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?
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Outstanding on Many Levels
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.