Author: Robert Dugoni
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Rating: 5 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: 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?
Review: Wow! I was completely shocked at the end of this story and I can see exactly how I was led down the garden path…now. Robert Dugoni surpassed his legendary skills in this thriller of a woman who returns to an investigation that’s only gotten worse in the intervening time. And she’s being framed to take the fall when it fails by none other than her boss. Why? It all started many years ago…
Have you ever known anyone who’d rather have a killer on the loose than let someone else solve the case? Someone you hated? Well, in this novel it’s nearly that bad. If you’ve ever been one of those who thinks that the police are the bad guys and that evil triumphs over good, this book will give you some exciting reading…until the cavalry rides in. Because as most of us who read mysteries know, sometimes it takes a while for karma to act, but when it does, the bad guys always go down.
When Tracy Crosswhite gets back into town after helping solve her sister’s murder (in the first book Her Sister’s Grave), she’s inundated with media asking her why she’d left the murderer who was stalking Seattle’s exotic dancers? Why? Because when she left town, her boss Johnny Nolasco, had turned Nicole Hansen’s murder investigation over to the Cold Case Unit after only four weeks. When her parents and the media caught wind of it and blamed the police for being insensitive to women, he blamed Tracy for leaving town and not closing it.
But after Angela Schreiber’s body was found with a similar M.O. and Veronica Watson’s next, Tracy and her partner Kins started suspecting they had a serial killer. And so did the higher-ups in the department, but God Forbid it got out. As luck would have it (as well as a jerky leak in the department) that got leaked to the press, and all of a sudden Tracy found herself heading a task force. Nolasco had given her next to no budget for it and even less manpower to fill it. He was setting her up to take the fall.
Gripping and suspenseful, the Tracy Crosswhite series is as good as it gets in the mystery genre. Fiercely curious and calm in the line of fire, she’s someone I’d want watching my six. Can’t wait to read the next one! Thanks