Her Final Breath (Tracy Crosswhite Series #2)

Her Final Breath (Tracy Crosswhite Series #2)

by Robert Dugoni


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Tracy Crosswhite returns in the second book in the page-turning series by New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni.

Homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite has returned to the police force after the sensational retrial of her sister’s killer. Still scarred from that ordeal, Tracy is pulled into an investigation that threatens to end her career, if not her life.

A serial killer known as the Cowboy is killing young women in cheap motels in North Seattle. Even after a stalker leaves a menacing message for Crosswhite, suggesting the killer or a copycat could be targeting her personally, she is charged with bringing the murderer to justice. With clues scarce and more victims dying, Tracy realizes the key to solving the murders may lie in a decade-old homicide investigation that others, including her captain, Johnny Nolasco, would prefer to keep buried. With the Cowboy on the hunt, can Tracy find the evidence to stop him, or will she become his next victim?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503945029
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 09/15/2015
Series: Tracy Crosswhite Series , #2
Pages: 411
Sales rank: 71,124
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Robert Dugoni is the #1 Amazon and New York Times bestselling author of My Sister’s Grave. Dugoni is also the author of the critically acclaimed David Sloane series—The Jury Master, Wrongful Death, Bodily Harm, Murder One, and The Conviction—as well as the bestselling standalone novel Damage Control and the nonfiction exposé The Cyanide Canary, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year selection. Dugoni’s books have been likened to those of Scott Turow and Nelson DeMille, and he has been hailed as “the undisputed king of the legal thriller” by the Providence Journal.

Visit his website at www.robertdugoni.com. Follow him on Twitter @robertdugoni and at Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorRobertDugoni.

