Author: Robert Dugoni
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Release Date: May 17, 2016
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
Dugoni is at his best when writing about Tracy Crosswhite and her heroic adventures! In the Clearing is superb and a nonstop thrilling read!
Detective Tracy Crosswhite is back and ready to tackle her toughest case yet. Ever since her sister Sarah disappeared, she has geared herself more towards solving cases that seem unsolvable. She wants to bring closure to the families and friends of the victims. Being one of the only females to graduate from the police academy, she finds it hard to turn down a request from her former protégé, Jenny who asks Tracy to help solve a cold case that involves the suspicious suicide of a Native American high school girl from almost forty years ago. Jenny’s father was the officer who responded to the call and collected the evidence, which he knew didn’t lead to suicide but wasn’t able to prove it. That didn’t stop him from continuing to collect more evidence and keep a file ready for the time justice would come for the family. Tracy goes throughout the town and finds dark, well kept secrets hidden deep within the community. Tracy wants to keep the promise she and Jenny’s father made to the victim’s family to find the truth, but as she digs deeper she worries she might just end up like the victim.
I have come to find there is not much better out there than Robert Dugoni, especially when he is writing about Tracy Crosswhite. These are so good that I went back and reread the My Sister’s Grave and Her Final Breath before I started on this one. I don’t know how many more Crosswhite novels Dugoni plans to write but I hope there are many, many more to come. In the Clearing delves deep into the Native American ancestry in Washington State and Tracy finds herself out of her comfort zone. In the first two novels, it was much more about her personal life, in one way or another, but not as much here. There wasn’t much of a presence of Dan, her boyfriend in this book and I missed that. I understand the lack of his presence, it really fit with the story, but I did miss the interaction between him and Tracy. At times, the story was much more narrative driven than dialogue which for some stories would slow the pace, not with Dugoni. No matter what the scene was, it went quickly and entertained to the fullest. This is my kind of writing, fast, strong and full of characters that are believable in every action they take. I have a very high standard for what I consider the best books and authors out there and Robert Dugoni is at the top of that list for good reason. His lawyer series with David Sloane are good reads, but nothing compared to the Tracy Crosswhite series. I await each new novel with great anticipation and devour it as soon as I can get my hands on it. If you enjoy a good suspense thriller, this is one you need to read as soon and as often as possible! I don’t often reread a book but can say with certainty I will be reading In the Clearing many more times. Thank you Robert Dugoni for writing such excellent stories that keep me glued to the page and always wanting more.
For those that like a rating system, I give five stars for my favorite books. They have to be incredibly well written to get five stars. I am thinking though of new category for the absolute best, which this falls into.