A Steep Price (Tracy Crosswhite, #6)by 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
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.
Robert Dugoni’s Tracy Crosswhite series never disappoints.
In book 6 of the series, A Steep Price , Tracy Crosswhite is pregnant (and hiding it at work) and becomes involved in a 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 aspect 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. You can find A Steep Price in bookstores and libraries in the US on June 26, 2018.
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.
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 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.
I absolutely loved this book. I didn’t want to put it down but unfortunately I did have to go to work and school. It’s written well enough to start here and not read the previous, but I definitely recommend starting with the first book. I love how the author is able to write from a police officers view point without it being too procedural. There are parts that made my mouth drop open, as I was not expecting it. I can’t wait until the next book in the series is released.