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Her Final Breath 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
Tracy is a homicide detective in North Seattle. Tracy is still dealing with the emotions from the trauma of her sister's murder which we learn about in the first book in this series. She is a no nonsense detective, but not damaged like some other police detectives in other series I have read. She has a boyfriend, Dan O'Leary who is a lawyer and is well-liked by the other officers she works with. Unfortunately for her, her captain, Johnny Nolasco does not feel the same way. He will only be happy when she is no longer an officer with the Seattle P.D. In this story a serial killer leaves his victims hog-tied in cheap motels where they strangle themselves. He's given the nickname of "The Cowboy". Tracy and her team are assigned to the task force to track and to capture this psychopathic murderer. Of course, they are not given enough officers or money and someone is leaking information to the press. The Cowboy leaves no clues behind and is meticulous in exiting his crime scenes. Tracy begins to see similarities to a case closed 9 years earlier by Nolasco and his partner. Along the way, someone is leaving ominous messages to Tracy as well. Will they catch this killer? Will Tracy become a victim? Will Nolasco be successful in drumming her off the force? Tracy's abilities are honed by practice. The cases in the book take their toll on her. She is tough, determined, seems to have a sixth sense, and normally works well with her team. Her workload is heavy and the crimes she deals with are awful. The killer is a monster. He is slick, smart, almost invisible, friendly and a very sick individual. Dugoni does an amazing job of creating this psychopath. The rest of the characters in the story all play an important role in getting to the bottom of this string of murders. It starts out slowly, letting the suspense build and build until the ending explodes. Once you get into the story, it is hard to put down. I can't recommend this series enough. I have been thrilled with both stories in this series and am ready to go with the next one. If you enjoy thrillers and suspense along with a crime to solve, then pick up this book, you will not be disappointed.
MoonTalk More than 1 year ago
Detective Terry Crosswhite Is Back In Seattle, and the Murder She Was Investigating Starts Up Again This novel starts with the heroine, Seattle Detective Tracy Crosswhite, giving a rookie shooting lessons so that she can pass her upcoming qualification test. Crosswhite and the rookie stay after the range closed. When finished, the rookie left. As Crosswhite policed the brass, she hears something and thinks she sees someone. After nothing more happening, she starts to leave and notices a hangman’s noose hanging on the fence. She immediately calls for backup. The reason for this response is that Crosswhite had led an investigation the death of an exotic dancer who was strangled with a noose. Before much progress could be made, she had to depart to go back to her childhood hometown for a hearing that led to the release of her sister’s convicted murderer (subject of the previous novel). While she was gone, her lieutenant sent the case to the Cold Case Unit. With the murder of another exotic dancer, the investigation becomes active again. From here, the novel takes off. The scope of the investigation quickly expands, and a Task Force is created with Crosswhite as the lead. She and her lieutenant have a rocky past, and it is not improving here. She lands herself in more hot water with the Office of Professional Accountability. The B-story continues from the first book, and the reader learns more about the deepening relationship between Crosswhite and Dan O’Leary. Also woven quite naturally into the story is the relationship of Crosswhite with her team members including some detail into the outside life and tribulations of Vic Fazzio. If this is the first novel of this series that you are considering to read, so not worry, adequate background is provided so that reading the first novel is not a requirement. As for language, there were only two F-bomb and a few lesser vulgar terms. There was not any graphic sex. The violence was all described in the past tense and in the context of the investigation except for one scene where the crime was described as it happened but the scene was more psychological vice gruesome. I do not believe that there is anything in these categories that would stop enjoyment in reading this novel. The only issue that I had with this novel is not with the novel itself but with its cover. The murder weapon was a hangman’s noose tied with synthetic fiber that had left or Z twist. The knot on the book’s cover illustration appears to be a Stevedore’s stopper knot tied with a natural fiber that has a right or S twist. Why is the cover illustration so different from the murder weapon? Overall, this novel like other novels of this series, this is the fourth that I have read, captured my interest. I found myself reading late into the night because I could not put this novel down. I did not have any issues with the novel itself. Overall, I rate this novel with five stars. If you like this series, do not miss this one.
Cambo More than 1 year ago
First, I would like to express my thanks to Thomas and Mercer Books / NetGalley who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. Robert Dugoni is quickly becoming a highly respected and very popular writer in the legal thriller genre IMHO. He is also quickly becoming one of my go-to, favorite authors that I can count on to write a very good and original story with a very captivating plot structure. And, yet I cannot even feel or sense Dugongi lure me into this trap. It’s like well this might just be a good book, and then later it is like WHOA!, until I find myself reading the last 30% of the book lying in bed, thinking that I wish that I could go to sleep. But, this darn Dugoni just will not let me. Her Final Breath is the second installment of the Tracy Crosswhite series, and so far it is a very fine series. Tracy is still dating her lawyer friend that she went to high school with, Dan. He still lives and practices in Cedar Grove. Tracy has moved on with her life somewhat and is now a detective in a Seattle Homicide division. Tracy is still target shooting and so is her supervisor, and there is some serious tension and resentment. The squad is also experiencing tension and under the microscope for an unsolved murder. Too make matters worse, there is a serial killer on the loose who is killing young women in cheap hotels. The squad is moving nowhere quick on this case. Tracy’s supervisor, Johnny Nolasco, names Tracy the lead detective on what this serial killer case. They dub the killer The Cowboy. Nolasco, a glory hound, is setting Tracy up for what he believes is certain failure that may jeopardize her career, as well as her life. Finally, with the case going nowhere - dead ends becoming leads and leads becoming dead ends - Tracy is pulled from the case and Nolasco is assigned the case. From there, Nolasco sets it up … or so he thinks. The action and the suspense accelerate to a frantic pace from this point until the climax. Is this the end of the road for Tracy? Will the serial killer elude law enforcement once again? These are intense thoughts in an intense book. Robert Dugoni has written an excellent book in Her Final Breath, and I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of legal thrillers, action and suspense, and crime fiction. Dugoni has done a fine job of researching this book from all angles to offer the reader a very good experience. Turn off the TV and enjoy it. An easy 4-stars.