A Steep Price (Tracy Crosswhite Series #6)

A Steep Price (Tracy Crosswhite Series #6)

by Robert Dugoni


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ISBN-13: 9781503954182
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Series: Tracy Crosswhite Series , #6
Pages: 380
Sales rank: 34,395
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Robert Dugoni is the critically acclaimed New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and #1 Amazon bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite Series, including My Sister’s Grave, Her Final Breath, In the Clearing, The Trapped Girl, and Close to Home. The Crosswhite Series has sold more than 2,500,000 books worldwide, and My Sister’s Grave has been optioned for television series development. Dugoni is also the author of the bestselling David Sloane series, which includes The Jury Master, Wrongful Death, Bodily Harm, Murder One, and The Conviction; the stand-alone novels The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell, The 7th Canon, and Damage Control; and the nonfiction exposé The Cyanide Canary, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year; as well as several short stories. He is the recipient of the Nancy Pearl Award for Fiction and the Friends of Mystery Spotted Owl Award for best novel in the Pacific Northwest. He is a two-time finalist for both the International Thriller Award and the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction and has been nominated for the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award. His books are sold worldwide in more than twenty-five countries and have been translated into more than two dozen languages, including French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Visit his website at www.robertdugoni.com, and follow him on Twitter @robertdugoni and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorRobertDugoni.

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A Steep Price 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
GratefulGrandma 13 days ago
A Steep Price, though #6 in this series, can be read as a standalone, but this is such an excellent series, I recommend you read them all. Once again, there are two stories being told as anyone knows that there is always more than one crime happening at a time. Detectives Del Castigliano and Vic Fazzio of the Seattle Police Department A Team are called to a shooting. It is daytime and a mother of two, Monique Rogers is gunned down in broad daylight in a city park. She is an African American community activist, who is trying to clean up the drug trade in her neighbourhood of South Park. Was this a retaliatory shooting or was Mrs. Rogers just in the wrong place at the wrong time? Not a soul will offer any information whatsoever. Faz, is sure that Little Jimmy, has something to do with this killing as he runs the drugs for the Sureno Cartel. Meanwhile, Detective Tracy Crosswhite is tied up in court as a witness while trying to keep her pregnancy a secret. Even though she has not revealed her pregnancy, a young female detective, Andrea Gonzalez, shows up as a new member of the A Team. Gonzalez already crosses swords with Tracy by asking her about her secret pregnancy. Has Captain Nolasco set plans into motion for a replacement for Tracy? When their only suspect is killed by Gonzalez, it looks like Faz is the fall guy for this shooting of an unarmed man. As Tracy is trying to reconcile why Gonzalez is there, she receives a call about a missing woman, Kavita Mukherjee. According to her best friend, Aditi, both women had their eyes set on medical school and roomed together. When Vita finds out Aditi is now married, she is angry and disappears. Is she just hiding to wrap her mind around the changes this will bring to her life, or has something bad happened to her? I liked that this story has Del and Faz front and center. Not only is Faz dealing with the issues plaguing his career, but his wife Vera has been diagnosed with cancer and he is also dealing with that. Del is off with a bad back, but when he comes back, he knows it is up to him to find out what really happened and clear Faz's name. This one is layered with crimes, brutality, gangs and drugs in one plotline, as well as arranged marriages, the place of women and how families believe that woman are property in some cultures. The issues of breast cancer are also dealt with to a degree. So much going on, yet is all fits and Dugoni has once again penned suspenseful story with a lot of realism and family issues. Once again, be sure to read the acknowledgments at the end of the story to find out more about the topics chosen for this book. I am still very happy with this series and will continue to read it as long as Robert Dugoni continues to write the Tracy Crosswhite series.
Cahansen64 30 days ago
A couple of years ago, Robert Dugoni very decisively moved into my list of favorite authors and this book is a great example why. Detective Tracy Crosswhite is going through challenges of her own, trying to keep her pregnancy undercover for the time being, but she gets herself involved in the disappearance of a young, beautiful Indian woman. Her team partner Fazzio gets in trouble when a valuable witness ends up dead. A great read and I'm looking forward to the next installment in the series.
