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In the Clearing

In the Clearing

Escrito por Robert Dugoni

Narrado por Emily Sutton-Smith


In the Clearing

Escrito por Robert Dugoni

Narrado por Emily Sutton-Smith

valoraciones:
4.5/5 (54 valoraciones)
Longitud:
10 horas
Publicado:
May 17, 2016
ISBN:
9781511358828
Formato:
Audiolibro

Descripción

A Thriller Award finalist, Best Paperback Original Novel.

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?

Publicado:
May 17, 2016
ISBN:
9781511358828
Formato:
Audiolibro


Sobre el autor

A Seattle7Writers project for literacy, this novel was written by Kathleen Alcalá, Matthew Amster-Burton, Kit Bakke, Erica Bauermeister, Sean Beaudoin, Dave Boling, Deb Caletti, Carol Cassella, William Dietrich, Robert Dugoni, Kevin Emerson, Karen Finneyfrock, Clyde Ford, Jamie Ford, Elizabeth George, Mary Guterson, Maria Dahvana Headley, Teri Hein, Stephanie Kallos, Erik Larson, David Lasky, Stacey Levine, Frances McCue, Jarret Middleton, Peter Mountford, Kevin O'Brien, Julia Quinn, Nancy Rawles, Suzanne Selfors, Jennie Shortridge, Ed Skoog, Garth Stein, Greg Stump, Indu Sundaresan, Craig Welch and Susan Wiggs. Foreword by Nancy Pearl. Introduction by Garth Stein.

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  • (4/5)
    Robert Dugoni brings back Tracy Crosswhite to help solve a case that has been cold for 40 years as well as a recent murder where domestic abuse is involved.

    When Tracy travels to a nearby town for the funeral of the father of a former police academy classmate and friend, Jenny, asks for her help. She has found a file in her father's desk from the death of a 17 year old Native American girl. It was officially ruled as suicide but Jenny's father, Buzz, had his doubts. Jenny's dad was a new deputy when he investigated and when the case was closed by the investigators, he had no choice but to let it go. Jenny would like Tracy to take a look at the file as an oustider. She would like closure for her father and for the girl's family. As Tracy investigates, she follows the deputy's footsteps and finds that in this small town, there are many secrets.

    This story is told in two timelines. As Tracy investigates, we find ourselves in 1976 sharing Buzz's perspective, then the present following both murder investigations. Tracy is a very smart detective, she knows what to ask, how to ask it and is very adept at reading people. She solves crimes like puzzles spreading everything out in front of herself to see it all at one time. We do not see as much of Kins in this story as he is not working with Tracy for the cold case, but we see enough to know that he has a personal issue that he is dealing with. Faz and Del are as irascible as ever and make me laugh often. As Tracy gets closer to solving the 40 year old case, it also helps her to solve the present day case in Seattle. She is a wonderful protagonist and I am looking forward to reading the next one in this series.

