2022 Challenges, Audiobook, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

In the Clearing by Robert Dugoni @robertdugoni @esuttonsmith @BrilliancePub

Jenny Almond was the only other female recruit attending the Academy with Tracy Crosswhite and they’ve remained friends over the years. Jenny is now the Sheriff of Klickitat County, succeeding her father Buzz who recently died. At the funeral, Jenny gives Tracy what appears to be one of her father’s cold case files but what’s puzzling is that it appeared to have been closed almost 40 years ago and the file supposedly destroyed. In 1976, the body of missing Native American teen Kimi Kanasket was found in the river and ruled a suicide. However, based on Buzz’s file, there’s room for skepticism. Meanwhile, Tracy and her partner Kinsington (Kins) Row catch a case in Seattle where Angela Collins shot her husband Tim and claims self defense. Complicating that situation is the woman’s father, a renowned city defense attorney who is on the scene when they arrive. There are lots of indicators to question the woman’s claims.

While both cases are investigated in this story, the probe into what happened to Kimi Kanasket is the most fascinating. It’s not a straightforward one as so many years have passed and the town law enforcement is certainly not being helpful. I loved how Tracy just followed the clues without a lot of supposition, calling in forensic experts that have resources, tools and skills not available back in 1976. It was challenging but Tracy is fearless, doggedly determined and a clever investigator. The procedurals were outstanding and even though the two cases were unrelated, there was a connection in the motivations of the suspects.

I continue to listen to the series and enjoy the narrator who demonstrates her versatility in creating distinctive voices for a host of characters. She maintains a specific one for Tracy that seems well suited for her personality. These were gnarly cases with lots of moving parts and people that kept me pondering until the final reveals. I loved that there were two seemingly disparate cases to immerse myself into and revel in the journey to figure both out. Still loving this series!

Book Info

  • Release Date: May 17, 2016
  • Series: Tracy Crosswhite #3
  • Narrator: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Audio Length: 10 hours, 20 minutes
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio



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23 thoughts on “In the Clearing by Robert Dugoni @robertdugoni @esuttonsmith @BrilliancePub”

  1. Excellent review Jo. I went back to read my review and felt the same as you did, especially liking that there was more than one case, as that is more realistic. I read them, but will listen to any new ones, hopefully.

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