In the Clearing (Tracy Crosswhite #3)

img_5027Author: Robert Dugoni 

Publisher: Thomas and Mercer

Rating: 4.5 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Novel in Series

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Blurb: 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?

: This third novel in the series by Robert Dugoni was as riveting as the last two with the added bonus of familiarity with the characters and a sense of what Tracy’s modus operandi is when she’s investigating. The feel was a little different this time, but the intensity was just the same.

Kimi Kanasket was a Native American high school girl who had a promising future until her body was found in the White Salmon River. It was declared a suicide, but police academy classmate–now Sheriff–Jenny Almond’s father, former Klickitat County Deputy Sheriff Buzz Almond, had never bought that. Forty years later, Jenny calls on Tracy to help her solve this cold case or put it to bed forever.

When Tracy gets to Stoneridge and starts investigating the decades-old crime, she begins to unravel a conspiracy that is rooted in the past but still resonates in the lives of the people involved even now. As she slowly uncovers the truth of what occurred, its horrific details emerge and bring to light a secret that was kept from even those who thought they’d perpetrated it. With a double cross twist that no one saw coming, the murder was made inextricably worse… Robert Dugoni constructed an elaborate plot involving not only the loss of a young girl’s life but the destruction that death created in the lives of the people involved.

At the same time at home in Seattle, Tracy’s coworkers are involved in the weird domestic shooting of a famous defense lawyer’s son in law by his daughter, and of the young son who’s ultimately bearing the weight of his parent’s dysfunctional relationship.

I really liked the way that this book was written, with flashbacks to 1976 and into Buzz’s mind, alongside the present-day investigation with Tracy and her team of forensic experts. I didn’t feel the same fear for her that I’ve felt in the past two books, but the murder and the twist in it–I just couldn’t stop thinking about it. And what a betrayal!

Great detective mystery with a kick in the teeth at the end. Thanks!

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