A Book Spy Review: ‘A Steep Price’ by Robert Dugoni

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A steep priceSeattle homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite takes on a family full of killer secrets in Robert Dugoni’s (Close to Home, etc.) latest thriller. 

This time around, Tracy Crosswhite is called in to help investigate the disappearance of an Indian American woman named Kavita Mukherjee, a hopeful med school student who’d recently become estranged from her family. The more she digs into Kavita’s background, the more Tracy becomes concerned that this is anything but an ordinary missing persons case. It turns out that Kavita refused an arranged marriage proposed by her parents, causing a serious divide between her and her family. While the search brings up past memories of Tracy’s own sister who went missing two decades ago, Crosswhite also finds herself hiding a big secret of her own. . . as she does her best to conceal the fact that she’s pregnant.

The story takes a turn when Kavita’s body is later found in an old well, prompting Tracy to seek justice for the poor girl who saw her dreams cut short at the hands of a killer. At the same time, the death of a local activist named Monique Rodgers threatens the career of Detective Vic Fazzio, who is framed for murdering a key witness to Monique Rodgers’s public execution. Pulling double duty proves to a be a real challenge for Tracy, who feels personal ties to each case for different reasons. 

As Monique’s murder investigation comes into focus, Dugoni spins the other case revolving around Kavita’s killer into hyperdrive, cranking out another finely-written mystery that slowly but steadily builds suspense around a number of plausible suspects, before wrapping things up with a satisfying conclusion. 

Robert Dugoni’s latest whodunit is another solid entry in his popular Tracy Crosswhite series, and the author continues to develop his compelling lead character in A Steep Price, a worthy follow-up to last year’s hit novel, Close to Home

Book Details

Author: Robert Dugoni
Series: Tracy Crosswhite #6
Pages: 380 (Paperback)
ISBN: 1503954188
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Release Date: June 26, 2018
Book Spy Rating: 7.0/10

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Praised as “one of today’s finest book reviewers” by New York Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds, Ryan Steck (“The Godfather of the thriller genre” — Ben Coes) has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.

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