In the Clearing (Tracy Crosswhite Series #3)

In the Clearing (Tracy Crosswhite Series #3)

by Robert Dugoni


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ISBN-13: 9781503953574
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 05/17/2016
Series: Tracy Crosswhite Series , #3
Pages: 355
Sales rank: 68,654
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Robert Dugoni is the critically acclaimed bestselling author of nine thrillers. My Sister’s Grave, the first book in the Tracy Crosswhite series, became a #1 Amazon bestseller and a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. The popular series includes Her Final Breath and the short stories “The Academy” and “Third Watch.” Dugoni’s first novel, The Jury Master, made the New York Times bestseller list and launched the popular David Sloane series, which includes Wrongful Death, Bodily Harm, Murder One, and The Conviction. Dugoni’s books have been likened to those of Scott Turow and Nelson DeMille, and he has been hailed as “the undisputed king of the legal thriller” and the “heir to Grisham’s literary throne.”

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In the Clearing 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
Robert Dugoni brings back Tracy Crosswhite to help solve a case that has been cold for 40 years as well as a recent murder where domestic abuse is involved. When Tracy travels to a nearby town for the funeral of the father of a former police academy classmate and friend, Jenny, asks for her help. She has found a file in her father's desk from the death of a 17 year old Native American girl. It was officially ruled as suicide but Jenny's father, Buzz, had his doubts. Jenny's dad was a new deputy when he investigated and when the case was closed by the investigators, he had no choice but to let it go. Jenny would like Tracy to take a look at the file as an oustider. She would like closure for her father and for the girl's family. As Tracy investigates, she follows the deputy's footsteps and finds that in this small town, there are many secrets. This story is told in two timelines. As Tracy investigates, we find ourselves in 1976 sharing Buzz's perspective, then the present following both murder investigations. Tracy is a very smart detective, she knows what to ask, how to ask it and is very adept at reading people. She solves crimes like puzzles spreading everything out in front of herself to see it all at one time. We do not see as much of Kins in this story as he is not working with Tracy for the cold case, but we see enough to know that he has a personal issue that he is dealing with. Faz and Del are as irascible as ever and make me laugh often. As Tracy gets closer to solving the 40 year old case, it also helps her to solve the present day case in Seattle. She is a wonderful protagonist and I am looking forward to reading the next one in this series. This series is very well written, with many believable characters both good and bad. There is plenty of mystery and suspense to keep the reader entertained from beginning to end. The crimes are realistic to a degree, but this is fiction. I think all lovers of mystery, police procedurals and female detectives will enjoy this series.
MoonTalk More than 1 year ago
Tracy Crosswhite At Her Best This is the third novel in the Tracy Crosswhite Series. I had just finished the sixth novel in this series, and I knew that I needed to go back and read the only novel in the series that I had not read. The novel opens in southern Washington state with the death of a young Native American woman in 1976. The death is ruled a suicide, but a brand new deputy sheriff, Buzz Almond, doesn’t believe so. He does a thorough investigation. He has his suspicions but the investigation turns cold. The storylines jumps to modern day — 2016 in this case. Tracy receives a call of a shooting in an upper-class community. It was domestic violence where the husband was shot by the wife. The wife’s father is a prominent and contentious defense attorney. It looks like an open and shut case, but all isn’t as it seems and becomes quite complex very quickly. The storyline moves to southern Washington with the funeral of Buzz Almond. Tracy and her boyfriend, Dan, are invited to the funeral by Jenny Almond, Buzz’s daughter. Jenny was a classmate of Tracy’s at the Police Academy. She became homesick and returned home to follow in her father’s footsteps. She asks Tracy to review the case file that her father had kept all those years of the young Native American woman’s death to see if there was something there. While the death did not occur within her jurisdiction, she would grease the skids with the local police for Tracy. Tracy accepts but must clear it with her captain and longtime nemesis. Both storylines proceed with interesting twists and turns that captured and maintained my attention throughout the entire novel. The B-storyline is rich. The relationship between Tracy and her boyfriend, Dan, is maturing with significant steps occurring in this book. The major B-storyline concerns Tracy’s partner, Kins, and his marriage. These B-storylines are woven into the main storylines very naturally and enrichens the enjoyment of the novel for me. This novel uses only four f-bomb and a few more minor uses of vulgar language. All of it was consistent with the characters and situation. There wasn’t any graphic sex. Therefore, these two areas should not stop anyone from reading this novel. The author provides adequate backfill for any points from the previous novels that pertain to this novel. As I wrote at the start of this review, I recently completed the sixth novel in this series. I enjoyed that novel so much that I just needed to go back read the one novel that I had skipped. I really enjoyed reading this novel. I give it five stars and strongly recommend it to all to read.
Zot79 More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite things about Robert Dugoni is that he never writes the same book twice when he's writing a series. Another thing I love is that the characters and situations he writes are so vivid and captivating that you can't put the book down until you've reached the end. He's done it again with the third book in the Tracy Crosswhite series, In The Clearing. The first book was deeply personal to Tracy as she literally dug through the past and put herself in the crosshairs. The second book was more suspenseful because she was dealing with an active killer who seemed to be hunting her. This is another cold case, like her sister's murder from the first book. Yet, it's completely different. This time, the small town is unfamiliar and there's the added tension involving football heroes and Native Americans. Dugoni weaves a fascinating tale of patient detective work as Tracy digs through forensic evidence, brings in experts and talks to witnesses with bad memories and personal agendas. She's not jumping to conclusions. But she eventually digs deep enough to get the killer's attention and put herself in danger. There's a secondary murder investigation back in Seattle involving a domestic dispute. Of course, something that Tracy learns on the cold case will help her unravel the other mystery. Thankfully, it's not too distracting and it's fun to see the author, and Tracy, stay on top of two separate cases. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Tracy was on a Violent Crimes Section A Team. Her sergeant was Billy Williams, her partner Kim Kingsington/ Kins . This story was just confusing going back and forth between the past and future and because of this just didn’t work for me/ The characters were good as was the writing just didn’t like the back and forth. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
