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Robert Dugoni

Autor(a) de My Sister's Grave

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About the Author

Robert Dugoni graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a degree in journalism and clerked as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times before obtaining his doctorate of jurisprudence from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law. He practiced as a civil litigator in San mostrar mais Francisco and Seattle for 17 years. In 1999 he left the full-time practice of law to return to writing. He is the author of the popular David Sloane series of books and the Tracy Crosswhite series. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Robert Dugoni

My Sister's Grave (2014) 1,123 exemplares
The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell (2018) 984 exemplares
The Jury Master (2006) 461 exemplares
Her Final Breath (2015) 425 exemplares
In the Clearing (2016) 359 exemplares
The Trapped Girl (2017) 357 exemplares
The Eighth Sister (2019) 285 exemplares
Close to Home (2017) 255 exemplares
Damage Control (2007) 255 exemplares
A Steep Price (2018) 235 exemplares
Wrongful Death (2009) 205 exemplares
Bodily Harm (2010) 188 exemplares
A Cold Trail (2020) 170 exemplares
The World Played Chess: A Novel (2021) 169 exemplares
The 7th Canon (2016) 169 exemplares

Associated Works

Odd Partners: An Anthology (2019) — Contribuidor — 55 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



I've been slowly savoring Robert Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite mysteries. While some readers will binge when they discover such a good series, I stretch out the time between each book to make the series last. I like knowing that I have a "sure thing" or two waiting for me on my to-be-read pile. Close to Home was next up on my list.

Speaking of series, this is a perfect one for those who like the characters' personal lives to be important parts of the story. Tracy is now married, and while this city girl tries to adapt to country quiet, she and her husband make an important decision. Tracy's partner, Del, recently lost a beloved niece to a drug overdose, and his investigation leads him to Celia McDaniel, a woman whose son also died of an overdose. Military lawyer Leah Battles plays a significant part, and I hope to see her in future books.

The mystery in Close to Home is a strong one, and like all good crime fiction, readers' knowledge can grow a lot on the way to finding out whodunit. There's plenty to learn about the military legal system as well as the healthcare industry's shift in focus to pain management rather than treating underlying ailments. And how about the legalization of marijuana? When I found out how the drug cartels adapted to that, I realized that I hadn't been paying enough attention to the world outside my door. There are even more kernels of knowledge in the pages of Close to Home, some of which made me smile. (Navy camouflage being called "blueberries", and the general opinion of them, for example.)

Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite series is for readers who love to be immersed in both the story and the characters-- especially when the main character is a bonafide member of the Harry Bosch School of Policing (Everybody counts or nobody counts). If you're not already a dedicated reader, I'd advise you to begin at the beginning with My Sister's Grave. This is an excellent series that you won't want to miss.
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cathyskye | 20 outras críticas | May 1, 2024 |
"It is in those quiet moments that each of us has the ability to make our lives extraordinary".
Sam Hill, while growing up in a devoutly Catholic household and attending Catholic school, struggles with faith. He was different- ocular albinism meant he had red eyes. He was dubbed "devil boy" or Sam Hell. He was bullied his whole life. As an adult, he was able to become a successful optometrist. He still suffered from low self-esteem due to his past. Through acceptance he can finally learn to forgive and achieve peace.… (mais)
Chrissylou62 | 69 outras críticas | Apr 11, 2024 |
In this book, Tracy is undergoing IVF. She and her team are tasked with investigating the hit-and-run death of a 12-year-old African American boy, D'Andre Miller, returning home from a basketball game. The car did not stop and there were no skid marks. They determine that the likely suspect is an active-duty serviceman at a local naval base working in logistics (warehousing and moving supplies). However, he maintains that he was at home that night. When they find the car, Tracy finds a receipt from a convenience store close to the accident and dated that night. They are able to get the video from the store and identify the man who is the navy man. Since he is enlisted, the Navy takes over the investigation, however, Tracy stays in contact with the victim's family and also testifies in the Navy hearing. The man still maintains he was not there. During the Navy investigation, that key piece of evidence goes missing. Meanwhile, Tracy’s partners, Del and Faz, are investigating who sold heroin to Del's niece, Alli, who has just died from an overdose. They discover a string of recent deaths from overdoses of a particularly potent form of heroin, nicknamed China white. It turns out the two cases are related and people in the heroin case begin dying.… (mais)
baughga | 20 outras críticas | Apr 5, 2024 |
I came across 'My Sister's Grave' as I was excavating the depths of my TBR pile. I bought it back in 2015, about a year after its release as an audiobook, when it was being promoted as a debut novel from a promising new author kicking off a new series. Then I lost sight of it. I found it again because I saw good reviews of 'One Last Kill' (2023), the tenth and latest book in the series.

As soon as I started to read 'My Sister's Grave', I was slapping my forehead and asking "How have I let this sit on my shelves untouched since 2015?" I was immediately swept up by the storytelling. There was nothing startlingly original about content or form. It's a familiar formula for an American police procedural BUT it was really well done. The intercut timelines worked well, capturing my curiosity and engaging my emotions. I was hooked and having fun.

It helped that Tracy Crosswhite was easy to like. She's not a prima donna. She doesn't have a substance abuse problem. She isn't prone to suicidal ideations as a result of past sins. So she avoids the obvious hard-bitten detective clichés. Instead, she's someone who has the respect of her peers and who enjoys her work as a Seattle PD homicide detective. When she returned to her small home town in Washington State, where the local sheriff knew her parents and watched her and her sister grow up, I got to see a little more of her passion and her frustration but I also saw how well she kept control of herself and focused on getting the results that she needed.

I was drawn in by Tracy's relationship with her younger sister, Sarah and felt strongly enough about Sarah herself that I was angered by my foreknowledge that no matter how brave or resourceful she was, she wouldn't survive.

I thought the book was stronger because it wasn't a one-woman show and it wasn't all about detection. Tracey enlists the help of her school friend, Dan O'Leary, now a lawyer and he handles the courtroom part of the action. I thought the court scenes were well done. Still a little more dramatic than real life but without any 'Perry Mason' histrionics.

The mystery has enough twists that I didn't guess at the outcome. This was partly because of how well-drawn the characters of local Sheriff Roy Calloway and convicted killer Edmund House were written. Both of them came across as untrustworthy and dangerous and neither of them had clean hands. House was chilling throughout. Calloway was... gratifyingly complex.

This was a page-turner of a book, cleverly structured to maintain the tension, engage the emotions, feed the curiosity and deliver excitement by cutting between present and past and between discovery and action.

The upside of having let a very entertaining book sit on my shelves for nine years is that nine more books in the series have already been published. I looking forward to reading my way through them.

I listened to the audiobook version of 'My Sister's Grave', narrated by Emily Sutton-Smith and I'll be sticking with that format for the next book, 'Third Watch'. Click on the SoundCloud link below for a sample of Emily Sutton-Smith's narration.

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MikeFinnFiction | 80 outras críticas | Apr 4, 2024 |



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