In the Clearing by Robert Dugoni
Thomas & Mercer: 5/17/16
eBook review copy; 355 pages
In the Clearing by Robert Dugoni is another winning third book featuring Seattle homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite.
Tracy is asked by Klickitat County Sheriff Jenny Almond to look at a
cold case - a cold case from 1976, 40 years ago, that was handled by her
late father, Sheriff Buzz Almond. At that time Buzz was a deputy and it
was the first case he handled. He was never satisfied with the
investigation and kept the file at his home. Tracy agrees to look over
the case and see what she can find.
One night in 1976 high school senior Kimi Kanasket was working at the
diner. She called her parents to let them know she was walking home, as
she normally did, but this time Kimi didn't come home. Her parents
called the sheriff's and Buzz responded. There was something about the
case and the final ruling that never sat well with Buzz. Tracy calls in
some experts to help her see what Buzz saw, or what may have been
overlooked in 1976.
In the present, Tracy and the team at the Seattle PD are looking into
the murder of Tim Collins. It looks like his estranged wife shot him,
and she is saying she did, but all the clues may not be adding up to her
story. Things become more questionable when her son comes into the
station and claims he shot his father. Tracy is involved with this case
but leaves much of the work to the boys as she takes some time to look
at the case of Kimi Kanasket.
Dugoni is an engaging writer who skillfully manages the plot development
while keeping interest in both investigations. Tracy's character is
well developed (after reading the previous two novels) in this police
procedural. My Sister's Grave and Her Final Breath are the
previous two books in the series. I enjoyed both of them immensely.
But, that said, don't let the fact that this is the third book featuring
Tracy Crosswhite stop you from reading In the Clearing. This can
hold up as a stand-alone novel, although I would predict that you will
want to read the first two, especially if you appreciate a strong female
I will admit that the final verdict in both of the cases was not
entirely surprising this time around. Also, since Tracy is more focused
on the cold case from 1976, that case also seems to be the more
interesting of the two cases. This is highly recommended.
Disclosure: My Kindle edition was courtesy of Thomas & Mercer for