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Review: Close to Home by Robert Dugoni

Close to Home (Tracy Crosswhite, #5)Close to Home by Robert Dugoni

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure how much I would like this book from the description. Military/conspiracy-type books usually aren’t my things. But I didn’t count on the fact that Robert Dugoni could probably make watching paint dry seem interesting.

This book is a great addition to the Tracy Crosswhite series and makes you impatient for the next installment. I wouldn’t start with this one if you’re interested in the series, but technically it could be read as a standalone.

The novel centers around a hit-and-run which results in the death of a 12-year-old boy. The detectives find overwhelming evidence – hinging on one key piece – that a Naval logistics officer is responsible. But then, suddenly, that evidence goes missing. And Tracy decides she is going to find out why. Meanwhile, Del is mourning his niece, who OD’d on heroin. He becomes determined to avenge her death by taking her supplier off the street. But will that bring him closure?

I love the supporting team in this series. Del, Faz, Kins, etc., they’re so fun and it feels like yo really know them after five books. I’m so glad that they’ve each gotten some time to develop and grow as characters. Plus, this book introduces some new characters which I think will make future appearances as well, which I’m glad about.

The storyline is really, very intriguing. It’s not a traditional military-spy-thriller. It’s a classic Tracy Crosswhite novel, which slowly reveals the answers as you move through the book. I did not guess the ending at all. It was really very good.

I love this series and Dugoni as an author. I recommend this book to anyone who loves mysteries.

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The Trapped Girl by Robert Dugoni

The Trapped Girl (Tracy Crosswhite #4)The Trapped Girl by Robert Dugoni
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Robert Dugoni is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors, and this book may be the one to cement it.

This book is filled with suspense, intrigue and enough mystery to keep you guessing until the exact moment Dugoni wants you to know what’s going on. It’s part of the Tracy Crosswhite series, but can be read as a standalone – although the rest of the series is so good, you should probably plan to pick them all up anyway.

A young fisherman pulls up a crab pot, and inside is a body – the woman obviously didn’t want to be found very easily leading up to her death. Once she’s identified, Tracy and her team safe thrust into a complicated web of missing people, deceiving husbands and money, lots of money.

This book will leave you guessing until the very end. Much of what happens in the key moments happens on Mt. Rainier, in scenes reminiscent of the many urban legends and mysteries that take place on the sides of mountains, where you’re left wondering if you ever truly know what happened (for my fellow nerds out there: I’m thinking of the Dyatlov Pass incident and the many books that has inspired or John Krakauer’s “Into Thin Air”).

What I love about Dugoni’s books is that he creates these amazing stories with great twists, but the ending is so satisfying. Everything makes sense – it’s not some outrageous completely unbelievable scenario, created just for shock value.

In short, do yourself a favor and pick this book up when it comes out next month. Until then, you can get ready by reading the first three novels in the Tracy Crosswhite series. You won’t regret it.

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The 7th Canon by Robert Dugoni

The 7th CanonThe 7th Canon by Robert Dugoni
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well, Robert Dugoni has done it again!

I first be a me a fan of his after reading the Tracey Crosswhite series, which were remarkable for the eerie, creepy sense of foreboding that Dugoni inserted into the book. You spent the whole time waiting for the other show to drop.

The 7th Canon continues this dark atmosphere, though from a different point of view. Peter Donley is a defense attorney who works for his uncle in San Francisco. When a local priest is arrested for the murder of a young boy at his shelter in a rough neighborhood, Donley is drawn into the case, and the chance to exorcise his own demons.

One of the things Dugoni does best is creating interesting characters and weaving their stories together in compelling ways. This novel was no different; from Donley to the private investigator who is dealing with his own loss, to the the vaguely psychotic cop who responds to the scene, this novel really has a great cast.

I can’t say that this novel will really keep you guessing, it’s fairly obvious about halfway through what’s going on, maybe minus a few details. But it’s in seeing how it all plays out that keeps you reading.

And it’s worth it.

It unclear whether Dugoni plans to make Donley into a series, but if he does, I’ll be picking up the next one.

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