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In the Clearing Audiobook

In the Clearing: The Tracy Crosswhite Series, Book 3

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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?

©2016 Robert Dugoni (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 06-02-16
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 06-02-16 Member Since 2015

    Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?

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    "Incredible Story, Smart Police Procedural"

    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.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Meg 05-30-16
    Meg 05-30-16

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Decent addition"

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Nielsen 06-15-16 Member Since 2017
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    "This Series Just Keeps Getting Better!"

    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!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Prof and spouse. 05-19-16

    psych professor

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    "More! More!"

    It is going to be be hard to wait for the next book in this series! Well written, great stories, excellent narration! Dugoni is winner!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Donna 05-25-16
    Donna 05-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Series"

    Loved the first and second book in this series and the 3rd book in series did not disappoint. Great read from start to finish. Can't wait for next in series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 05-18-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 05-18-16 Member Since 2017

    I am a husband/dad/granddad who loves books. My reviews are my subjective opinions. My hope is they will help others make buying decisions.

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    "40 year old cold case solved?"

    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.

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    Sarah 05-29-16
    Sarah 05-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very Good"

    I was skeptical in the beginning, but soon was pulled into the story. Narrator was good. I will select this author again.

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    Lia Sutton, Australia 09-13-16
    Lia Sutton, Australia 09-13-16 Member Since 2009

    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!

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    "4.5 stars Incredible Book Under $8"

    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.

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    Nancy Chilton-Kendrick 05-03-17 Member Since 2015

    I love Science Fiction, Mysteries, Thrillers & Werewolves & Vampires. I devour audiobooks. Driving, cleaning house & anytime.

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    "Very Appealing"

    I really enjoy this series. Narrator is good and the story is different from most mystery books.

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    MidwestGeek 01-24-17
    MidwestGeek 01-24-17

    Ann Arbor, Michigan. Wolverine Fan.

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    "One story--two mysteries. Good police procedural."

    I enjoyed these mysteries, although at times, it seemed like it kind of dragged. I got a little tired of going back and forth over 40 years, giving readers the advantage over the detective as well as selectively revealing only those facts that the author wanted readers to know. That's not the way a detective solves a cold case. Its relevance to the other case in present time however is nicely segued.

    The reader, Emily Sutton-Smith, was ok, but I've been spoiled by those who can give voice to different characters. Emily made essentially no effort to differentiate characters with her voice; males sound just like females. Still, she has a pleasant voice, so I would be willing to listen to another.

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    "Kept us both captured"

    Great story great characters and great narration that we enjoyed driving across the US together

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    "Another excellent story"

    I really enjoyed this novel, cleverly executed and great characters.
    Well narrated too, a very good series, this is book 3 I think.

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    "Never believe what people tell you first off"

    A really good story told at a good pace with fine dialogue and some witty one liners. It proves to me that authors can write exciting and enjoyable stories without loads of erotica. Well narrated the tale has a couple of good twists and red herrings. I really do like this author and will continue to read this series. Highly recommended.

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