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Sunday, May 8, 2016

In The Clearing by Robert Dugoni

Detective Tracy Crosswhite has a skill, and a soft spot, for tackling unsolved crimes. Having lost her own sister to murder at a young age, Tracy has dedicated her career to bringing justice and closure to the families and friends of victims of crime.
So when Jenny, a former police academy classmate and protégé, asks Tracy to help solve a cold case that involves the suspicious suicide of a Native American high school girl forty years earlier, Tracy agrees. Following up on evidence Jenny’s detective father collected when he was the investigating deputy, Tracy probes one small town’s memory and finds dark, well-concealed secrets hidden within the community’s fabric. Can Tracy uphold the promise she’s made to the dead girl’s family and deliver the truth of what happened to their daughter? Or will she become the next victim? @goodreads



I'm really liking Detective Tracy Crosswhite. Granted I have only read the first one and now the third one but I'm going to backtrack to the second one and go on from there as they come out.

In this book we are in the present and in the past in 1976. In the year of 1976 we are reading about deputy Buzz Almond trying to figure out what happened to Kimi Kanasket. In the current year of 2016 Tracy is asked by Buzz daughter Jenny, whom she knows from working together, to help with the cold case. Tracy goes down to Stoneridge for Buzz funeral and Jenny brings up the cold case from 1976. Kimi was walking home one night after her shift at the diner, but she never got there.


She was found later on in the White Salmon River and they ruled it a suicide. They say Kimi was distraught over her break up with Tommy Moore, but she wasn't. Buzz did not think she committed suicide but there wasn't much he could do in a small town that was run by not so good people. He even wondered if it might have to do with the Native Americans having rally's outside the football games because the team was called the Red Raiders and that it was being disrespectful to the Native American culture (which it was)

But like I said it was ruled as a suicide. They say she just jumped right off the bridge. Yeah, not so much.


With the help of an old file from the case that Buzz kept to himself, Tracy cracks this baby right open. After 40 freaking years, the truth comes out and it's not what your thinking at all. I like how the author puts it in different scenarios to keep you guessing.

Meanwhile, back in Seattle Tracy and her team are trying to solve the case of who shot Tim Collins. I mean the wife confessed and the son confessed so there is a lot going on there too. But I had the most fun going around finding out clues with Tracy on the Kimi Kanasket case! The thing is, when you find out, it's just really sad. The whole ordeal and why it happened it just so sad. Pointless. Stupid. But that's they way it goes right?

Like I said, I really enjoyed the book. I'm loving the Tracy Crosswhite series so far. Keep them coming!

*I would like to thank Netgalley and Thomas and Mercer for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.* 






  1. Hey Melissa, this actually looks like a great book. Well my type of book because I love crimes and mystery types of story. I feel like it's really interesting and I should read it x)

    1. You should read it. This is the third one. I read the first one but didn't read the second one. I don't know how I missed that. Also they are all on kindle unlimited right now if you have it. This one will be too when it comes out :-)