Her Final Breath by Robert Dugoni
Thomas & Mercer: 9/15/15
eBook review copy, 424 pages
#2 in the Tracy Crosswhite Series
Her Final Breath by Robert Dugoni is a very highly recommended
police procedural. Homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite, who we were
first introduced to in My Sister's Grave, is back with the Seattle Police Department's Violent Crime Squad and on a new investigation.
When a dancer at a strip club is found strangled in a motel room, the
case bears an uncanny resemblance to a previous murder of a dancer. In
the previous case, Tracy's boss, Captain Johnny
Nolasco, relegated it to the cold case files after only a month in an
attempt to make Tracy look bad. The ongoing public outcry did nothing to
help public relations. Tracy is even left a noose, which could be a
message about the case or it may mean she is a personal target for
Now, after this second girl turns up dead, it is clear that a serial
killer is on the loose. It appears he is targeting strippers and leaving
their bodies in cheap motel rooms. He has been nicknamed "The Cowboy"
because of his sadistic bondage method using rope. He hogties his
victims with a noose around their necks, resulting in the victims
eventually strangling themselves.
Tracy is leading the task force to find the killer. Even as her team is
following leads and trying to find the killer before another victim is
chosen, her boss, Nolasco, is still out to see her fail. Tracy realizes
that these new murders resemble one from 9 years earlier, one Nolasco
and his partner handled. The suspected killer was convicted and is still
incarcerated, but Tracy pulls up the file and secretly has her
boyfriend, lawyer Dan O’Leary, investigate the case.
It always nice to see strong, well-written female leads and Tracy
Crosswhite fits that description. Dugoni has done an excellent job with
character development, bringing Tracy to life. Even more importantly,
Dugoni has done an exceptional job in plot development too. Her Final Breath
is a police procedural/mystery that kept me totally engaged from
beginning to end and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. I'll be
looking forward to the next Tracy Crosswhite novel.
Disclosure: My Kindle edition was courtesy
of Thomas & Mercer for review