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New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni's acclaimed series continues as Tracy Crosswhite is thrown headlong into the path of a killer conspiracy.

While investigating the hit-and-run death of a young boy, Seattle homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite makes a startling discovery: the suspect is an active-duty serviceman at a local naval base. After a key piece of case evidence goes missing, he is cleared of charges in a military court. But Tracy knows she can't turn her back on this kind of injustice.

When she uncovers the driver's ties to a rash of recent heroin overdoses in the city, she realizes that this isn't just a case of the military protecting its own. It runs much deeper than that, and the accused wasn't acting alone. For Tracy, it's all hitting very close to home.

As Tracy moves closer to uncovering the truth behind this insidious conspiracy, she's putting herself in harm's way. And the only people she can rely on to make it out alive might be those she can no longer trust.

©2017 by La Mesa Fiction, LLC. (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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They keep getting better

Another excellent story in this series. Perhaps even the best one yet, in my humble opinion. Great development of the characters as the series progresses. One more in the series to go, and I shall definitely be buying it. Again, great attention to detail but maintaining readability, or in the case of audio, listenability, if that’s a word! Highly recommended.

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  • Ree
  • 04-04-2018

Excellent Narration

Emily Sutton Smith is an excellent easy to listen to narrator I tend to follow her.

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Lots of twists and turns

I listened to the whole Tracy Crosswhite stories so far. This was probably my favourite. It had a really well written story with a few unpredictable twists. I do find the narrator a bit painful as she talks so slow I found it frustrating. The author does sometimes include too much detail about furniture in houses and where it came from. I don’t care .
I can bear this however as I enjoy the story so well

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  • Chip Atkinson
  • 27-09-2017

Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite Series Is Awesome

Close to Home is the 5 1/2 installment in the series, yet it stands on its on as a great read. It features sterling policework in a complex mystery. It is great to read mysteries with smart criminals and smart cops.

The murder case involves military personell, which complicates Crosswhite and her cohorts' investigation as they must manuever carefully in the military justice system. Dugoni uses this complication to expose just how saavy she is as a detective. Its one of the best written mysteries in the genre.

One of my favorite themes that runs through the rest of the series is missing here, that is the sexism female detectives like Crosswhite face daily. However, it is replaced with the internal hell opiate addiction brings to good families. The writing is superb.

Emily Sutton-Smith is one of the best narrators, period.

If this review helps you purchase the book, please vote yes! If you love good police work and intrigue, you will love Close To Home.

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  • Lia
  • 06-09-2017

5 Star Listen

The Tracy Crosswhite series has become one of my absolute favorites. I love the way Dugoni has taken this character and made her someone the reader wants to cheer for and strive to be like in so many ways. Close to Home is the fifth in the series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. There are references to the first book in the series, but nothing about this book makes it necessary to have read the entire series. For me, this was more of a mystery than a suspense thriller. There was not the usual edge of my seat, can’t wait to see what is going to happen next moments. That’s not a bad thing, it’s just different from the way Dugoni has written these books in the past. I enjoyed the way he spent extra time building up a few of the secondary characters we have seen throughout the series. I really enjoyed the different tone to the story with incorporating the military and JAG lawyers. I am a big fan of military shows and novels and thought this fit in so well with the writing of the characters already established in the series. It will be interesting to see if any of the new characters introduced here make it to the next in the series.
I recommend this book to anyone looking for an excellent mystery that will leave you guessing and cheering with the way the story comes to an end.

I rarely give 5 star reviews but this was such a good book with the outstanding narration provided by Emily Sutton-Smith it was an amazing experience. Don't miss this book or the whole series.

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  • Yankee Bookworm
  • 03-03-2019

Is the narrator a robot?

Love this series but for the flat tone of the reader. I don't remember noticing it on previous books. And at times she's fine, but she devolves into a robotic tone throughout the book.