    This series is very well written, with many believable characters both good and bad. There is plenty of mystery and suspense to keep the reader entertained from beginning to end. The crimes are realistic to a degree, but this is fiction. I think all lovers of mystery, police procedurals and female detectives will enjoy this series.
  • (3/5)
    Forensic science has advanced quite a bit. One can match tires to tire tracks based on photographs more than 30-years old? The author thanked many people in law enforcement so it may be plausible. It doesn't hurt to have a clever detective working the case.The quick personality change in Eric didn't ring true for me. At the clearing, he was the boss and required everyone to keep quiet about the accident, but by the time he got home, he was ready to call the cops and confess.
  • (4/5)
    Robert Dugoni's 3rd Crosswhite mystery, 'In the Clearning', is a thought provoking cold-case that illustrates how modern technology can solve old crimes. In this 40 year old cold case, the death of a young Indian girl, previously classified as a suicide, is re-opened and Tracy is called to the remote jurisdiction by an old friend who's now part of local law enforcement. With her background and the formal and informal available resources of her role on the Seattle force, she eventually makes progress not only on the forensic side but also in understanding the complicated interpersonal relationships involved. The mystery is solved but not without a lot of drama and a bit of violence.Dugoni's writing is very straightforward and is a good match for the procedural novels in this series. The dialogue is a bit stilted at times but still believable. The procedural stuff seems to be well done, but I do have a couple problems with how this one was solved. I'm not in law enforcement but I do stay pretty current with technology, and I don't really buy into the forensics that were used to crack this one. I know there have been great leaps in what can be done technically, but some of what's described seems pretty fanciful. Unfortunately, if you throw that aspect of the novel out, the case doesn't get solved, so I need to see what I can find out about the forensics they utilized. 'In the Clearing' is a worthwhile read no matter what, though.
  • (4/5)
    Enjoyed this Tracy Crosswhite story, but not as much as the others.
  • (3/5)
    IN THE CLEARING is a continuation of Robert Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite series. She's a detective with the Seattle PD, and in this book she is involved in two cases, one outside her jurisdiction as a favor to a friend. Each case is a mystery to be solved.The unraveling of mysteries is interesting, so that kept me reading to the end. Unfortunately for me, though, the stories were too easy to put down. And while they did contain suspense, it wasn't enough to make me anxious to pick the book back up. I liked it, though, just not enough to read it quickly.This disappoints me because I know Dugoni can write a story that is unputdownable. Probably he should give Crosswhite a rest and write a standalone or get back to David Sloane's great courtroom drama. We need more like THE CONVICTION.
  • (5/5)
    I requested "In The Clearing" by Robert Dugoni from Net Galley and was thrilled that I was selected to read the book. Robert Dugoni is one of my favorite thriller authors and this time he did not disappoint. The book started off in present day and brought in an old 40 year old death of a high school girl. Going from past to present worked well with detective Tracy Crosswhite trying to solve both crimes. As I further got into the book the suspense kept building until I got to the point where I could not put it down till I came to a great ending. Once again Robert Dugoni has wrote another great thriller. I will be waiting for the next Tracy Crosswhite thriller and others by this author. A great read.
  • (4/5)
    A special thank you to Thomas and Mercer and Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for a honest review. Another great Robert Dugoni suspense novel that I couldn't put down! The author pays attention to detail and developers his characters well. There are two mysteries going on in this story. One takes place in the present and another is a cold case that is more than 40 years old. Each is very intriguing. The psychological drama competes with the physical evidence as Tracy Crosswise try to solve both cases. This story also has a moral base to it and makes one think about doing the right thing no matter the consequences.
  • (4/5)
    40 years ago, the death of Kimi Kanasket, a Native American girl about to start college, was deemed a suicide. But her family and Deputy Sheriff Buzz Almond had doubts. When Buzz's daughter, Sheriff Jenny Almond, asks Tracy to look into this cold case with a fresh perspective, Tracy is reminded of her sister's disappearance and the pain of not knowing what happened that affected her family so deeply. At the same time, Tracy's team back in Seattle deal with an investigation into the shooting of an estranged husband and father following a domestic incident, which starts out seemingly straightforward but becomes more and more complex.In the Clearing works as a standalone mystery but to get the full background on Tracy and the people in her life, I would suggest starting with My Sister's Grave followed by Her Final Breath. In his third book of the Tracy Crosswhite series, Robert Dugoni provides plenty of interesting and informative details on forensic procedures and how today's advanced technology can be used to help solve cold cases. I enjoyed the aspects of the story that dealt with small town secrets and how they continued to affect the lives of those involved even 40 years later. It was very poignant. But I have to say this wasn't my favorite book in the series. Maybe because it wasn't really much of a whodunit but more of a why and how, I didn't find it quite as compelling to read as the others in the series. I was missing some suspense, I think. Nevertheless, the characters are fascinating and authentic and the writing flows well at a steady pace, so all in all, it's a decent and enjoyable mystery. I will definitely continue to follow Tracy. I really need an extended rating system because this would be somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars. Many thanks to Thomas & Mercer for my ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • (5/5)
    I received a free advance e-copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Tracy and her team are investigating a current homicide and at the same time Tracy is investigating a cold case at the request of a colleague and close friend. Tracy is determined to bring closure and seeks justice. This is a psychological thriller full of twists and turns that kept me guessing right up until the very end. Robert Dugoni is a very talented writer who develops his characters fully and is very detail oriented. The things some individuals will do in order to manipulate circumstances, lives, situations, and others in order to get what they want always fascinate and intrigue me. Do they have a conscience? This is a very well written psychological thriller. Another keeper by Robert Dugoni.
  • (4/5)
