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Steep Price, A (Tracy Crosswhite) MP3 CD – June 26, 2018
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“Robert Dugoni has multiple stories that weave into a beautiful narrative. What makes A Steep Price stand out is the authentic feel of how it feels to work as a police officer in a major city. With relevant and timely issues, including the treatment of women in the workplace and how some cultures believe in the practice of arranged marriage, the result is another outstanding novel from one of the best crime writers in the business.” —Associated Press
“Packed with suspense, drama, and raw emotion…Dugoni has a firm grasp of the plot threads, and he shifts back and forth between them expertly, building suspense and keeping us on our toes. A fine entry in a solid series.” —Booklist
“Fully developed characters and a fast-moving plot that builds to a shocker of an ending distinguish this crime novel.” —Publishers Weekly
“A Steep Price is both compelling and politically relevant, a perfect addition to this beloved series. One of the strongest elements of Dugoni’s books has always been his ability to balance numerous plotlines, characters, and twists without ever confusing or distracting the reader. In A Steep Price, he is at his absolute best, juggling several timely, personal, and riveting storylines without a single misstep. In a world full of police thrillers and crime fiction, this is what has always made the series stand out. Tracy Crosswhite and her team have never just been police officers, and Dugoni makes their personal lives every bit as fascinating as their lives on duty without ever sacrificing a single detail. Their continuous development over the course of the series is believable, relatable, and endlessly riveting. It seems there is no stone left unturned by Dugoni, and his love for his creations leaps off the page. Longtime readers will adore following Tracy’s pregnancy; Dugoni is compassionate and thoughtful in his exploration of motherhood, and it adds a whole new depth to the series as a whole…A Steep Price is without a doubt one of the best books in the series…” —Bookreporter
“A riveting suspense novel…A gripping story.” —Crimespree Magazine
Praise for The Tracy Crosswhite Series and Robert Dugoni:
“Dugoni has a gift for creating compelling characters and mysteries that seem straightforward, but his stories, like an onion, have many hidden layers. He also is able to capture the spirit and atmosphere of the Pacific Northwest, making the environment come alive.” —Associated Press
“Crosswhite is a sympathetic, well-drawn protagonist, and her next adventure can’t come fast enough.” —Library Journal (starred review)
“An immensely—almost compulsively—readable tale…A crackerjack mystery.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Dugoni is a superb storyteller…” —Boston Globe
“[Dugoni is the] master of Seattle menace.” —The Big Thrill
“Dugoni does a masterful job...If you are not already reading his books, you should be!” —BookReporter
“Dugoni has become one of the best crime novelists in the business...” —RT Book Reviews
“Dugoni breathes life into the police procedural like never before. Put the Tracy Crosswhite series…on your ‘must read’ list!” —Suspense Magazine
“Dugoni’s twisted tale is one of conspiracy and culpability…Richly nuanced and entirely compelling… Further amplifying such gravitas is the richly atmospheric sense of place, with Seattle’s bitter chill serving as a suitable backdrop…” —Criminal Element
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Tracy and her partner, Kins, are called in to help investigate the disappearance of a young University of Washington student. When her body is found at the bottom of an abandoned well not far from her home, the initial ruling is suicide. But Tracy's not buying it and investigates it as a murder.
Meanwhile, Faz and Del are assigned to the killing of a local mother and activist in a high crime neighborhood. Their investigation puts them at odds with both the community and the cartel that seems to run things. It also puts them into real danger.
The author keeps everything fluid and moving and real, including Tracy's conundrum about when and how to announce her pregnancy. As usual, the writing is crisp and clear and realistic, right down to the park I pass almost every day on the way to work.
I’ve read all the Tracy Crosswhite books. Each has been a great read. No question, Robert Dugoni is a terrific story teller. This book was outstanding all the way through.
I don’t re tell story lines in my reviews. Instead I analyze the read by plot, character development, rising and falling action, anti climax (where evident). And, of course, resolution.
I’m suspending my normal approach in this instance.
What I want to say, is how much I was impressed with the story telling approach the author used in this read. There are several stories interweaving with each other in this book. Each story has its own chapter and each contains a mini “cliff hanger” at the end of the chapter. Ordinarily, I dislike cliff hangers, because their sole motivation...from the writer’s point of view is to entice the reader to read the next book. In other words such books are not stand alone reads.
The beauty of this read is that every “cliff hanger” is resolved at the end of this book! I marveled at the way Dugoni put this all together. And, he did.
To be any more specific would be a big ***spoiler alert***.
