on January 1st 1970
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Tracy Crosswhite is pregnant and finishing up her testimony in court when she is called in to consult on a missing persons case by Detective Katie Pryor. She agrees with her friend that this case does not feel right. The missing young woman, Kavita Mukherjee, is not the typical missing person. Kavita is attending medical school and is estranged from her family due to not wanting an arranged marriage. When her body is found, her case becomes a murder investigation.
Kavita’s murder is not the only issue Tracy is dealing with in this book. She has not yet disclosed her pregnancy at work and she is not happy with the woman, Detective Andrea Gonzalez, who has joined their team and has made herself a little too comfortable using Tracey’s desk and computer.
Plus, Tracy’s colleague, Vic Fazzio is dealing with her concern over his wife’s recent diagnosis and his investigation into the murder of a local activist. His investigation gets him in deep and on the wrong side of a local gang. He gets paired with Detective Gonzalez one day and when there is a shooting they have differing accounts of the situation.
There are two story-lines happening in this book, but I did not find that either took away from the other. Not all the detectives could work the same case, so it makes sense that they would be working on separate cases. I enjoyed both story-lines and was invested in learning what the resolution would be for both. This book is a great addition to the Tracy Crosswhite series. I believe that it works well as a standalone but highly encourage those who have not read this series to go back to the beginning as the Author has created a cast of interesting characters and you will see character development over the course of the series.
This is a well written police procedural that does not disappoint. In this book the Author takes on arranged marriages, pregnancy, the decision to return to work after birth, escorts, gangs, secrets, and medical issues to name a few.
This book proved to be a fast read for me. Again, this book was well written, captivating and left me wanting to read more. I find Dugoini’s books to be intelligent, believable and captivating. His story-lines are interesting and deal with real issues. Tracy Crosswhite is a strong female character with a strong work ethic and good head of her shoulders.
Thank you to Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.