on January 1st 1970
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I had never heard of Robert Dugoni until I received an Arc of his book “The Trapped Girl”. I loved that book, btw and thought to myself, “why have I not heard of this Author before?” Needless to say, when I saw there was another ARC out in the same series, I just had to read it! One of the things I enjoy most about his writing is that he doesn’t spoon feed the reader anything. He lays out his story in an intelligent fashion, there will be plot twists and reveals and all seem plausible and believable. He is a master at mixing police procedural, character development, and suspense into his work. I also like his main character, Tracy Crosswhite. She is a likable, tough, sympathetic and interesting woman. She is dealing with personal issues in this book but does not let her personal struggles get in the way or her job.
While investigating the hit and run death of a young boy, Tracy determines that an active duty navy serviceman is the prime suspect. This issue becomes a military one but when damning evidence goes missing, he is released and Tracy can’t let the boys death go on punished.
Meanwhile Del Castigliano is still coping with the death of his niece from a Heroin overdose. He and his partner are on the hunt to find those responsible for selling his niece the heroin the night she overdosed. He finds out that she is not the only one who has died after using the drug.
These two story lines seem unrelated but they seamlessly come together as revelations are made in both cases. I believe the beauty of this book is how the Author brings the two story lines together. I think there is a fine line an Author has to tread when this is done to make the story flow and seem believable. Dugoni pulls this off while at the same time building the suspense. I love trying to figure out what is going on and what is going to be the conclusion when I read suspense/mysteries. This book did keep me guessing and I did have some theories. Sometimes I am right, sometimes I am wrong. In this case, I was wrong.
There are a lot of characters in this book but no so much that they get distracting or weigh down the plot. Now, I need to go back and read the other books in this series that I have missed while I anxiously wait for the next book in this series to come out. The pacing was spot on. I loved that there were no dull moments in this book. I was sucked in from page one.
I received a copy of this book from Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for an honest review.