The third book in the Tracy Crosswhite Series, In the Clearing by Robert Dugoni takes us between the big city of Seattle and the small town world of Klickitat County, Washington. Throughout this captivating book, Tracy works on two seemingly unrelated murder cases, one fresh and one cold. Dugoni’s series continues to captivate me and leave me hanging on every word. I have been reading this series through the audiobooks and I am glad I did! The only thing better than reading a good murder mystery is having it read to you.
In the Clearing splits its time between the two different cases Tracy is working on. The first is a forty year old cold case brought to Tracy by the mayor of the small town in which it took place. Teenage Kimi Kanasket disappeared somewhere between the diner she worked at and her home. Her body was discovered several days later in the river, and she was presumed to have committed suicide. Forty years later, the daughter of the sheriff who worked on the case believes there is more to this case than meets the eye. She recruits Tracy to reopen the case file and revisit what really happened on that fateful night.
Back in Seattle, Tracy and her partner, Kins, are working on a possible homicide, possible self-defense case. All they know is that a man is dead and both his almost-ex-wife and his son claim to have done it, and they both claim it was in self defense. But something isn’t quite adding up. Missing fingerprints, fingerprints where they don’t belong, and mismatched stories tell Tracy and Kins there is more going on than meets the eye.
I have thoroughly enjoyed continuing to follow Tracy Crosswhite through her career as a homicide detective. This next installment in the series did not disappoint. Like I’ve said in past posts, Dugoni has a knack for grabbing your attention and hanging onto it well. I already have the fourth book in the series queued up!
In the Clearing by Robert Dugoni gets 4/5 stars