But by doing it the way his did, is again, a 6 star effort on his part and one of the best books I’ve read to date.
You do not need to read any of the prior Crosswhite books in order to appreciate this book, Each is a stand alone unto it self. However, what I will say is that each of the prior books enriched this read very nicely.
I greatly recommend this book.
Short review: read it.
Robert Dugoni is a must buy, must read author. This stand-alone is easy to follow and difficult to put down. No editing errors, gratuitous violence or drag-you-down drama.
Intriguing storyline with two separate homicide cases. Descriptive writing that draws the reader into each scene and the emotions evoked. Realistic procedures, actions and reactions. Believable characters with distinct personalities. Thought-provoking, informative and snarky dialogue.
'His profile said he was a computer software engineer and he was opening his own start-up company.” She scoffed again. “He was an unemployed computer programmer living in the garage of his parents’ home.'
“The Internet is a dangerous place,” Peterson said, without looking at her computer. “You can go online and protect your identity, but then, so can the person you’re targeting. It can be a very deadly game.”
I will re-read this story and always look forward to, pre-order when possible, new works by this author.
This is actually two homicide stories involving detectives in the Seattle Police Homicide Division. Both narratives move at a steady speed, and keep the action galvanic. The storyline grabs hold from the beginning and doesn’t let go.
The characters are well-developed and have clearly defined personalities. They are believable and might even remind a reader of an acquaintance. The actions are credible, and the stories could very well be true to life. The dialogue is not stilted and the tale is written in such a way that the reader has a good mental image without gory descriptive murder scenarios, lots of foul language or explicit sex scenes. There are enough scoundrels to keep the reader guessing as to who done it! All in all, a very well thought out plot and character development.
A new detective shows up on the scene, and, for various reasons, Tracy takes a dislike to her. Tracy’s colleague, Vic Fazzio (Faz), soon has his own reason to dislike and distrust the newcomer. Faz’s regular partner, Del, is taking a day or so of sick leave. Meanwhile, Faz gets temporarily partnered with the new detective, and her actions cause some serious distrust and anguish for him. Faz’s spouse’s health issues and his newly created job stresses are almost overpowering. When Del and Faz get back together, they work to solve, not only a murder case, but the mystery of who the new detective really is. The story gains momentum and becomes electrifying as Faz finds himself in a prickly situation in which he really could use some help…..maybe a lot of help.
Tracy Crosswhite, along with her partner Kins, is called in to investigate the disappearance of a university student. The girl’s parents hold onto the customs of another time and another country, while the missing girl is an all American girl. When her body is found, there are suggestions of suicide; however, Tracy feels that a homicide probe is the order of the day. The investigation leads to the baring of some surprising secrets of both the murdered girl and her family.
Tracy has a secret of her own that is about to be revealed, and her life is in for a big change.
The stories shift back and forth with expertise, and the reader does not lose track of who, what, where or when. Both tales are put together nicely and end up like a finished jigsaw puzzle with every piece fitting in place perfectly.
Top international reviews
It's nice to sit down and once more reacquaint myself with Tracy and her cohorts. Tracy doesn't really appear as much in this story, though. It doesn't matter, however, as it's good to concentrate on other members of the squad now and then. I knew from the dedication at the beginning that something awful was going to happen to someone in this story, and he did a great job in taking us along on that particular journey. I did find myself feeling as though I had homework set a few times, though, as he kept writing Spanish phrases and I had to keep getting them translated !! This and just one solitary missed-off apostrophe are my only gripes so presentation is also spot-on. I was interested to read that sunshine can destroy DNA. I had never known this before now and neither that the Medical Examiner usually makes death notifications there as opposed to the police, though that might only be in Washington State.
This one had the nicest cover so far I've seen on his books. There were a few passages or remarks that I found very amusing in it, mostly in Faz's dealings with the local gangstas' !
I did figure out "whodunnit" quickly on one of the parallel cases but that spoilt nothing about it. Makes a change for me to guess right, though, as it isn't usually the case. Another observation from me, and not only in regards to this set of books, is the times Americans refer to compass points, whereas I'd have said on the left or right-hand side of something, for example. They do it a great deal.....although I know my NESW I probably couldn't say at any given time that somebody went southwards or eastwards, for example, yet they seem to do it without thinking over there. I find that interesting.
Once again this is a tremendous thriller and the series is great and I highly recommend this author.
Mr Dugoni obviously does his research well and his characters are always believable.
I hope there's another in the series so I can find out if Tracy goes back to the SPD or finally tells Nolasco where to go.