Friday, May 13, 2016

Book Review: In the Clearing by Robert Dugoni

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook free of charge,from Thomas & Mercer Press, via Netgalley, <for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.

This new book comes out next Tuesday!

in the clearing cover


Detective Tracy Crosswhite has a skill, and a soft spot, for tackling unsolved crimes. Having lost her own sister to murder at a young age, Tracy has dedicated her career to bringing justice and closure to the families and friends of victims of crime.
So when Jenny, a former police academy classmate and protégé, asks Tracy to help solve a cold case that involves the suspicious suicide of a Native American high school girl forty years earlier, Tracy agrees. Following up on evidence Jenny’s detective father collected when he was the investigating deputy, Tracy probes one small town’s memory and finds dark, well-concealed secrets hidden within the community’s fabric. Can Tracy uphold the promise she’s made to the dead girl’s family and deliver the truth of what happened to their daughter? Or will she become the next victim?


This was the first book in this series I had read, and I will definitely be going back to read Books 1 and 2! This was a great pageturner that kept you guessing what the outcome would be. Early on you get an idea pf what might have happened and who was involved, but the specifics and the fall out in the present day, and how the author leads the reader through that, is the thrill of the book! Dugoni handled the different Native American aspects of the case quite well, painting an honest picture, to help set the historical setting. He takes you back and forth in time, in a very fluid way, which gives the story more credence, as memories are stirred up, the flashbacks come. If you are looking for something fresh and a bit different from your normal police procedurals, pick this one for your Summer reading! Then go get books 1 (My Sister’s Grave,) and 2 (Her Final Breath) too! You won't regret it!

About the Author:

Dugoni was born in Idaho and raised in Northern California the middle child of a family of ten siblings. His mother fostered a love of books and Dugoni jokes that he didn't get much of a chance to talk, so he wrote. By the seventh grade he knew he wanted to be a writer. Dugoni wrote his way to Stanford University, receiving writing awards along the way, and majored in Communications/Journalism and Creative Writing while working as a reporter for the Stanford Daily. 

Dugoni attended the UCLA law school and practiced law for 13 years in San Francisco. His longing to return to writing never wavered, however, and in 1999 he awoke one morning and made the decision to quit law and write novels. On the 4-year anniversary of his wedding day, keeping a promise to his wife, he drove a u-haul trailer across the Oregon-Washington border and settled in Seattle to pursue his dreams. For the next three years, Dugoni worked daily in an 8 foot by 8 foot windowless office in Pioneer Square to complete three novels, winning the 1999 and 2000 Pacific Northwest Writer's Conference Literary Contests. And he hasn't sopped since, with this his 11th book already garnering praise as well. For more on Robert Dugoni and his novels, visit his website at

Don't miss Robert Dugoni's LIVE Author Chat on Tuesday, May 17th at 4pm EST!


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  2. Actually, in this book Tracy is involved in two cases. The one you speak of, about the Native American girl, is outside Tracy's jurisdiction, the other inside. I had a different reaction from yours, but I've read all Dugoni's past novels.

    Unfortunately for me, the two stories were too easy to put down. And while they did contain suspense, it wasn't enough to make me anxious to pick the book back up. I liked the book, though, just not enough to read it quickly.

    This disappoints me because I know Dugoni can write a story that is unputdownable. Probably he should give more books about Tracy a rest and write a standalone. Or get back to his David Sloane series. Sloan is a lawyer, and his series has some great courtroom drama. We need more like Dugoni'a THE CONVICTION.


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