JulieB 6 months ago
Dugoni has done it again! 4.5 ⭐️’s for this wonderfully-written thriller! I don’t usually like series—especially ones with numerous books—but this one is an exception. The main characters are likable and easy to relate to—especially Tracy Crosswhite. Tracy is called in to consult when a young woman appears to have disappeared. The woman—Kavita—is reported missing by her ex-roommate and childhood friend—Aditi. Both are young Indian women who have been financially cut-off from their parents for attending college and not conforming to their Indian customs/family wishes. But after a visit to India, Aditi unexpectedly gives in to pressure and marries. Upon returning home to retrieve her belongings, she breaks the news to Kavita that she’s leaving school and moving away with her new husband. Kavita is upset by her friend’s sudden abandonment and they‘re last encounter ends on somewhat unhappy terms. Then Kavita’s body is discovered in an abandoned well and Tracy is determined to solve the mystery behind the murder. Tracy is also trying to keep her pregnancy a secret, while her work life begins to become tumultuous. She suspects her boss is trying to replace her and this seems to be confirmed when a new detective is added to her team. At the same time, Vic Fazzio—one of Tracy’s team members—struggles with devastating personal issues, while his investigation of the murder of a local community activist starts to go south. Now two careers are on the line, as more deadly secrets emerge. There is a lot going on in the book, but Dugoni does a fantastic job of keeping it all organized so it’s easy to keep up! Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for this ARC, in exchange for my honest review! #AsteepPrice #NetGalley
JennMcLean 9 months ago
This is the sixth mystery in the Tracy Crosswhite series. I have reviewed Dugoni's first, second and fifth book although I've read them all and enjoyed them thoroughly. The synopsis on the back of the book gives a little peek into where this book is going. If you haven't read the last Tracy Crosswhite, spoiler alert NOW. Tracy is pregnant. Yep. And she hasn't told the squad. She's afraid of her placement within her friends will change if she tells her boss she's expecting. It doesn't help that there's a new female detective working with them all. And she keeps using Tracy's computer, desk and phone. Sometimes it's the little things that get annoying. But Tracy has larger concerns. She's working a big case involving arranged marriage. An estrangement from the victim's family points to foul play close to home. Tracy's colleague Vic is also in trouble when a case he's investigating goes pear shaped and a key witness is dead. Both their careers are on the line and it's just going to get more complicated. I always like Dugoni's books. One reviewer pointed out that his books always feel so real. Like this actually happened just the way he wrote it. I totally agree, it's the real details, the small pieces of evidence and nitty gritty bits that make these police procedurals feel authentic. Dugoni always hits just the right note. And he's always relevant to the times we're in now. "A Steep Price" is a totally engrossing novel. It's the characters that keep bringing me back. I want to know how Tracy's life is going and to learn how her other detective friends are faring. The cases, although excellently researched, are secondary. Dugoni writes a beautiful character, you want to know them and feel their hurts and bruises in life. If you have missed this series so far, I highly recommend you finding the first Tracy Crosswhite and start reading. You're missing something awesome.
whatsbetterthanbooks 10 months ago
Solid, intense, and captivating! In this latest novel by Dugoni, A Steep Price, we head back to Seattle where Tracy Crosswhite and her coworkers on the Seattle PD find themselves immersed in both the investigation of a murdered mother with some dangerous enemies and the disappearance of an Indian American, pre-med student whose moonlighting may or may not have gotten her killed. The prose is descriptive and gritty. The characterization is spot on with all the usual gang back including the tough, determined Tracy Crosswhite whose greatest struggles involve her memories, secrets, and new pregnancy. And the engrossing plot is a tightly-paced, ominous tale full of twists, turns, surprises, violence, and murder. Overall, A Steep Price is a highly entertaining, gripping, timely thriller that highlights Dugoni’s exceptionally ability to write police procedurals that have well-drawn characters and authentic storylines. It is the sixth novel in the Tracy Crosswhite series, and if you’re not already reading this series, you really should be!
MauCarden6 10 months ago
On the surface A Steep Price is a fine police procedural about Detective Tracy Crosswhite’s team working two entirely different cases. Tracy’s case is at the request of t Detective Katie Pryor, Missing Persons Squad, and involves the disappearance of a beautiful East Indian woman, Kavita Mukherjee. Tracy is hung up testifying in court, so Det. Kin Rowe is soon roped into the investigation. When Tracy finds Kavita's body, Tracy is determined to retain this case despite jurisdictional issues. At the same time Detectives Del Castigliano and Vic Fazzio are working the murder of a community activist who was trying to chase drugs and gangs from her neighborhood. On a deeper level I think this book is also an examination of the how the opposing emotions of love and hate can come to have the same tragic result. Adding to the tension there is also a newcomer to the squad who seems posed to take Tracy’s place permanently for when Tracy announces her pregnancy and also to permanently hang Del out to dry. Tracy goes slam dunk against a totally different culture in her investigation of the young woman. Dugoni tries very hard, and I think successfully, to present these cultural differences in a balanced way. Dugoni presents a different, but no less compelling, set of cultural mores with our American underclass based not just on race but of living in housing projects, of being intimidated by criminals, and mostly by lack of economic opportunity. The investigations ring true. Dugoni always writes believable and interesting story lines. Tracy and her team are like high end athletic shoes, top of the line, reliable and sometimes amusing, always the smart choice. Most secondary characters are like Louboutin stilettos, sharp and uncomfortable (I’m just guessing here). The yin and yang of the two investigations keep the readers involved and interested. This is mostly a police procedural. But Dugoni also doesn’t hesitate to dive into the yin and yang of the detective’s personal lives too. With great sensitivity he tackles both possible death and life in work and home. Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Sailim 11 months ago
Sixth in the Tracy Crosswhite series, Robert Dugoni ventures a bit further a field in “A Steep Price”. This book focused less on Crosswhite and either her partner or her husband, relying more on the other members of Violent Crimes’ “A Team” of detectives – Del and Faz. As with all Dugoni’s Crosswhite books, the stories – of which there are two – are well developed and thought out. The case involving Crosswhite is inspired by actual new articles the author read and elected to weave into a sad tale of family drama and murder. Del’s and Faz’s story plays out in cities across the country and certainly up and down the I-5 corridor on a daily basis. Even still, both stories were fresh and engaging, quickly absorbing the reader’s attention. The local details of the area will be appreciated by anyone familiar with the greater Seattle area. The book leaves Dugoni an “out” on where he chooses to take the future of Crosswhite and her friends. How he elects to proceed will be quite anticipated.
