About the book (from the publisher): When a woman’s body is found submerged in a crab pot in the chilly waters of Puget Sound, Detective Tracy Crosswhite finds herself in a tough case to untangle. Before they can identify the killer, Tracy and her colleagues on the Seattle PD Violent Crimes Section must figure out who the victim is. Her autopsy, however, reveals she may have gone to great lengths to conceal her identity. So who was she running from?
After evidence surfaces that their Jane Doe may be a woman who suspiciously disappeared months earlier, Tracy is once again haunted by the memory of her sister’s unsolved murder. Dredging up details from the woman’s past leads to conflicting clues that only seem to muddy the investigation. As Tracy begins to uncover a twisted tale of brutal betrayal and desperate greed, she’ll find herself risking everything to confront a killer who won’t go down without a deadly fight.
This is the fourth installment of the series and it does not disappoint. Dugoni lives in the Pacific Northwest and his descriptions of the landscape and the cities and small towns in that area of the country are beautifully written. Having spent almost no time there, I appreciate this ‘visit’ to a lovely and very different part of the country from where I live.
The series started with a book about the unsolved murder of Tracy’s sister and it is that murder that has made her the driven detective that she is. It fuels her desire to find the missing, to help the families left behind, to bring justice. This case, as written by Dugoni, has several plot twists that are surprising and keep the reader guessing to the end.
The characters are detailed and complex. Dugoni reveals only so much, so that we discover – along with Tracy – who they are and what, if anything, they are hiding. Also developed over time are Tracy’s colleagues, an intriguing mix of personalities and quirks. Dugoni paints a very realistic portrait of detective work, the rewards – and the daily frustrations.
This is a compelling story. I read it very quickly, simply because I didn’t want to put it down. I recommend the Tracey Crosswhite series highly. You can certainly read them as stand alone novels, but reading them in order is rewarding because you can observe Tracy’s progression, as well as that of other recurring characters.
About the author: Robert Dugoni is the New York Times bestselling author of In the Clearing, Her Final Breath and My Sister’s Grave, which became and Amazon #1 bestseller, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller, a finalist for the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, a finalist for the International Thriller Award, and winner of the Nancy Pearl Book Award for fiction He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling David Sloane series.