While investigating the hit-and-run death of a young boy, Seattle homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite makes a startling discovery: the suspect is an active-duty serviceman at a local naval base. After a key piece of case evidence goes missing, he is cleared of charges in a military court. But Tracy knows she can't turn her back on this kind of injustice.
When she uncovers the driver's ties to a rash of recent heroin overdoses in the city, she realizes that this isn't just a case of the military protecting its own. It runs much deeper than that, and the accused wasn't acting alone. For Tracy, it's all hitting very close to home.
As Tracy moves closer to uncovering the truth behind this insidious conspiracy, she's putting herself in harm's way. And the only people she can rely on to make it out alive might be those she can no longer trust.
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By Charles Atkinson on 27-09-17
Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite Series Is Awesome
Close to Home is the 5 1/2 installment in the series, yet it stands on its on as a great read. It features sterling policework in a complex mystery. It is great to read mysteries with smart criminals and smart cops.
The murder case involves military personell, which complicates Crosswhite and her cohorts' investigation as they must manuever carefully in the military justice system. Dugoni uses this complication to expose just how saavy she is as a detective. Its one of the best written mysteries in the genre.
One of my favorite themes that runs through the rest of the series is missing here, that is the sexism female detectives like Crosswhite face daily. However, it is replaced with the internal hell opiate addiction brings to good families. The writing is superb.
Emily Sutton-Smith is one of the best narrators, period.
If this review helps you purchase the book, please vote yes! If you love good police work and intrigue, you will love Close To Home.
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By Lia on 06-09-17
5 Star Listen
The Tracy Crosswhite series has become one of my absolute favorites. I love the way Dugoni has taken this character and made her someone the reader wants to cheer for and strive to be like in so many ways. Close to Home is the fifth in the series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. There are references to the first book in the series, but nothing about this book makes it necessary to have read the entire series. For me, this was more of a mystery than a suspense thriller. There was not the usual edge of my seat, can’t wait to see what is going to happen next moments. That’s not a bad thing, it’s just different from the way Dugoni has written these books in the past. I enjoyed the way he spent extra time building up a few of the secondary characters we have seen throughout the series. I really enjoyed the different tone to the story with incorporating the military and JAG lawyers. I am a big fan of military shows and novels and thought this fit in so well with the writing of the characters already established in the series. It will be interesting to see if any of the new characters introduced here make it to the next in the series.
I recommend this book to anyone looking for an excellent mystery that will leave you guessing and cheering with the way the story comes to an end.
I rarely give 5 star reviews but this was such a good book with the outstanding narration provided by Emily Sutton-Smith it was an amazing experience. Don't miss this book or the whole series.
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