A Steep Price (Tracy Crosswhite #6) by Robert Dugoni


K Conley Review

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A Steep Price is a double mystery from Robert Dugoni in the Tracy Crosswhite serries. What few of the other reviews mention is that Tracy works on not only with Kins Rowe, but also with Del Castigliano and Vic Fazzio as a team of four. Because of the case load, the team divides into pairs, with Tracy working with Kins on one case, and Del and Vic handling another case. Dugoni develops all four of the these characters into believable and sympathetic people that I cared about.

Tracy has only shared the news about her pregnancy with Kins, and is concerned when she bumps into another woman, Andrea Gonzales, in the restroom who asks her how far along she is. Not only that, but the woman announces she’s joining their team as the “fifth wheel,” and their current “fifth wheel” has been transferred to another team.

Andrea not only annoys Tracy by moving into her desk when she’s out of the office, but arouses suspicion by accessing active case files that she shouldn’t be able to get into. On Tracy’s computer.

Tracy and Kins work a murder case in the closed community of Indian immigrants and arranged marriages, and Dugoni gives insight into that culture. Del and Vic work a second murder case where the main suspect is a local “wanna be” crime lord whose father was murdered in prison after Del and Vic sent him there.

While the pairs work different cases, Dugoni manages to weave the team together so it doesn’t feel like two separate books. He’s a master writer, and I love his colorful descriptions.

This book is an excellent read.

Booklist Online Review

Here’s the sixth Tracy Crosswhite mystery: a story packed with suspense, drama, and raw emotion. Tracy, a homicide cop, is consulting on a missing-persons case that quickly turns into a murder investigation. A woman has disobeyed her parents and refused to go home to India and an arranged marriage, choosing instead to stay in the U.S. and continue her education. Now she is dead, and Tracy is determined to find her killer. But she’s distracted by her own problems: she’s pregnant, and recent staffing changes have her wondering whether her superiors are planning to ease her out of the department when she goes on maternity leave; furthermore, her good friend and fellow detective Vic Fazzio is on the hook for the death of a witness in a homicide, and his career—like, she fears, her own—might be over. Lots going on here, but Dugoni has a firm grasp of the plot threads, and he shifts back and forth between them expertly, building suspense and keeping us on our toes. A fine entry in a solid series.— David Pitt

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Amazon Description & Rating

New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni’s thrilling series continues as Seattle homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite is plunged into a case of family secrets and murder…

“Another outstanding novel from one of the best crime writers in the business.” —Associated Press

Called in to consult after a young woman disappears, Tracy Crosswhite has the uneasy feeling that this is no ordinary missing-persons case. When the body turns up in an abandoned well, Tracy’s suspicions are confirmed. Estranged from her family, the victim had balked at an arranged marriage and had planned to attend graduate school. But someone cut her dreams short.

Solving the mystery behind the murder isn’t Tracy’s only challenge. The detective is keeping a secret of her own: she’s pregnant. And now her biggest fear seems to be coming true when a new detective arrives to replace her. Meanwhile, Tracy’s colleague Vic Fazzio is about to take a fall after his investigation into the murder of a local community activist turns violent and leaves an invaluable witness dead.

Two careers are on the line. And when more deadly secrets emerge, jobs might not be the only things at risk.

Goodreads Rating 

4.33

Author’s Description

Same as Amazon description

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Press

Washington Post:

Robert Dugoni’s ‘A Steep Price’ has beautiful narrative

Kirkus Review:

The sixth case for Detective Tracy Crosswhite (Close to Home, 2017, etc.) poses a pair of unrelated but equally vexing problems for the Violent Crimes squad of the Seattle Police Department.

Monique Rodgers may not have been successful enough to warrant the label community activist, but it’s clear that she’s done all she’s ever going to do when someone shoots her down in broad daylight in her South Park neighborhood. Detective Vic Fazzio, whose wife has been stricken with another round of cancer, would dearly love to tie the murder to Little Jimmy, ne Ricardo Luis Bernadino Jiminez, a drug runner whose father, Big Jimmy, was stabbed to death six months after Faz sent him to prison. But the best evidence at the scene, a telltale handprint on a parked car, leads to a suspect who gets killed by Detective Andrea Gonzalez, a newcomer to A Team, before they can slap the cuffs on him. Meanwhile, Tracy, intent on concealing a pregnancy Gonzalez noticed literally within seconds of first meeting her, does a favor for Katie Pryor, a friend in Missing Persons, by talking to Aditi Dasgupta, a recent University of Washington graduate whose old friend and roommate, Kavita Mukherjee, has disappeared. The two cases couldn’t be more different. The first, which offers an obvious suspect and an obvious motive, runs into endless complications over Gonzalez’s fatal shot; the second, which heats up after Tracy and Pryor find Kavita’s body in a disused well, is a whodunit that will cast suspicion on pretty much everyone who knew the victim, whose determination to apply to medical school instead of allowing her family to arrange her marriage turns out to be far from her only act of defiance.

Dugoni (The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell, 2018, etc.) winds up both cases satisfactorily, if not very compellingly or brilliantly, in this solid grade-B procedural.