A Steep Price (Tracy Crosswhite, #6)by Robert Dugoni Published 26 Jun 2018
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New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni’s thrilling series continues as Seattle homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite is plunged into a case of family secrets and murder…
“Another outstanding novel from one of the best crime writers in the business.” —Associated Press
Called in to consult after a young woman disappears, Tracy Crosswhite has the uneasy feeling that this is no ordinary missing-persons case. When the body turns up in an abandoned well, Tracy’s suspicions are confirmed. Estranged from her family, the victim had balked at an arranged marriage and had planned to attend graduate school. But someone cut her dreams short.
Solving the mystery behind the murder isn’t Tracy’s only challenge. The detective is keeping a secret of her own: she’s pregnant. And now her biggest fear seems to be coming true when a new detective arrives to replace her. Meanwhile, Tracy’s colleague Vic Fazzio is about to take a fall after his investigation into the murder of a local community activist turns violent and leaves an invaluable witness dead.
Two careers are on the line. And when more deadly secrets emerge, jobs might not be the only things at risk.
"A Steep Price (Tracy Crosswhite, #6)" Reviews
🏆 A Definite Winner! 🏆
👮♀️ If you aren't reading Robert Dugoni’s Tracy Crosswhite series - you should be. 🚓
In book 6 of the series, A Steep Price , Tracy Crosswhite is pregnant (but hasn't announced it at the precinct) and becomes involved in the missing persons case of a young Indian woman who is estranged from her family. Kavita Mukherjee resisted her family’s pressures to submit to an arranged marriage. I’ll be honest and say that storyline was rather predictable for me, based on the emphasis placed on tradition and familial responsibilities.
There was a second, concurrent storyline involving Faz and Del investigating the murder of a local activist. This one was definitely my favorite case of the book. Dugoni once again manages to expertly inject his character’s lives into the framework of the story. I am so invested in these characters. Faz & his wife Vera’s emphasis in this story was touching. I adore their relationship and was touched by their storyline.
As always, there was A LOT going on in the book - gang violence, arranged marriages, escorts, online dating, technology being used for tracking, pregnant working moms, cancer. I might not even have listed it all. There always are multiple issues in these books. Yet, Dugoni always finds a way to weave it all together. It never feels overwhelming. This series might be a crime procedural but honestly, for me the crimes are secondary (although Dugoni definitely does his homework in that regard & there are always unforeseen twists & turns). What keeps me coming back are the characters! I feel like I know them. Reading these books feels like settling in for a visit with old friends who I can’t wait to catch up with. 4 satisfyingly, content stars for A Steep Price 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Thank you to NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer and Robert Dugoni for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is a great addition to the stellar Detective Tracy Crosswhite and the Violent Crime Unit series based in Seattle, Washington. There are two storylines that dominate this book. The pregnant Tracy finds herself immersed in a court trial as a witness, but responds when a colleague tells her about a missing person case. Washington University medical student and aspiring paediatrician, Kavita Mukherjee has disappeared, and Tracy's gut instinct tells her there is more to the case, besides she has a personal reason that drives her to investigate, irrespective of the obstacles placed in her path. Vic Fazzio and Del Castigliano focus on the killing of a local mother and activist, unhappy at the state of the drug infested, high crime neighbourhood of South Park. The narrative focuses on the issues of crime, race, drugs, poverty and how it blights lives, culture and traditional expectations of young Indian women, health scares, pregnancy issues and secrets, and where nothing is as it appears.
The beautiful Kavita was estranged from her family, not wanting an arranged marriage. Before long, Kavita's body is discovered in an abandoned well, and it looks as if it might possibly be suicide, but Tracy and Kins soon ascertain that they are dealing with a murder. A new detective has joined the team, Andrea Gonzalez, and frankly, Tracy is less than impressed with her. Tracy has yet to reveal her pregnancy at work, and when Gonzalez talks to her about being pregnant, Tracy fears that she is her replacement. Fazzio finds himself partnered with Gonzalez on the South Park case where the shooting dead of a critical witness leads to conflicting accounts of what happened. The menacing Cartel Surano, led by Little Jimmy, are the powerful local gang, dealing in drugs and terrorising the local community, ensuring that they do not co-operate with the police as they try to work out the perpetrator and their motive. Fazzio and Castigliano come to take a much more central position in this particular outing of this series.
Once again, Robert Dugoni gives us a socially and politically relevant novel with a gripping and well plotted tale. He provides an insight into the different cultural expectations of Indian women and the ramifications in contemporary society; and the realities of drug dealing, sex escorts, and gangs. The highlights of the series though are his complex characters and their development, and Tracy's close knit and supportive police team with their sharp humour. Tracy is worried about the implications of her pregnancy on her job, and her team have their own personal issues and family dramas. It is these authentic touches that depict the ordinary lives and the travails they face that make this such a wonderful series. A fantastic and entertaining read which I recommend. Many thanks to Thomas and Mercer for an ARC.
