In the Clearing : Tracy Crosswhite

  • by Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Series: Tracy Crosswhite
  • 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Detective Tracy Crosswhite has a skill, and a soft spot, for tackling unsolved crimes. Having lost her own sister to murder at a young age, Tracy has dedicated her career to bringing justice and closure to the families and friends of victims of crime.
So when Jenny, a former police academy classmate and protégé, asks Tracy to help solve a cold case that involves the suspicious suicide of a Native American high school girl forty years earlier, Tracy agrees. Following up on evidence Jenny's detective father collected when he was the investigating deputy, Tracy probes one small town's memory and finds dark, well-concealed secrets hidden within the community's fabric. Can Tracy uphold the promise she's made to the dead girl's family and deliver the truth of what happened to their daughter? Or will she become the next victim?

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Incredible Story, Smart Police Procedural

I loved this book! Tracy Crosswhite is an incredible detective and wonderful character. And there are actually two really fascinating cases in this novel that require excellent police work.

The Clearing revolves around a cold case which was ruled a suicide some 40 years earlier. Crosswhite's friend's father, now dead, was new in the sherrif's department when the events occurred. He had well founded suspicions that the victim, an 18 year old Native American, was actually murdered. His inexperience renders him powerless as well as voiceless. He subsequently began a private investigation on his own, one that would last 40 years until his death. Crosswhite picks up the case on her own time, aided with modern forensics unavailable to law enforcement at the time of the crime.

Dugoni introduces us to characters living with the very real and tragic effects of violence, guilt, shame and lies. This is truly one of the best novels I've read lately.

I would put this up with John Hart's Redemption Road as the best mysteries of the year.

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- Charles Atkinson

Decent addition

I have read all the books in this series so far. While the books aren't great, they are good enough that I continue reading them. This book is a decent and entertaining addition to the series.
There are two distinct mysteries in this book that the detectives are attempting to solve. While this could easily lead to a disjointed and convoluted read, the author manages to present both stories in a way that works, until it doesn't. Quite a few times I was left with the impression that the secondary case was a space filler and it left me wishing the author had just focused on one case and developed it a lot more. I think that would have made this a much better book.
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- Meg

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-17-2016
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio