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#Book Review #What She Found (Tracy Crosswhite 9) by Robert Dugoni #Mystery #Crime #Police Procedural #Cold Case @Thomas&Mercer

From the blurb:

An Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling series.

Solving a decades-old disappearance sets Tracy Crosswhite on a dangerous collision course with the past in a pulse-pounding novel by New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni.

Detective Tracy Crosswhite has agreed to look into the disappearance of investigative reporter Lisa Childress. Solving the cold case is an obsession for Lisa’s daughter, Anita. So is clearing the name of her father, a prime suspect who became a pariah. After twenty-five years, all Anita wants is the truth—no matter where it leads.

For Tracy, that means reopening the potentially explosive investigations Lisa was following on the dark night she vanished: an exposé of likely mayoral graft; the shocking rumors of a reserved city councilman’s criminal sex life; a drug task force scandal compromising the Seattle PD; and an elusive serial killer who disappeared just as mysteriously as Lisa.

As all the pieces come together, it becomes clear that Tracy is in the midst of a case that will push her loyalties and her resilience to the limit. What she uncovers will come with a greater price than anyone feared.

Publication date: August 23rd, 2022
9781542008327 (ISBN10: 1542008328)

My thoughts:

This is my first book by Robert Dugoni and finally I can see why my blogger friends have been raving about this author for years! Although What She Found is the ninth instalment in his hugely successful Tracy Crosswhite series, it is possible to read it as a standalone. Most likely, you will want to pick up the previous books after reading this one anyway.

The beginning was very dynamic- an investigative reporter Lisa Childress gets a phone call from a mysterious source and heads to a secret meeting place in the industrial zone of Seattle. There she finds her contact has been murdered and she herself is attacked by a masked man. Lisa, a brilliant journalist described as socially awkward and possibly on the autism spectrum, has a two year old daughter Anita and husband Larry who often begged her to buy a pepper spray to protect herself and even started putting a can of bear spray in Lisa’s bag. Lisa reaches for the can….

Tracy Crosswhite is still getting used to working as a one-detective-investigative unit. Her new Chief of Police Weber is urging her ‘to showcase’ the importance of investigating cold cases in a press conference. Weber is mostly concerned with the public image and preventing the police department from being de-funded. She would like Tracy to focus on ‘easy’ cases, cases where there is DNA evidence that can be analysed by using new scientific advances. Lisa Childress’s case doesn’t fall into this category, but Tracy cannot resist Anita Childress’s pleas to look into her missing mother’s case. The police investigation was rushed and concentrated on her father who became the prime suspect. Anita, who is a reporter herself, has put together the notes from her mother’s cases, stories Lisa was actively pursuing at the time when she went missing. Tracy is sympathetic- she has a personal knowledge of what getting a closure means to he family of a victim. She is also intrigued by Lisa’s potentially explosive stories.

While the beginning was fast and action-packed, the rest of the book was more steady-paced with Tracy following various leads, hitting deadends, getting breakthroughs, hitting more deadends and so on. In a police procedural that focuses on an active case there is more tension and inherent urgency to catch the perpetrator(s). Things are different in a cold case investigation, where there are other factors to take into consideration such as statutes of limitation on prosecuting certain crimes and deceased witnesses.

This is a ‘high-content-density’ book. We take a look at police corruption- how it starts, how new police officers get involved, personal price of not coming forward and speaking up and how difficult it is to prosecute it. We also see how Tracy is juggling family life and motherhood with her highly-demanding job. Family is an important topic in this story, its ‘one-line-through’. Tracy can’t give up on bringing closure to victims’ families. Other characters also have to make difficult personal choices involving their families. There’s also another interesting topic touched upon- a court of law with its insistence on the right procedure Versus the court of public opinion, which can ruin someone’s life and turn them into a social pariah or it can force the guilty into confessing their crimes where it is impossible to get admissible evidence.

Tracy is a wonderful character and I would love to read the series from the beginning to appreciate the development she must have gone through. She is fair, loyal, and tenacious, and isn’t afraid to put her career on line for the sake of her principles. At the same time she is very wary of judging other people for their behaviour. It was great to see how much she values her family and her colleagues esp.Faz and Del who have taught her so much.

Definitely recommended to anyone who loves an interesting series of police procedurals with a strong female lead.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the review copy provided in exchange for an honest opinion.


8 replies on “#Book Review #What She Found (Tracy Crosswhite 9) by Robert Dugoni #Mystery #Crime #Police Procedural #Cold Case @Thomas&Mercer”

  1. Great review! I just started this last night and I was a little unsure because I haven’t read any of the other books.. but it sounds like it will be a good read all on its own. 😆
    Thanks for sharing!

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      1. You’re welcome!
        It’s a good read so far, I like Tracy, I just wish I had read it from the beginning.. there’s quite a lot of information I’m missing that I think would make it even more enjoyable.

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      2. I’ve been debating the same thing (setting this one down and starting the first book) but, unfortunately, I’ve gotten far enough in the book now that I can’t walk away. 😆


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