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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2015 Robert Dugoni (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Suspenseful, with an admirable protagonist

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.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 11-14-15

Great psychlogical and police thriller!

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.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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I'm on the fence between 3 & 4 stars...

Would you listen to Her Final Breath again? Why?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

Which character – as performed by Emily Sutton-Smith – was your favorite?

The narrator did well with all of the characters. I would still choose Tracy as my favorite.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I didn't really have an emotional reaction to the book.

Any additional comments?

Worth the credit and will probably look for the next book.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Engaging Storyline... Too Many Characters

If you could sum up Her Final Breath in three words, what would they be?

Engaging, Relatable, Over-saturated

If you’ve listened to books by Robert Dugoni before, how does this one compare?

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.

What about Emily Sutton-Smith’s performance did you like?

She did great. I had no problem differentiating between the characters. The male character voices didn't seem forced either.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Her Final Breath

Book 2 in the Tracy Crosswhite Series written by Robert Dugoni, narrated by Emily Sutton-Smith, 11.5 hours of listening in unabridged audiobook format. Her Final Breath was released in September 2015 by Brilliance Audio.

Tracy Crosswhite, the main protagonist, is a Seattle homicide cop. Having successfully solved the 20-year-old murder of her sister in Book 1 of the series, Tracy is back on the job in Seattle. Insignificant references are made to the Book 1 story, ergo Her Final Breath stands alone. A police procedural. Several women, pole dancer/prostitutes, have been killed by self asphyxiation due to being hog-tied - a noose around their neck causes slow strangulation as their strength weakens. Grisly way to go.

Good cops, bad cops, a myriad of suspects traverse the pages as the author works toward solving the crimes. You’ll be convinced, many times, that you have figured out the story and nailed the psychopath - then Dugoni throws you a curve. Good plot twists!

Narration is fine, male and female voices alike. You’ll have no trouble discerning who is saying what to who.

No gratuitous sex, no bad language. Not great literature, not intended to be - just a good story worth the investment.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Bravo Mr. Dugoni!

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.

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  • 11-27-15

Yet another great Tracy Crosswhite Book!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Her Final Breath?

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.

Which scene was your favorite?

The ending of the epilogue because it ties into previous moments in the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.

Any additional comments?

Please Robert Dugoni, write another Tracy Crosswhite book!

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  • Anne
  • MURFREESBORO, TN, United States
  • 09-05-16

Very Good!

Two convoluted mysteries, interesting characters and a well written story keeps the reader on the edge.

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Interesting Story and Characters

I enjoyed this book a lot and will likely read (listen) to the next in the series, but the first book of the series is the best so far. ~JTC~

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Suspense and concealment

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.

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  • laatkins
  • 03-08-17

very much enjoyed this book.

I really enjoyed the story and finding out what happened to Tracy as I listened to the previous book called my sister's grave.
the only really annoying thing was it constantly said.......he said, she said, Tracy said! that I have to say drove me potty in places.
I was willing the said to be replaced with any other than and it did spoil it for me a little.
but overall good story, narration was spot on and great twist.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 02-28-17

Not up the the standard of first book.

This was quite good, the story is tense and good. My main gripe is the unprofessional behaviour of the Police Captain who has a bee in his bonnet about our hero Tracy, and behaves in a way that I found to be totally unbelievable.
I don't think that anybody who rises to the position of Captain of the police would put aside all normal values just to cause his hated detective to fall flat on her face. This was just daft and spoiled an otherwise good story.

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  • Candida
  • 02-22-17

again edge of the seat brilliance

again edge of the seat brilliance. really good book good narrative and great ending x

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  • Natalie
  • 03-22-18

Talented Author

I never heard of this author before joining audible but bought the first book in this series in the daily deal and I've never look back. It's not overly descriptive, It's not gory and there is only the odd swear word. Just sit back and enjoy listening. It will have you griped from start to end.

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  • Sally Court
  • 01-22-18

Bland and repetitive.

Struggled to finish. The story was long and drawn out with little to keep you wanting more. Just a lot of monotonous conversations with little to excite the imagination.

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  • Julie Swanepoel
  • 11-09-17

good story, well narrated.

I enjoy the Tracy Crosswhite stories,they are well written and I find them to be quite engrossing.

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  • Maura
  • 05-20-17

Another gripping novel.

Excellent continuation of the characters from Book 1. Plenty of plot twists and seat edge thrills Couldn't stop listening. Am hooked on Tracey Crosswhite.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-25-16

Narrator

Narrator Emily Sutton - Smith did a great job. I only started Audible in March this yr. After listening to to 10 novels. Emily is the best.

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  • Nicole Tucker
  • 03-04-16

2nd installmet - enjoyed

I really enjoyed the second instalment to Tracy Crosswhite's life. I hope there are more books. I enjoy the narrator & the storyline.