Note: At the time of this review, Her Final Breath is available in Kindle Unlimited with the audio included.
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?
Point of view:
3rd person. Multiple perspectives.
This is the second book in Robert Dugoni’s Tracy Crosswhite series. While many of the characters and a few scenes introducing the plot of this book are in book 1, My Sister’s Grave, the book stands well on its own.
I loved this. Awesome mix of police procedural and interpersonal relationships made for a compelling listen. Dugoni writes from various perspectives, including the killer’s, without giving anything away too soon. Listeners are definitely uncovering the clues with Tracy, Kins, Faz, Del and the rest of Seattle PD on the hunt for a serial killer. I like that there are no perfect or super hero characters and that the main characters are all 40+. Their expertise comes from years, sometimes decades of experience. The friction from Nolasco brings depth – not everyone gets along perfectly.
There’s a bit of a twist but there’s foundation for it and like in many investigations, some things may never be fully known. This is a complete story, though there are more cases to come.
Emily Sutton-Smith uses the same voices/accents/mannerisms for characters from the last book – which makes these easy to binge. It also really helps me connect with the dynamic characters Dugoni has written. Fabulous listen.
About the author:
Robert Dugoni is the critically acclaimed New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and #1 Amazon bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite police series set in Seattle, which has sold more than 8 million books worldwide. He is also the author of The Charles Jenkins espionage series, the David Sloane legal thriller series, and several stand-alone novels including The 7th Canon, Damage Control, and the literary novels, The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell – Suspense Magazine’s 2018 Book of the Year, for which Dugoni’s narration won an AudioFile Earphones Award and the critically acclaimed, The World Played Chess; as well as the nonfiction exposé The Cyanide Canary, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year. Several of his novels have been optioned for movies and television series. Dugoni is the recipient of the Nancy Pearl Award for Fiction and a three-time winner of the Friends of Mystery Spotted Owl Award for best novel set in the Pacific Northwest. He has also been a finalist for many other awards including the International Thriller Award, the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, the Silver Falchion Award for mystery, and the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award.
Robert Dugoni’s books are sold in more than twenty-five countries and have been translated into more than thirty languages.
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About the narrator:
Emily is a professional actress, and one of the co-Founders of the Williamston Theatre. Appearances on the WT stage include Out of Orbit (2018 Lansing City Pulse Pulsar Award, Best Actress in a Drama), Doublewide, Summer Retreat, Too Much, Too Much, Too Many, Miracle on South Division Street (2015 Wilde Award, Best Actress in a Comedy), End Days, The Usual: A Musical Love Story, The Smell of the Kill, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds (2009 Best Actress Thespie Award, Lansing State Journal), Maidens, Mothers and Crones and Additional Particulars. A New York City native, she has worked onstage at almost all the Equity Theatres in Michigan, including the Purple Rose Theatre, Performance Network Theatre, Tipping Point Theatre, the Detroit Rep, the Jewish Ensemble Theatre, and MeadowBrook Theatre. Emily is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA. Film and TV credits include: The Funeral Guest, Gifted Hands, Butterfly Effect: Revelation, The Prince of Motor City and Nevermore. Emily is the narrator of over 175 audio books (available through Audible.com), studied acting at the Atlantic Theatre Company in New York City, and holds a Grande Diploma in Pastry Arts from the French Culinary Institute. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from MSU.
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My Favorite Quotes
“Time for the show.” He leaned forward and pressed the glowing red tip to the sole of the woman’s foot. – Her Final Breath by @robertdugoni #Audiobook narrated by @esuttonsmith #Mystery #Suspense #PoliceProcedural #HuntForASerialKillerTweet
Faz really missed his calling. With all those mafia movies in the nineties, the guy would have been a star. – Her Final Breath by @robertdugoni #Audiobook narrated by @esuttonsmith #Mystery #Suspense #PoliceProcedural #HuntForASerialKillerTweet
That’s what Nolasco’s been doing. He brought in the Famous But Incompetent to show us up. – Her Final Breath by @robertdugoni #Audiobook narrated by @esuttonsmith #Mystery #Suspense #PoliceProcedural #HuntForASerialKillerTweet
“I’m all right,” he said. “I absorbed the blow with my face.” – Her Final Breath by @robertdugoni #Audiobook narrated by @esuttonsmith #Mystery #Suspense #PoliceProcedural #HuntForASerialKillerTweet