    I am in love this series and it's characters. My favorite characters tend to be one-timers though specific to a particular book. This one was definitely Sam Goldstein, the newspaper man, an older gentleman with the mind of a steel trap. Now I have to wait until next year for the fourth book in the series, so I can use that time to check out Dugoni's other series and a the couple of short story prequels to the Crosswhite series.
  • (5/5)
    Excellent story line again. He writes so well and the relationship between Tracey and Dan keeps going! All in all a great read and shall go straight on to the next in the series.
  • (4/5)
    In the Clearing is a two-investigation, two-timeline mystery that held my interest from beginning to end. One investigation involves the death of a man in Seattle. Most of the police officers believe that the man's wife killed him and that her father's high-powered, expensive lawyer is going to get her off scotfree. The second investigation involves the forty-year-old cold case in southern Washington, and it takes center stage. Throughout Tracy's investigation of the cold case, it is shown how difficult it is to prosecute cases in which so much time has passed. Flashbacks to 1976 give readers insight into the characters. And as far as difficulties go, Tracy shows once again how hard it is for someone as dedicated as she is to have any sort of personal life. For me, the character of Tracy Crosswhite makes this series. I really enjoy watching her work. Her dedication to both the person lost and to those left behind. Her unwillingness to stop until justice is done. The special insight she has into the mindset of victims' families because of her own history. No one can endure the disappearance of a sibling and not knowing what happened for almost twenty years without being changed. Since this is a road Tracy has been down, she's especially suited to talking to the bereaved and often getting information from them that no one else has.Yes, In the Clearing has Tracy saving the day once again. It's a strong performance even though I found the solution to both cold case and new rather easy to deduce. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series.
  • (4/5)
    In The Clearing by Robert DugoniTracy Crosswhite series Book #34&#9733'sFrom The Book: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?My Thoughts:Most of the book deals with a forty year old cold case involving the apparent suicide of Kimi Kanasket, a Native American teenager in Klickitat County, Washington. The former sheriff who is now deceased...was just a young deputy when he answered the call that Kami hadn't come home from her waitress job. He began to keep a file on the case as he couldn't get the investigating detectives to listen to him that there was something very wrong. He had taken dozens of pictures of the crime scene that showed that there had been several people and a truck in the clearing the night that she was supposed to have jumped into the river and drowned that said it had not happened this way. Forty years later we find his daughter is now sheriff and she has found her father's file. Since it's a small town and may be considered a conflict of interest she asks Tracy Crosswhite...A Seattle detective to work on the case in her spare time. What actually happened and who the killer is is fairly obvious early on but the way that Tracy follows the evidence that is brought to light by technology that wasn't available forty years ago is amazing as well as fascinating. Knowing how Tracy Crosswhite works the crime scene and how she digs deep for all the unknowns is what I love about her character. Overall this is a great series and well worth the time to meet Tracy and her friends.
  • (4/5)
    In The Clearing is Robert Dugoni’s third crime novel featuring Seattle homicide detective, Tracy Crosswhite.There are dual plots (November 1976 and October 2016) whichmove in synchronicity and share some key elements.It was easy to connect with Tracy and her caring spirit added a uniqueness to her investigations.The author wove a good solid story without need of steamy sensationalism and excessive brutality.His characters are flawed human beings and although you may not like them, or approve of their behavior, somehow you understand them.This is my first Tracy Crosswhite and although you can read this as a standalone, I'll play catch-up.4 ★....recommendedThis is a goodreads giveaway read.
  • (4/5)
    In the Clearing by Robert Dugoni gives the reader two crime mysteries in one. There is the murder of a soon-to-be ex-husband by either the soon-to-be ex-wife or the son (the only family member that does not get the lengthy prefix) in 2016. At the same time, there is the investigation of a “cold case” murder which occurred in 1976. Both murders will be investigated by the same detective. While I could claim that the two murders have no connection, there is a case that can be made establishing a connection. So we have one novel, two murders and lots of circles within circles of smaller mysteries. This is a novel that will engage your attention or you will sink in confusion. Bookmarking helps.When Tracy responded as the lead detective to a homicide scene involving the murder of a soon-to-be ex-husband by the soon-to-be ex-wife, she felt confident of a quick resolution to the investigation. She had faith in the commonly held truth that the killer was often a family member. In this case, a divorce was in progress; there was an obvious motive. Then there was the surprising admission by the wife that she had shot her husband. Things were looking great until the wife’s lawyer showed up. He was also the wife’s father and had a reputation as the lawyer to be avoided whenever possible. Atticus was contentious, fierce, and dogged in pursuit of a favorable outcome for his clients. And this client was his daughter, even though she had admitted to the shooting. But that was OK because a few days later the son also admitted to the shooting.With all of this confessing going on, it would seem Tracy would be very busy trying to sort out the truth. But no, she had partners to do the drudge paperwork and follow-ups. Her friend Jenny, the sheriff in nearby Klickitat County, had asked for Tracy’s help in opening a cold case that Jenny’s father had kept a private file for and which was passed on to Jenny. The development of DNA and other technologies led Jenny to believe a new investigation was warranted. Tracy’s participation was to ensure the absence of bias. The cold case had elements of racial prejudice as the victim was Kimi Kanasket, a Native American. The cold case is covered in more detail than the present day murders. New technology is explained in detail. As witnesses are interviewed in the latter stages of their lives, it appears that there may be more than one murderer, or two, or three, or four. Whether one murderer or multiple suspects, all parties to the crime except the victim have gotten older and have established positions in the local business community.With two crimes in play, there are at least two conclusions to the book. There might be three if the reader is interested in finding some connection between the cases. I was surprised by all of the several conclusions. This book was fun to read. It is part of the Tracy Crosswhite series and I am sure I will read more novels in the series.