NovelKim 11 months ago
I have read only one book by Robert Dugoni, the Extraordinary Life of Same Hell and it was exceptional. I loved it. Thinking the genre of A Steep Price was so different I had slight trepidation when I opened the latest in the Tracy Crosswhite Series. As the expression goes, “no worries”, Dugoni writes crime, murder and high suspense extraordinarily well. This book stands alone and while reading the previous five books in the series would obviously fill in some of the back story I never felt adrift. The characters were credible, both in their police and private lives. Tracy Crosswhite and her partner Kinsington Rowe become involved in a missing person’s case which delves into ethnic, parental and feminist issues. Detectives Del Castigliano and Vic Fazzio have their own subplot and it was a nail-biter. A personal subplot examines a devastating situation confronting the Fazzios. As I was reading I kept telling my husband that this has to be his next go-to series. The story is interesting and fast moving, the characters are human and interesting and the writing is terrific. No doubt about it – I am going to read the five previous books as I look forward to Book Number 7. Thank you NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for an ARC
Carolefort 11 months ago
Thank you to Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for an e-ARC of A Steep Price by Robert Dugoni in exchange for an honest review. This novel is the sixth in the series featuring homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite. However, it can easily be read as a standalone. What makes this murder mystery interesting are the dual storylines: Tracy investigates a missing person case while another detective in her department, Vic Fazzio, investigates the murder of a community activist. The author moves seamlessly between the two cases, maintaining the attention of the reader throughout. This was my first Robert Dugoni but it will not be the last. The author proves to be exceptional when it comes to police procedurals. Highly recommended.
VWilliams 11 months ago
This plot, as well as the last, is multi-layered with parallel investigations dividing the Violent Crimes A-Team, Seattle, Washington. Tracy is finishing up a trial when she gets a call from a colleague with whom she has previously worked regarding missing person Kavita Mukherjee. She agrees that the missing student doesn't fit the normal profile. Tracy and Pryor find Kavita's body and that investigation escalates involving partner Kinsington Rowe. Meanwhile, Faz and Del are handling the drive-by shooting death of a young mother the same evening. At the same time, Faz is dealing with thoughts of his recently diagnosed wife. Added to the turmoil, Tracy has not yet divulged she is pregnant, thinking she has time during the trial to chill, but Nolasco has called in an LA transplant. The new female detective, Detective Gonzales, gets off on the wrong foot with Tracy immediately by pegging Tracy as pregnant. Because Del wrenches his back and is out temporarily, Detective Gonzales, accompanies Faz on an unofficial interview that turns deadly. But Gonzales appears to implicate Faz in the shooting rather than take responsibility herself. Dugoni wastes no time sucking the reader into the storyline. There is no problem getting a sense for who each character is and what they are about. I had to chuckle when Tracy exhibits those pregnancy hormones with defiance, temper, and emotion. There is banter between twenty-year partners Faz and Del that is natural and believable, Del trying to help ease his partner's home situation. Each novel could function as a standalone, although reading previous series entries may further develop characters for you. The plot moves with sufficient speed that you have no problem reading through it in short order, although the issue with the East Indian is obvious from the beginning. The author explores serious issues including drug cartels, street gangs, dating sites, arranged marriages, serious illness, and work/pregnancy conflicts. Both plot lines hold interest and strongly engage with characters you've invested in very quickly. This is a well developed and laid out plot, easy to follow, and quick to read. Dugoni delivers an intelligent, well-plotted police procedural and doesn't disappoint. Satisfying conclusion (especially with Faz), although I'd seriously question the author's notion of induced labor and (breast?) feeding. I was granted this uncorrected proof copy by the author, Thomas & Mercer, and NetGalley and appreciated the opportunity to read and review this exciting new entry to this series. Recommended for any who enjoy mystery, suspense-thrillers, and police procedurals. 4.5/stars
TropicalDelusions 11 months ago
