Reviewed in the United States on January 27, 2017
First, I would like to express my thanks to Thomas and Mercer Books, NetGalley and the author who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Robert Dugoni is on a very hot roll currently. However, Dugoni is, also, IMHO at, or very near, the top of his game, too. I am currently reading the Tracy White police procedural/legal thriller series. The Trapped Girl is book four in this series, and the writing and the stories just seem to get better and better. I really enjoy this series, and this definitely was my favorite in the series. I have not read book three, yet. We can only hope that he is not having his “Dylanesque” peak anytime soon. Let the songs keep coming.
Kurt Schill, a Seattle teenager, is out trying to make a few extra bucks illegally in the wee hours by poaching crabs. He goes out into the fog and darkness and drops his crab pots, and then returns to get them, hopefully full. This all works fine and dandy until one night he has the one-in-a-million misfortune to pull out a very heavy pot, and it don’t look like any crabs are in this pot. Schill resigns himself to calling in the found body even though he is breaking the law. Tracy Crosswhite, Seattle major crimes unit, is the quick to respond. The first order of business will be to identify the victim which turns out to be extremely difficult and very time-consuming, along with a couple of other things that are better left unsaid if one has not read the book yet.
The usual cast of quirky detectives are present: Del Castigliano, Vic “Fazz” Fazzio, Kinnsington “Kins” Rowe, and Tracy in the pit, or the crew. Del and Fazz cover the bases of the paper trails and background work with people. Kins and Tracy chase down and speak with suspects, persons of interest, and people familiar with these people. And, they, especially Tracy, report directly to Captain Johnny Nolasco, and their working relationship lacks a lot to be desired. Dugoni seems to maximize the amount of interest that the reader can garner without going too far, a not so easy accomplishment IMHO.
Graham and Andrea Strickland are a couple with a troubled marriage. Graham leases a Porsche and is a lawyer. He wants the best of everything with sugar on top, but he really does not want to have to work for it. That’s so, so yesterday. He is better at spending money that making money, he is greedy, lazy, unfaithful, and dishonest. Other than that, I guess that he is okay. His wife is Andrea. She is a very quiet, demur and a predictable creature of habit. She has a job helping a friend, but she is not a very sociable person. She has stack upon stack of books, and she devours books quickly. She only wants to read and hike. Anyway, somehow they are involved in the crab pot case.
Once again, Robert Dugoni’s writing is off the charts crazy. Police procedurals are not supposed to be like this? Legal thrillers are seldom this exciting. Dugoni’s creativity and original ideas and his ability to advance them with story and plot and characters is definitely something to keep in the back of your mind while reading The Trapped Girl, or any other book in the Tracy Crosswhite series. Dugoni is quickly becoming one of my favorite go-to authors. The Trapped Girl tops this list. I would have no problem recommending this book to anyone, regardless of what they read. This is a 5-star.