Tracy Crosswhite Series, book 6.
Tracy Crosswhite is called in to consult after a young woman disappears and she has the uneasy feeling that this is no ordinary missing case. The body turns up in an abandoned well and Tracy's suspicions are confirmed. Estranged from her family, the victim had balked at an arranged marriage and had planned to to attend graduate school. Solving the mystery behind the murder isn't Tracy's only challenge.
There are two cases occurring in this book. The first is the. murder of a local activist. The second is about a missing young woman called Kavita Mukherjee, who is estranged from her family. Tracy is now married and expecting her first baby. There are some really good twists in these tense storylines. As always, it's a pleasure to read Tracy Crosswhite and her A Team as they investigate. This book can be read as a standalone but this is far too good a series to miss out on.
I would like to thank NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer and the Robert Dugoni for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
In this 6th book in the 'Tracy Crosswhite' series, the Seattle homicide detective investigates the disappearance of an Indian woman, while her colleagues look into a murder. The book can be read as a standalone.
Aditi Dasgupta and Kavita Mukherjee, both from Indian families, grew up in the same Seattle neighborhood and have been friends since childhood. Having recently graduated from the University of Washington, the young women hoped to attend medical school. Thus they continued to share a Seattle apartment, got jobs, and started to save money for tuition. This was anathema to the girls' families, who demanded the girls return home and agree to arranged marriages - as was the custom in their culture. Both girls refused, determined to fulfill their dreams.
The women's plans to be doctors seemed to be on track until Aditi went to India for two months - to attend a relative's wedding - and returned married to a London man chosen by her parents. Kavita was shocked and dismayed, and left the apartment while Aditi packed her things. Later that night, Kavita vanished.
The police were notified, and Katie Pryor, a cop with the missing persons division, got a bad feeling about Kavita's disappearance. Thus Pryor asked her friend and mentor Detective Tracy Crosswhite - from Seattle's Homicide A Unit - to help investigate.
Soon Tracy and her partner, Kinsington Rowe (Kins), are involved with Kavita's case.
The homicide boss, Captain Nolasco, wants Tracy to drop the missing persons inquiry and help with a murder investigation. Tracy's colleagues, Del Castigliano and Vic Fazzio (Faz), are looking into the death of Monique Rogers, who was shot in front of her building. Del and Faz suspect that Monique - who spoke out against drugs and guns in her South Park neighborhood - was killed by gangbangers. No witnesses will speak up, though, out of fear of Little Jimmy - the local drug pusher/gang leader.
In defiance of Nolasco, Tracy sticks with Kavita's case. This may spell bad news for Tracy, since she's hiding the fact that she's pregnant, and fears that Nolasco may replace her with a new homicide cop, Andrea Gonzalez, when she goes on maternity leave.
Faz and Del carry on with their murder inquiry, but Faz is distracted by additional concerns. His wife, Vera, recently learned she has breast cancer, and Faz is caught up in an officer-involved shooting that could derail his career. 😏
The suspense in the novel ratchets up as the dual investigations proceed, and the author tackles some interesting issues, including cultural expectations in Indian communities, and girls dating 'sugar daddies' from online sites.
In the course of the story, we see the affection between Faz and his wife, and get a glimpse of Tracy's home life with her husband Dan and their Rhodesian ridgebacks, Rex and Sherlock. I got a laugh at the end of the book, when Faz asked Del if he had known Tracy was pregnant and Del responded, "I suspected, but I wasn't about to ask unless she gave birth in front of me. My luck she could just be putting on a few extra pounds since her marriage." Ha ha ha. 😁
I enjoyed the story but was disappointed with the resolution of one of the cases, which seemed mundane (to me). Still, I'd recommend the book to readers who enjoy mysteries, especially fans of Tracy Crosswhite.
Thanks to Netgalley, the author (Robert Dugoni), and the publisher (Thomas and Mercer) for a copy of the book.
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If you have not yet discovered Tracey Crosswhite and her team you really need to jump on that train...but don't start with this one. Go back and start with book one and work your way up to this -0 book 6 in such a fantastic series. I always know when I start one of these books that I am in for a treat... and definitely not disappointed with book 6.
This one is a bit different with the team working different cases. Tracey is pregnant (and hiding it) and giving evidence in court. The rest of her team are called to a shooting in a local park. Tracey is then called by a friend in missing persons to help to locate a missing woman.
Thanks to Thomas and Mercer and Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book to read and enjoy in exchange for my honest opinions.