Her Final Breath by Robert Dugoni
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite has returned to the police force after the sensational retrial of her sister’s killer. Still scarred from that ordeal, Tracy is pulled into an investigation that threatens to end her career, if not her life. A serial killer known as the Cowboy is killing young women in cheap motels in North Seattle. Even after a stalker leaves a menacing message for Crosswhite, suggesting the killer or a copycat could be targeting her personally, she is charged with bringing the murderer to justice. With clues scarce and more victims dying, Tracy realizes the key to solving the murders may lie in a decade-old homicide investigation that others, including her captain, Johnny Nolasco, would prefer to keep buried.
Okay, I admit it, I’m a huge fan of Robert Dugoni! And this book hasn’t done anything to change that opinion. He is a wonderful storyteller with just the right blend of personal angst of the detectives and unusual mysteries that they have to unpick the threads of. Tracy is far from liked in the department, especially by her Captain, who does all he can to discredit her and out manoeuvre her. But Tracy is nothing if not determined and will fight to her own final breath to bring justice for the victims of the Cowboy.