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The Trapped Girl (Tracy Crosswhite, 4) Paperback – January 24, 2017
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In this #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller, Tracy Crosswhite must first identify the victim to catch the killer.
When a woman's body is discovered submerged in a crab pot in the chilly waters of Puget Sound, Detective Tracy Crosswhite finds herself with a tough case to untangle. Before they can identify the killer, Tracy and her colleagues on the Seattle PD's 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. Once again, New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni delivers a taut, riveting thriller in the fourth installment of his acclaimed Tracy Crosswhite series.
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"In Dugoni’s outstanding fourth Tracy Crosswhite mystery, the Seattle homicide detective investigates the death of Andrea Strickland, a young woman whose body a fisherman finds in a crab pot raised from the sea...In less deft hands this tale wouldn’t hold water, but Dugoni presents his victim’s life in discrete pieces, each revealing a bit more about Andrea and her struggle to find happiness. Tracy’s quest to uncover the truth leads her into life-altering peril in this exceptional installment." —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Dugoni drills so deep into the troubled relationships among his characters that each new revelation shows them in a disturbing new light… an unholy tangle of crimes makes this his best book to date.” —Kirkus Reviews
“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.…another winner from Dugoni.” —Associated Press
“All of Robert Dugoni's talents are once again firmly on display in The Trapped Girl, a blisteringly effective crime thriller…structured along classical lines drawn years ago by the likes of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. A fiendishly clever tale that colors its pages with crisp shades of postmodern noir.” —Providence Journal
“Robert Dugoni, yet again, delivers an excellent read.…With many twists, turns, and jumps in the road traveled by the detective and her cohorts, this absolutely superb plot becomes more than just a little entertaining. The problem remains the same: Readers must now once again wait impatiently for the next book by Robert Dugoni to arrive.” —Suspense Magazine
“The Trapped Girl is a blistering mystery, and some of Robert Dugoni’s best work to date.” —The Real Book Spy
“Dugoni weaves an intricate and absorbing story that’s as hot as the unseasonable Seattle weather his detective battles through.” —Authorlink
Praise for The Tracy Crosswhite Series:
“Combines the best of a police procedural with a legal thriller, and the end result is outstanding…Dugoni continues to deliver emotional and gut-wrenching, character-driven suspense stories that will resonate with any fan of the thriller genre.” —Library Journal, Starred Review
“Dugoni does a masterful job... If you are not already reading his books, you should be!” —BookReporter
“Dugoni does a superior job of positioning [the plot elements] for maximum impact...” —Publishers Weekly
“Well written, and its classic premise is sure to absorb legal-thriller fans…The characters are richly detailed and true to life, and the ending is sure to please fans.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A stunningly suspenseful exercise in terror that hits every note at the perfect pitch.” —Providence Journal
“Dugoni has become one of the best crime novelists in the business, and his latest featuring Seattle homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite will only draw more accolades.” —Romantic Times, Top Pick
About the Author
Robert Dugoni is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite series, including In the Clearing, Her Final Breath, and My Sister's Grave, which became an Amazon #1 bestseller, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, a finalist for the 2015 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, including The Jury Master, Wrongful Death, Bodily Harm, Murder One, and The Conviction. Murder One was also a finalist for the Harper Lee Prize. In addition to the stand-alone novel Damage Control, Dugoni penned the nonfiction exposé The Cyanide Canary, which was a Washington Post Best Book of the Year selection. His books have been likened to Scott Turow and Nelson DeMille, and he has been hailed as "the undisputed king of the legal thriller" by the Providence Journal.
Visit his website at www.robertdugoni.com and follow him on Twitter @robertdugoni and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorRobertDugoni.
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (January 24, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 377 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1503940403
- ISBN-13 : 978-1503940406
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #56,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #1,732 in Murder Thrillers
- #2,651 in Police Procedurals (Books)
- #3,481 in Women Sleuths (Books)
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I love how Robert Dugoni keeps you guessing until the very end.
I love that ever book explains and goes into more detail the justice system and the behind the scenes, nitty gritty truth of police work and the legal /justice system and how they are designed to work hand in hand, and show when and how they don't.
Far more realistic than anything Hollywood has put out on the screen.
Keep it up!
I can't wait to read the next book.
We start with a teenager trying to save enough money to repay his father the money he loaned him for his new fishing boat. So, he takes a risk and breaks the G&F regulations to get a jump on selling crabs to local eateries - for cash, of course, which also violates IRS regulations. He plants his octagonally shaped crab pot in his honey hole and when he goes back to retrieve it comes up with a rectangular-shaped crab pot that does not contain crabs but, from what he can see, a human hand with painted fingernails.
Of course, Crosswhite and the A team of the Seattle Police Department's Violent Crimes Division (start with book #1 and read in order to understand) are assigned the case only to have the Sheriff’s office from ano County who was investigating a missing person's case who think the trapped woman is their missing person. Crosswhite’s supervisor, who would love nothing better than to prove her incompetent, refuses to fight for the A team’s right to pursue the case and it is returned to the Sheriff’s jurisdiction.
An introverted woman named Andrea (whose maiden name is never given) meets Graham Strickland an attorney at an office function. He claims he is about to be made partner in his firm and was encouraged to mix at events where he might be able to bring in business to the firm. Strickland fancies himself an entrepreneur and plans to start his own business and work for himself.