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the first book in the series, so I picked up the second one too. It was an okay read, and it had a few surprises, but the case unfortunately wasn’t all that interesting or original. Some of the drama seemed useless and done half a million times already. It did get better toward the end, and I did still enjoy myself reading it. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Her Final Breath by Robert Dugoni is the second book in the Tracy Crosswhite series. In the first book they mentioned the case of Nicole Hansen, a young woman that was killed in a motel. The person had hog tied her so that if she relaxed, she strangled from the rope around her neck. The A-Team of the Violent Crimes section was unable to solve the case (Tracy was working on her sister’s murder case at the time) and after a month their boss, Captain Johnny Nolasco moved the case to the Cold Case Unit. Now Tracy Crosswhite and her team have another victim. The killer is escalating. Tracy is also having trouble with her boss, Johnny Nolasco. He is determined to get rid of Tracy while making himself look good (he has carried this vendetta for twenty years)! He is setting Tracy up for failure with The Cowboy Killer case (as this guy has been dubbed). Tracy is enjoying her relationship with Dan O’Leary. He is still living in Cedar Grove, but he frequently drives to Seattle to spend time with Tracy. Dan also gets involved in the Cowboy Killer case. They have a case that was closed nine years earlier that could be related (Beth Stinson). It was closed by Captain Johnny Nolasco and his partner who were known for cutting corners (and working the evidence to frame who they believed was the guilty party). Tracy cannot work the case at work because of Captain Nolasco (he will not like it). Dan starts questioning the witnesses and Wayne Gerhardt (who was convicted of the crime). Can they find the killer in time? How many more victims will there be before they catch the Cowboy Killer? Her Final Breath was a good book. It has a lot of twists and turns on the road to finding the killer. However, the killer was very obvious. I knew who it was from the moment the character was introduced (I avoided descriptive pronouns so there would not be a spoiler). The writer did provide some great clues and wrote a good mystery. I felt that Her Final Breath was a little long (it is longer than the first book and twice the length of a cozy mystery). I think there could have been some editing to make it a better novel (a lot of descriptive paragraphs). I give Her Final Breath 4.5 out of 5 stars (since I was able to solve the mystery). Robert Dugoni is a very skilled writer and I look forward to his next book. I received a complimentary copy of Her Final Breath from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
AnnieMcDonnell More than 1 year ago
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. What a wonderful change of pace! I had almost forgotten that I was a fan of crime novels. I am a huge fan of Patricia Cornwell and her Kay Scarpetta Detective series. Now, I can add Robert Dugoni’s Tracy Crosswhite to the list! In “Her Final Breath”, we are introduced to Detective Tracy Crosswhite and a battery of characters that make up the Seattle Police Department, and its entire forensic and legal team. I have not had the pleasure of reading the first Tracy Crosswhite book, “My Sister’s Grave”, YET! But, it is now on my to-read list. I am hoping that Robert Dugoni has more to tell about Tracy...I really want to learn what happens with her and Dan. And, of course, have her solving other crimes. While reading this book, it was playing in my head like a movie (or, CSI-Miami and Law & Order – SVU). It was THAT good!!! The story begins with Detective Tracy Crosswhite going to the shooting range with Officer Katie Pryor, who is preparing for her Shooting Qualification Test. Tracy holds the best qualifying target in the department, so people want to train with her. When the practice was over, Tracy stayed behind to pick up all of the loose slugs on the ground, so Katie could get back to her family. I had already decided that I liked Tracy Crosswhite at this point. She was a caring person. I felt a connection to her right away. That day at the range, Tracy is being followed or watched, because she heard noises and upon exiting the Shooting Range she discovers a noose hanging at the front gate. That same noose was what was being used to kill women in the Seattle area. Or, was it someone else all-together? Was her Stalker and the Murderer the same person? Or, someone mad that an old case was not worked properly? There was someone murdering female exotic dancers. He was hog-tying his victims like cattle. This was a way of dying that was just awful. The way Robert Dugoni writes about it, you can really imagine the agonizing deaths. Once they had a third murder victim, the Seattle Police Department knew they had a Serial Killer on their hands. They dubbed the Serial Killer, “The Cowboy”, because of the hog-tying. Tracy was the given the position of lead detective once they put together a Task Force to solve these crimes. Then, there was no rest until they could find the killer, and stop them. The “Cowboy” would not be so easily caught! I thought I had the whole story figured out, only to learn that I was completely wrong. And, sometimes it is great to be wrong!
JennMcLean More than 1 year ago
"Her Final Breath" by Robert Dugoni will be published on September 15, 2015. I already read the first book in this series, "My Sister's Grave", just click over for that review. I can honestly say that I liked "Her Final Breath" even more than I liked the first in the series, "My Sister's Grave". I had high hopes for Dugoni's second Tracy Crosswhite book and I'm thrilled to say the author upped his game and exceeded my expectations. Once again, I had trouble figuring out who done it which is so unusual for me and heightened the enjoyment factor of this book. I love when I really have to struggle to suss out the clues. This time our main character, Tracy Crosswhite, a homicide detective for the Seattle PD, is hunting a serial killer. This prolific killer is dubbed The Cowboy for the way he hogties his victims before strangling them. Tracy doesn't want to let the victims down and she, along with her task force run down every lead, trying to find a thread that will take down this cruel murderer. Tracy is not only fighting to solve multiple murders but also fighting her boss. Johnny Nolasco isn't making Tracy's job easy. He is thwarting her every effort by covertly tipping off a local reporter, offering rewards for information which inundates Tracy with thousands of ridiculous phone calls and even cuts her task force to a skeleton crew of police officers. Tracy's uphill battle to use her skills as a detective and come up with who The Cowboy is before he kills yet another pretty young woman will push her to consider quitting after she solves this case. The Tracy Crosswhite character is so well written that the reader feels like they're getting to know a friend as they read her harrowing journey to stop a killer. Rooting for the good guy is always a perfect place to be as a reader when an author writes a top notch character. I found myself hating Tracy's boss so much I would yell at the novel when Nolasco would thwart Tracy's efforts to do her job. I especially love books that make me feel emotions strongly. Dugoni not only wrote a five star novel here, with a mystery that keeps you guessing but he also bloomed a fantastic character in Tracy Crosswhite. I can't wait to read the next in this series! Finding Dugoni and the Tracy Crosswhite character, for me, is much like when I came across J.D. Robb's Eve Dallas, John D. McDonald's Travis McGee and Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta. Now I'm thoroughly addicted and it's all your fault, Mr. Dugoni. So please write fast so I can enjoy another book in this series.