My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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?
Robert Dugoni is a master storyteller alongside Jeffrey Archer, John Grisham and Stephen King. His characters and so well drawn you feel like you are revisiting old friends. Tracy Crosswhite is sharp and edgy in her approach to her work. In her personal life however, she is more vulnerable and still feels keenly the death of her sister. Whatever is thrown up against her she battles through and will never take ‘no’ for an answer. The plot is excellent with twists and turns aplenty and the writing is taut, with hardly an excess word. Robert Dugoni is a great writer and all his books are a great read.
I received a copy of this novel via Netgalley.
In the Clearing is available from Amazon here.