverty, culture, education, pregnancy and workplace.

Tracy and her partner, Kins, are called in to help investigate the disappearance of a young University of Washington student. When her body is found at the bottom of an abandoned well not far from her home, the initial ruling is suicide. But Tracy's not buying it and investigates it as a murder.

Meanwhile, Faz and Del are assigned to the killing of a local mother and activist in a high crime neighborhood. Their investigation puts them at odds with both the community and the cartel that seems to run things. It also puts them into real danger.

The author keeps everything fluid and moving and real, including Tracy's conundrum about when and how to announce her pregnancy. As usual, the writing is crisp and clear and realistic, right down to the park I pass almost every day on the way to work.
Outstanding book I can't wait for more
Emily Sutton-Smith one of my favorite narrators her delivery of the book just bring the story to life.

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  • Roe
  • New Jersey
  • 07-09-18

A bit slow

I thought it was a little slow moving. Not enough action or suspense. It didn’t hold my attention so I found myself drifting and having to go back and listen to parts that had already been read.
Narration was very good

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Good. Not great

I really like this series and was happy that all the characters were back. I liked the story lines but I guess I was expecting them to connect or overlap.
Good listen but not my favorite in this series.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 06-27-18

Dugoni is a master of the modern detective genre!

Robert Dugoni is also a master of the legal thriller genre with his David Sloane series, but A STEEP PRICE is Book 6 in his Seattle detective Tracy Crosswhite series. Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite series, Karin Slaughter's Will Trent series, Louis Penny's Chief Inspector Gamache series, and Robert Bryndza's Erika Foster series are my four currently favorite detective series. As usual for Dugoni the publisher's summary sets up A STEEP PRICE very well. The novel features two unrelated cases,Tracy's murder case and her partner Vic Fazio's drug case. Tracy and her husband Dan are dealing with her pregnancy in its 16th week and Fazio is dealing with his wife's breast cancer. A truism about all of Robert Dugoni's novels is that family plays a major role.

Robert Dugoni usually releases novels at a rate of one every eight or nine months. During the last five weeks he has released both THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF SAM HELL and A STEEP PRICE. THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF SAM HELL is in my opinion a certain prize winner and may be one of the best novels of 2018.

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Love this series but...

I waited for this one since it was announced! But I have to say it doesn’t have the suspense that the others have. You’d have to be a seasoned reader and love this series to understand the relationship dynamics and why these events are important. I’m looking forward to the next one, and hoping that the events in this book set up for a great read as always.

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I usually enjoy your writing but this time....

I found several points problematic for me. First it was your description of one of the Indian sisters. “She was light skinned and beautiful.” Are you implying that darker skin isn’t beautiful?
Second, the fact that Mexican cartels started moving more heroin has nothing to do with the argument about the legalization of marijuana.

States legalizing marijuana didn’t produce the opioid epidemic. The over prescription of opioid drugs has a large part to play in that scenario.

So please, be more mindful of the messages you send.

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Great story!

The series is a rich collection of characters that you can't help but feel you know them. I can't wait to read another
Crosswhite episode.

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Rushed and Incomplete

While I have enjoyed earlier entries in this series to varying degrees, this latest entry was of such a quality that I am going to return it. The narrator, Emily Sutton-Smith, did a fine job as usual, although her male Italian accents tend toward the comedic.

However, the story is disjointed and poorly conceived. The initial murder is dismissed as an afterthought as if the author was so eager to get to plot contrivances that he forgot about the murder that prompted them. The intrigue of Detective Gonzalez telling a witness to blame Fazzio is washed away with the laughable idea that she is with a government agency and it was just a ruse to maintain her cover. Fazzio doesn't care that she risked his career. Tracy never gets a final meeting with her. She just disappears.

Worse still, The culprits behind the murder that becomes the focus of the story (i.e., the one that Tracy investigates eventually) were so obvious that it required Tracy to look like a terrible detective for the last half of the book just to keep the story going. So, even though the two most obvious suspects were right in front of her face, Tracy pursues the least likely until they drag her back to the obvious ones. Though it is 9 times longer than The Academy, it managed to provide less narrative substance.

Even more problematically, the cancer of Fazzio's wife, Vera, and Tracy's pregnancy are key subplots that are consistently hammered at throughout the story, building up Fazzio and Vera's fear of the treatment and the future as well as Tracy's doubt about her career. Yet, Vera's struggles with her treatments and the majority of Tracy's pregnancy and the birth are eliminated when the story jumps to an epilogue where Vera is recovering well and Tracy has had her baby but made no clear decision on her future. It's conceivably insulting to cancer survivors and women who have coped with pregnancy, but it's also insulting to readers who have had both storylines built up only to skip over the most meaningful portions of it for a generic happy ending.

Random Observation:

Every crime and every act of violence was committed by a non-white person as Dugoni repeatedly points out how frustratingly liberal Seattle cares more about criminals than cops.

The murder of a black woman and the police shooting of a Latino suspect are scarcely resolved in the text so that we can focus more time on white people dealing with the aforementioned glossed over cancer and pregnancy

Perhaps this was done unconsciously to balance out the focus on African-American victims in CLOSE TO HOME?

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More to the Story than Meets the Eye!

I was disappointed that so early in the story I guessed who was guilty of what happened to Vita. There was so much more that led up to solving it, I doubted my guess a few times. As facts of each case were unearthed, I felt as though I was part of the investigation. Dugoni’s writing style pulled me in and kept me interested. I’ve read or listened to every Tracy Crosswhite novel, I always look forward to the next one.

Emily Sutton-Smith again did a fantastic job narrating. She never disappoints and always deserves 5 stars!

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  • Mrs J Brigui
  • 09-28-18

brilliant

this series of books was made to be listened to. Emily's audio performance made reading the next book addictive. what will I do now that I've finished them?

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  • Brenda
  • 09-03-18

Good read

I enjoy Robert Dugoni's books but he uses the word said far too much. Unfortunately I knew who did the murder almost immediately in this story but it was a good read.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 08-10-18

Another excellent book

I do feel that the main characters are my friends, and I enjoy their different characteristics and their fears and joys.

The story line was well handled and very interesting, I also like the fact that there are often two stories running simultaneously in Mr Dugoni's books. Another well satisfied reader here!

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  • Michelle
  • 08-31-18

Outstanding

Thank you again Robert for yet another brilliant book, it is hard to stop listening too and I look forward to the continuing story of Tracey, Dan and the A Team.
Michelle

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  • rosie
  • 07-25-18

Great series

Love this series of books. Easy to listen too, great narrator. I like how the last few books have focused on other characters as well as the main one. Can't wait for the next one.