A Steep Price – Robert Dugoni Detective Tracy Crosswhite and crew are back in this fabulous new novel by Robert Dugoni Asked by a colleague to assist in the investigation of a missing young college student, Tracy Crosswhite is only too happy to help. As she begins her investigation, Tracy quickly gets a sense that this is not just a co-ed on sabbatical – but a very driven student who has seemingly disappeared, and enlists partner Kins’s help. Meanwhile, Tracy is hiding a secret of her own – she’s pregnant. While returning to the station, Tracy unexpectedly meets Andrea Gonzalez, a new detective hired by Captain Nolasco to act as the ‘fifth wheel’, and Tracy fears is meant to replace her. At the same time, Detectives Vic Fazzio & Del Castligiano catch a homicide involving the shooting of a young advocate, Monique Rodgers, in the South Park area of Seattle. While on the scene, a young drug dealer, ‘Little Jimmy’ does a drive by and mimes shooting a gun at Faz – Faz was the detective responsible for the incarceration of his father years ago. Coincidence? Or related? Faz has also just received devastating news from the home front – his wife Vera has just been diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. As these investigations continue, newly hired Andrea shoots an unarmed suspect, and Faz finds himself sidelined as stories don’t mesh, and he finds himself implicated in the shooting. Determined to continue investigating on his own, Faz finds more than he bargains for and disappears. Will his team get to him in time? Nothing is at it seems, lives are on the line, and secrets are revealed, as both of these cases roll to stunning conclusions! Another fabulous read by Robert Dugoni! I first discovered him, and the Tracy Crosswhite series last spring on a discounted book site. Liking what I read, I immediately bought the remaining books in the series, and was fortunate enough to receive this as an advanced reader copy. If you love mysteries and police procedural type books, the Tracy Crosswhite series is a must!!
P-Lopez 12 months ago
A Steep Price is another excellent addition to the Tracy Crosswhite series by Robert Dugoni. I love the characters, and how they interact with each other, even during tense scenes, Robert Dugoni can weave in tension and humor that keeps the pages turning. Each of the sub-plots was equally interesting and moved the story forward to an exciting and satisfying conclusion. This book had me laughing, crying, and wanting more. I hope the next book in the series is not too far behind. Excellent book to include on your Must Read list.
Zot79 12 months ago
Robert Dugoni continues to hit all the right notes with the latest entry in the Tracy Crosswhite series, "A Steep Price". This around, the story delves into issues as varied as race, drugs, poverty, culture, education, pregnancy and workplace. 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. Disclosure: Thank you to Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for providing a free copy of this book in return for my honest review.
MonnieR 12 months ago
In my little world of books, not much makes me happier than finding a dependably enjoyable series. And this one, featuring Seattle homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite, fills that description - I look forward to reading each installment knowing I won't be disappointed. This book, the 6th in the series, is no exception (and to that end, many thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for the opportunity to read an advance review copy). Tracy, now married to Dan, an attorney, is expecting a baby. She's been keeping it a secret except for her partner, Kinsington Rowe (and well, her husband, of course). So when she comes back to the office after a day in court providing testimony to find a new female detective sitting at her desk, she's perplexed to say the least. When the woman offers no real apologies for taking over the spot - and asks Tracy about her pregnancy - Tracy wavers between fighting mad and concerned about her job. All that takes a back seat, though, when a friend calls to report a missing woman. Nothing is official - the woman, who is from a traditional Indian family from whom she is for the most part estranged, hasn't been gone long and she's a competent adult - but concerns quickly begin to suggest foul play. Missing persons cases aren't in Tracy's bailiwick, but she convinces her boss to let her have a go at it. As this plays out, Tracy's co-workers Del Castigliano and "Faz" Fazzio run to a shooting in a drug-infested part of town; the victim has been vocal about the need to clean the neighborhood swamp, so there's a good chance she was murdered simply to shut her up. Del and Faz will work the case as best they can, but the waters get harder to navigate when Faz gets some bad news on his home front that weighs heavily on his mind. The investigations bring the usual excitement and twists (although I'm proud to say I guessed one correctly). But this book pokes a number of emotional hot buttons as well, such as arranged marriages and other Indian traditions, working women and pregnancy, prostitution and adult "dating" websites and dealing with life-threatening illness. Collectively, it creates an engaging and thoroughly enjoyable reading experience. Well done once again!