Detective Tracy Crosswhite is back home after the investigation into her sister’s abduction and murder, facing somewhat of a fallout from her decision to take leave. The case she was working on before her nemesis, Captain Johnny Nolasco, vindictively moved it to the Cold Case Unit has resurfaced in an awful way. Dancers from the Pink Palace gentlemen clubs are turning up murdered in motels and the crime scenes are identical to that first case, down to the minute details. Tracy also seems to inexplicably be in the killer’s sights as she and her team race the clock to find the Cowboy, the moniker given to him.
There are so many layers to this story beyond the investigation of the case as Nolasco works at odds with Tracy, especially when she connects one of his old closed cases to the present. Also, someone appears to be stalking her at home and beyond. I had just as much energy in seeing Nolasco taken down as the killer. The suspects for the murders were solid leads, making it difficult to determine which should rise to the top of the list. The procedurals were equally compelling, allowing me to make informed deductions, though I went back and forth as they uncovered more clues.
The more I learn about Tracy Crosswhite, my admiration grows and I’m now fascinated with this character and series. While justice doesn’t always play out as ideally as I’d like, it’s realistically portrayed in these stories. I love that there are so many aspects to each, which has me fully absorbed. I also love the series narrator as she has some serious storytelling skills and does a great job with character distinctions. I’ve got all of the audiobooks and will continue with new releases. This was another winning installment.
- Release Date: September 15, 2015
- Series: Tracy Crosswhite #2
- Narrator: Emily Sutton-Smith
- Audio Length: 11 hours, 28 minutes
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio