The Last Line: A Short Story (Tracy Crosswhite) Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A newbie Seattle detective gets an education in corruption in a short story that explores Detective Castigliano’s origins in the Seattle PD by Robert Dugoni, the Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite series.
His old life in the rearview, Del Castigliano has left Wisconsin to work homicide for the Seattle PD. Breaking him in is veteran detective Moss Gunderson, and he’s handing Del a big catch: the bodies of two unidentified men fished from Lake Union. It’s a major opportunity for the new detective, and Del runs with it, chasing every lead - to every dead end. Despite the help of another section rookie, Vic Fazzio, Del is going nowhere fast. Until one shotgun theory looks to be dead right: the victims are casualties of a drug smuggling operation. But critical information is missing - or purposely hidden. It’s forcing Del into a crisis of character and duty that not even the people he trusts can help him resolve.
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|Listening Length||1 hour and 22 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 21, 2021|
|Publisher||Amazon Original Stories|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #46,168 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#243 in Fiction Short Stories
#1,069 in Police Procedural Mysteries
#1,869 in Crime Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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This short story has all the aspects of a Robert Dugoni novel that I have come to love reading the Terry Crosswhite series as well as other books. It is well written, flows well, has an extensive B-storyline, and captured my interest with a gripping storyline. Vic “Faz” Fazzio, the future partner of Terry Crosswhite also is a rookie in the Homicide Division. Of course, Del and Faz make up the second team of detectives in Terry’s Violent Crimes Section’s A-Team.
With all of this, why did rate this novel with two stars? The reason is that the author committed has the cardinal sin in writing for me. The ending is what I call a “Who Shot JR” (from the TV show, Dallas) ending. The short story ended abruptly with a major issue unresolved. These seven chapters would have been an excellent start to a full-length novel. I searched the eight Terry Crosswhite novels for the other principals and could not find any mention of them. At least with Dallas, you learned who shot JR in the next season. Hopefully, this story will continue in a future novel, but I find it hard to see how this would provide a backfill story as The Academy and Third Watch did. I did not rate this short story with one star because of the positive aspects I provided in the first sentence of the second chapter above.
I never thought that I would write this, but right now, I cannot recommend reading this short story. I might in the future, but not now.
And if you are a typical American ready to drink to cool aid, you won't like it... like the one star review person didn't.
Del is paired with veteran detective Moss Gunderson and they are called out to investigate two bodies fished out of Lake Union. Moss gives Del the lead, but every trail is a dead end until he reinterviews the harbormaster that Moss interviewed alone. Information is missing and Del goes to Vic for advice and assistance. Everyone does not have Del’s back, and he learns a valuable lesson.
I was immediately hooked. This short story has familiar characters from the Tracy Crosswhite series in an intriguing case from their pasts that is quickly read. This 1990’s case cements Del and Faz’s friendship and I am looking forward to how it impacts Del in the present.
The Last Line was very interesting . I enjoyed meeting the younger Del, Faz and Vera. The story was intriguing. A conspiracy was just starting to be unfolded when it ended. Again, very abruptly.
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Robert Dugoni I have read everyone of your books, you are better than this.
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