Glorysong2 More than 1 year ago
In the Clearing was fascinating. A cold case, involving the death of a Native American was a hard case to solve (having occurred 40 years in the past). Diligent work provided the answer to the question of suicide or murder. Dugoni is an author I enjoy and this book was no disappointment. A good mystery. A thank you to Net Galley for offering this book free for a review.
pet1210 More than 1 year ago
40 years ago, the death of Kimi Kanasket, a Native American girl about to start college, was deemed a suicide. But her family and Deputy Sheriff Buzz Almond had doubts. When Buzz's daughter, Sheriff Jenny Almond, asks Tracy to look into this cold case with a fresh perspective, Tracy is reminded of her sister's disappearance and the pain of not knowing what happened that affected her family so deeply. At the same time, Tracy's team back in Seattle deal with an investigation into the shooting of an estranged husband and father following a domestic incident, which starts out seemingly straightforward but becomes more and more complex. In the Clearing works as a standalone mystery but to get the full background on Tracy and the people in her life, I would suggest starting with My Sister's Grave followed by Her Final Breath. In his third book of the Tracy Crosswhite series, Robert Dugoni provides plenty of interesting and informative details on forensic procedures and how today's advanced technology can be used to help solve cold cases. I enjoyed the aspects of the story that dealt with small town secrets and how they continued to affect the lives of those involved even 40 years later. It was very poignant. But I have to say this wasn't my favorite book in the series. Maybe because it wasn't really much of a whodunit but more of a why and how, I didn't find it quite as compelling to read as the others in the series. I was missing some suspense, I think. Nevertheless, the characters are fascinating and authentic and the writing flows well at a steady pace, so all in all, it's a decent and enjoyable mystery. I will definitely continue to follow Tracy. Many thanks to Thomas & Mercer for my ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
This book starts with a glimpse of a cold case that is 40 years old and then fast forwards to the future to a domestic violence shooting. It stays present day for a while and then goes back to the cold case. It stays with the cold case so long and you are so gripped into the story that when the cold case is solved (and you won't guess the suspect or suspects) you have totally forgotten there is a present day case. At least that's the way it was for me. I just got so wrapped up in wanting to know what happened to that poor teenage girl. There were definitely a lot of suspects with a jaw dropping and so, so sad conclusion. This is my third book by Robert Dugoni and he has failed to let me down yet. I know I'm in for a good read that's going to be fast paced and pulse racing when I pick up a Dugoni book! I absolutely recommend any of his books!!! Thanks Thomas and Mercer for approving my request and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
jayfwms More than 1 year ago
This is an outstanding book on many levels. Tracy Crosswhite is involved in two cases, one concerning a 40 year old murder. Although it is the third in the series, it stands quite well on its own. Each of the characters is developed in depth, and the psychological drama competes with the physical evidence as Tracy methodically works the two cases. The process of deduction is fascinating as the cold case rolls to a conclusion and supplies insight into the current case. Dugoni's style of writing provides just the right level of descriptive detail to create perfect mental images without impacting the flow of the story. The narrative shifts back and forth in time to allow the reader to experience actions described in the deductive process. Even though the reader is brought into knowledge of the past events, the ending still provides surprises. This book captures the feel of small town America as well as the urban center of Seattle, making interactions understandable and believable. I am looking forward to more Tracy Crosswhite adventures.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Robert Dugoni brings back Tracy Crosswhite to help solve a case that has been cold for 40 years. A former police academy classmate and friend, Jenny, reaches out to Tracy to help solve the possible murder of a Native American high school student. It was officially ruled as suicide. Jenny's dad was a new deputy when he investigated. When he passed away, Jenny found the file locked away in his desk. And she would like Tracy to take a look ... Jenny would like closure for her father ...and for the girl's family. As Tracy investigates, she follows the deputy's footsteps .. and what she finds is a small town's deep, dark secrets ... and someone doesn't want them to see the light of day. If Tracy must be silenced, then so be it. This has been a really good series.... very well written, with many believable characters both good and evil. There is plenty of mystery and suspense to keep the reader entertained from page one until the very last sentence of the very last page. I do hope the author brings Tracy Crosswhite and her team back again ... and again ... Many thanks to the author / Thomas & Mercer / NetGalley who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
dlvandruff More than 1 year ago
What a great title for this book. It gets down to the brass tacks of where everything happens and where lives are changed and destroyed. Stoneridge, Klickitat County. A small town. A small town full of evil secrets and the people keeping them. Anything to save the reputation of people, community, and events that make a town be great. A heinous crime is committed, the tragic events are covered up. How this event affected the person's involved will leave you reeling in disbelief. Detective Tracy, uncovers the case of Kimi. She uses the file compiled by Deputy Buzz Almond. I think he is the true hero of this book. Without the information he had the foresite to collect, there would have not been a case. The next great character, to me, is Detective Tracy who has the determination to continue his investigation. Buzz leaves a legacy that his family can be proud of. The fortitude and human decency to know when something or someone is cheated of the justice they are entitled to. Very well written, keeps your attention. Great detail. Awesome twists. 5 Stars