Andrea marries Strickland a few months later. Since the couple lives in Oregon. where recreational marijuana is legal, he decides he wants to open a retail outlet. This is not an inexpensive endeavor.
During their efforts to borrow the money to launch their retail marijuana store Strickland learns his wife has a half a million-dollar trust fund set up by her parents. Andrea tells him that her parents set up the trust in a way that prohibits using the money to underwrite the start of a new business. Lying on his application for a loan regarding his income and his standing at the law firm he claims he works for, the start-up money is obtained. Unfortunately, Strickland has champagne taste on an ice water budget and wants his outlet in an expensive neighborhood with expensive fixtures. Andrea advises him that a change in the law regarding the sale of marijuana is about to be passed. When the new law is passed, cultivators can now sell their product at retail, cheaper than retail outlets can sell it. As a result, the Stricklands do not sell enough product to pay their expenses. He then becomes his own best customer.
Andrea takes out a life insurance policy on her life but claims they don’t need one on his since, if anything happened to him, she would have access to the trust fund. The wife’s refusal to use her trust fund to bail him out of debt creates trouble in their marriage. Finally, she suggests they take a hiking trip to Mount Rainier to see if they can become closer. Strickland agrees to the hiking trip but, while hiking, Andrea goes missing.
How does a person who goes missing on Mount Rainier, which is 59 miles North/Northwest of Seattle, become the body in a crab pot in Puget Sound in Seattle? Of course, Crosswhite and the A-team (start with book #1 and read in order to understand) are assigned the case only to have to wage a jurisdictional war with the Sheriff’s office and, of course, their supervisor.
Some of this you will figure out before it’s revealed but most of it you won’t know until the story is finally told. So settle in to read for a long while - you will want to read until you know the entire story.
I will admit that this book takes a bit to grab you. I was never bored by it, but, at first, the case seemed too simple. You learn later that was by design so the twists the case takes later make it all the more thrilling; I will say that come the last third of the story, I could not put the book down! But part of what made it a bit harder to get into the story is that you get “Jane Doe’s” perspective. The story switches from its normal 3rd person POV to 1st person for those chapters. The idea being that you can follow along “in real time” with what happened to the victim as Tracy and her team start piecing the mystery together. I wasn’t a fan of those chapters all that much, so when the book moved away from that style, let’s just say I wasn’t mad about it.
Dugoni doesn’t spend much time on character building or anything like that, the focus is primarily the case and the mystery around that. You get some with Tracy as she finally gets to a place where she is ready to get back the life she once had before her sister’s disappearance and brutal murder. You will also experience exquisite rage every time Nolasco is on the page. He’s one of those infuriating characters that is so perfect to hate. But, otherwise, you don’t get much on the detectives. Del and Faz still serve as a stereotypical comic relief, but at least the characters are self-aware of that so… that’s good? But because the characters aren’t complex, it’s easy to revisit them after long absences as well, as there isn’t much to remember about them. Which is… good? I didn’t mind it in this kind of genre to be honest, but I know others can find that boring. In fact, the only thing that bothered me about Dugoni’s writing this time is that the female characters all seemed to be a bit too concerned with weight and getting fit. For some characters it makes sense, but when every female character that is introduced seems to have this fixation… That’s where I have the problem.
This mystery is such a slow burn that, at first, it does seem kind of boring, so I didn’t think I’d rate this book all that highly. But I really enjoyed the twist the story took, how it focuses on the darkest sides of greed, and I liked watching how Tracy and Kins broke down the theory of the case together. There were also some very tender moments between Tracy and Dan that helped break up an otherwise dark story. Still, the beginning did start a bit lackluster for my tastes, and I did get a skivvy feeling when it came to weight and appearance of the female characters, so this gets 3.5 stars from me. But even with the slow and rather bland start, I was able to finish this book in a few days and am looking forward to my next case with Tracy Crosswhite!
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The hint at future "cold cases" wets my appetite and I hope not all the victims are young females, otherwise it would be a form of type casting that would wear very thin. A very enjoyable read, I have no hesitation in recommending it.
I couldn't make my mind up about the Jane Doe who features in this story. One minute she comes across as a victim you feel sorry for, then she'll say or do something completely out of character (from her diaries) and it makes you wonder. It's a book that totally keeps you on your toes and I made guesses throughout as to what I thought was going on......and as usual got most of them wrong !! Poor Tracy has to work on a lot of this case with a cop called Fields who is THE biggest dinosaur she's happened across, I think. A right sexist pig who needed slapping down hard perhaps thirty years before and he'd not have been such a dick now !!
I still get bothered in books based in America when they write like this-"You want me to come with ?"
I don't really understand why they talk like this and it smacks me in the face every time they do !! He used "salute" as opposed to "salut" when making toasts, too. The only time I spotted any punctuation was wrong was one missing comma in "My how the mighty have fallen" and that was it. Very good going indeed. The ending made me sniffy but it ended as I'd wanted it to. I'm looking forward to book 5 in the series.
The fact that she is quickly revealed to be thick as two planks being led by the nose so easily by a clearly duplicitous husband makes the whole story laughably implausible!
I'm sorry, I've liked several Dugoni books, but I couldn't take any more of this on!