Close to Home Book Review

Close to Home Book Review

Title: Close to Home
Author: Robert Dugoni
Published: September 5, 2017,Thomas & Mercer
No. of Pages: 382
Cover Price: $15.95 Paperback, $5.99 Kindle

Tracy Crosswhite, homicide detective in Seattle’s police department, is back in the fifth installment of the series by Robert Dugoni, Close to Home. A 12 year old boy who was on his way home from basketball practice has been killed in a hit and run, and the prime suspect is from the naval base close by. Jurisdiction goes to the navy, and some of the critical evidence disappears, causing public outrage and accusations that the navy is covering up a crime to protect one of their own. Tracy and her team keep up on things, knowing that they will end up with the case in the end since the navy has messed it up. Del’s niece has just died of a heroin overdose, and there seems to be an epidemic of similar drug deaths in the area, so he and his partner are distracted and not much help to Tracy. Could these cases be connected?

Kins is out of the office recovering from hip surgery, so Tracy seems to be on her own. Tracy senses that things don’t to add up – she is missing something very important - and puts herself and others in danger while trying to uncover the truth.

Readers of this series know that Dugoni is an excellent storyteller, and that the main characters have become likeable old friends. This particular book focuses more on the crimes and less on relationships, which makes it less personal. Although it is well-written, and has surprises and plenty of suspense, it isn’t quite as grabbing as the earlier installments in the series. All told, however, most readers will want to pick it up to find out what is happening to Tracy. Not Dugoni’s best, but still better than most.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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