Her final breath

Robert Dugoni

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Subjects
Genres
Mystery fiction
Published
Seattle : Thomas & Mercer [2015]
Language
English
Physical Description
411 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9781503945029
1503945022
Main Author
Robert Dugoni (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

At first blush, this reads like more of the same. A serial killer. A cop with personal problems. Her jerk boss. Plus lizardly lawyers and a troublemaking TV reporter. Hold on: this one takes the stock items and reinvents them with crafty plotting and high energy. Someone is murdering young women after luring them to seedy motels ringing Seattle, and for the first third of the book, we watch detective Tracy Crosswhite patiently doing her job, interviewing witnesses and reading files. She notes something odd: the crime-scene details echo those of a 10-year-old murder. That case was solved, and the killer put away by Tracy's jerk boss, who got a promotion out of it. Did he twist evidence to jail an innocent man? Now the boss is undermining her current investigation. Is there a connection? Is the real killer back in business? The revelations come in a wild finale. Dugoni is not afraid of coincidences, which happen all the time in real life, though genre authors fear them. It's that busted taillight. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Thriller Award–finalist Dugoni's fast-paced sequel to 2014's My Sister's Grave finds Seattle homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite still struggling to come to grips with the murder of her sister and the retrial of her killer. In addition, a serial killer with a penchant for sadistic bondage is killing area strippers at an alarming rate, and a besotted stalker who believes the detective is his soul mate is getting dangerously close. With a boss who's bent on seeing her fail as the head of the task force assigned to find the killer, Crosswhite believes the killings may be connected to a murder almost a decade earlier—except that the man convicted of that killing is still incarcerated. With the help of boyfriend attorney Dan O'Leary, she begins investigating the old case, but people in high places will do anything to stop her. Despite the somewhat predictable ending, the well-developed characters make this an entertaining albeit not exactly memorable read. Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Sept.) [Page ]. Copyright 2015 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite investigates a string of murders of young woman in North Seattle that may be related to a decade-old homicide investigation that the police force, including her captain, would prefer to keep buried.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Returning to the police force after her sister's sensational retrial, homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite investigates a serial killer and receives a taunting personal message before linking the case to a decade-old murder. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Tracy Crosswhite returns in the second book in the page-turning series by New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni.Homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite has returned to the police force after the sensational retrial of her sister's killer. Still scarred from that ordeal, Tracy is pulled into an investigation that threatens to end her career, if not her life.A serial killer known as the Cowboy is killing young women in cheap motels in North Seattle. Even after a stalker leaves a menacing message for Crosswhite, suggesting the killer or a copycat could be targeting her personally, she is charged with bringing the murderer to justice. With clues scarce and more victims dying, Tracy realizes the key to solving the murders may lie in a decade-old homicide investigation that others, including her captain, Johnny Nolasco, would prefer to keep buried. With the Cowboy on the hunt, can Tracy find the evidence to stop him, or will she become his next victim?

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Tracy Crosswhite returns in the second book in the page-turning series by New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni.Homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite has returned to the police force after the sensational retrial of her sister’s killer. Still scarred from that ordeal, Tracy is pulled into an investigation that threatens to end her career, if not her life.A serial killer known as the Cowboy is killing young women in cheap motels in North Seattle. Even after a stalker leaves a menacing message for Crosswhite, suggesting the killer or a copycat could be targeting her personally, she is charged with bringing the murderer to justice. With clues scarce and more victims dying, Tracy realizes the key to solving the murders may lie in a decade-old homicide investigation that others, including her captain, Johnny Nolasco, would prefer to keep buried. With the Cowboy on the hunt, can Tracy find the evidence to stop him, or will she become his next victim?