Friday, November 18, 2016

IN THE CLEARING book review

(Tracy Crosswhite series, Book #3)

by Robert Dugoni

release date: May 17, 2016

length: 368 pages

published by Thomas & Mercer

*I purchased this e-book with audio upgrade*

☆☆☆☆☆5 STAR - AMAZING, couldn't put it down, highly recommend (emotions bursting at the seams)

Tracy Crosswhite, Seattle homicide detective has a soft spot for digging into cold cases that tend to leave her in a direct line of fire. The weight of her own sisters murder nearly 20 years ago leaves her needing (craving) to solve the puzzles to crimes. Tracy has a sense of kinship to those families as she knows the burden of "not knowing" and wants to give them peace and/or closure. How long can someone go without not knowing the truth of a loved one?

Jenny, a former police academy graduate (now Sheriff) comes to Tracy with a desire to close her recently deceased father, Buzz Almond's cold case. Tracy agrees to look into the "suicide case" of Kim Kanasket, a young Native American teenage girl who drowned in a river in Klickitat 40 years prior. Did she jump? What happened to Kimi on that nasty night? With evidence veering Tracy in a different direction towards signs of foul play, she discovers truths about a small town and what they all will go through to keep it a secret. With new advances in technology and a fresh eye, Tracy discovers more truth than she thought possible due to Buzz Almond's keen eye to detail and keeping a hidden record. Is it the obvious choice? How many more people have to die to keep such truths from breaking through to the surface?

In The Clearing had such a well-paced easy flow, yet the author still managed to sneak in multiple twists, great descriptions on new characters and that need (desire) to get to the next page. Robert Dugoni must add his personal experiences into these books along with thorough research because his stories are detailed and executed in the finest manner.

I truly feel as though this author is a hidden gem, a pure diamond in the ruff. He is a master at story telling and he left this reader (ME!) anxiously awaiting his release of the next book to this series. The Trapped Girl (Tracy Crosswhite book #4) is due to be released on January 24, 2017. I am counting down the days until I get that copy in my hands.

I highly recommend fellow readers to get Robert Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite series whether you download, purchase or head to your local library - you'll thank me later!

Author Bio:
Robert Dugoni is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon Bestselling Author of the Tracy Crosswhite Series: My Sister's Grave, Her Final Breath (September 2015) and A Clearing in the Woods (May 2016). He is also the author of the critically acclaimed, David Sloane series: The Jury Master, Wrongful Death, Bodily Harm, Murder One and The Conviction. Dugoni has twice been nominated for the Harper Lee Award for Legal Fiction, was a 2015 International Thriller Writer's finalist for thriller of the year, and the 2015 winner of the Nancy Pearl Award for Fiction. His books are sold world-wide in more than 20 countries and have been translated into a dozen languages including French, German, Italian and Spanish. Dugoni and author Steven James teach a four day writing intensive.

Dugoni wrote his way to Stanford University, receiving writing awards along the way, and majored in communications/journalism and creative writing while working as a reporter for the Stanford Daily. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and worked briefly as a reporter in the Metro Office and the San Gabriel Valley Office of the Los Angeles Times.

Dugoni attended the UCLA law school and practiced law for 13 years in San Francisco. His longing to return to writing never wavered, however, and in 1999 he awoke one morning and made the decision to quit law and write novels. On the 4-year anniversary of his wedding day, keeping a promise to his wife, he drove a u-haul trailer across the Oregon-Washington border and settled in Seattle to pursue his dreams.

For the next three years, Dugoni worked daily in an 8 foot by 8 foot windowless office in Pioneer Square to complete three novels, winning the 1999 and 2000 Pacific Northwest Writer's Conference Literary Contests.

For more on Robert Dugoni and his novels, visit his website at

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