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  • CaliReader
  • 24-10-2017

Love love love this series!

This one doesn't disappoint! The only thing dissappointing is that you can feel the Author wrapping up the series and it like having to move away from beloved characters that have become as familiar as your own peeps - that's how well the author develops them and imprints them into the series! Hope he writes many more books like this series !! PS I love Emily Sutton Smith for her calm narration amid action and procedural dramas - she is a great storyteller relaying a wonderfully written plot letting you ponder the descriptions and narratives. Fantastic overall!!

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  • ghostriter
  • 13-07-2019

good, but....

this is the first book of the series that I knew who the villain element was halfway through the book. I did enjoy it. especially the end. :)

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  • Internet Shopper
  • 30-10-2017

Only Half-way Thru & I am Struggling to Finish

I have read the previous four books in the series and enjoyed them. I am struggling with this book for a few reasons. Even though this is the same narrator as previous books, I find this performance to be very monotone and my minds keeps drifting off somewhere else. Between the monotone and the some of the detailed descriptions of how opioid abuse has exploded in the US is overdone and the very detailed explanations used in the trial about how police arrived at the speed of the car, I want to fast forward. The narrator also makes the Italian detectives sound like dumb thugs. I hope the rest of the storyline moves faster. My husband had just listened to this book, too, and he told me he also thought it would never end. I hope this was just a hiccup in this particular series and not the use of a ghost-writer. I have liked the other Robert Dugoni books I have read and plan to continue to read more.

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  • shelley
  • 08-09-2017

Read all about it!!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book as much if not more then the others is this series. As stated in the synopsis for this book and the other reviews this book has to do with a promising teen being run down with a car. It also deals with the current topic of opioid addiction which is a current and prevalent topic today I think this book has a strong message.
A large problem is a shift in health care where you have pain management facilities that were handing out opioids to treat the symptoms rather then the problem. With that came a government crack down on opioids and lots of addicted people who are now buying on the streets rather then a doctor's office.
Having an acquaintance that this has happened to who has lost a lifetime of savings makes this book very believable for me.
Anyway, the hit and run teen and the drugs (which he was not doing) come to a heartbreaking conclusion leaving too many teenagers at the morgue, including the niece of one of Tracy Crosswhite's coworkers.
Robert Dugoni has quickly become a favorite of mine.
Emily Sutton-Smith does a great job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • Wayne
  • 06-09-2017

Terrific police procedural!

Detective Tracy Crosswhite at age 43 is finally married to her childhood friend and successful attorney. She wants a baby so her husband has his vasectomy reversed and still they are having no success, so she is depressed after months of trying. A promising 12 year old black student is killed by a hit and run driver and Crosswhite and her partner get the case which is treated as murder. The teen niece of a fellow cop dies of a heroin overdoes. Her heroin death is the tenth in Seattle during the last year. Whoever is selling the heroin is cutting it with fentanyl, an opioid 50 to 100 times stronger than heroin. Ultimately, the crimes are all tied together in a single complex case. Close to Home is a great and complex suspense mystery.

One week prior to author Robert Dugoni releasing Close to Home set in Seattle author Louise Penny released Glass Houses set in the village of Three Pines in Quebec, Canada. The characters are very different, but the stories are similar in dealing with the growing opioid addiction crisis. There is another similarity in the way Dugoni and Penny write: their books are as much or more about close relationships, especially family, as about the crimes being solved.

As usual with the Tracy Crosswhite series the narration of Emily Sutton-Smith is very well done. I highly recommend Close to Home and all other Robert Dugoni novels.

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  • Maribel Isais
  • 07-06-2019

So it was slow

I enjoy listening Tracy’s stories but I feel like this book was a little slow. Overall, Tracy is still a badass.

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  • Annette
  • 21-11-2018

too much detail

way too much detail that the listener doesn't care about explaining acronyms. not enough story. predictable ending. I'm returning

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  • S. Rifflart
  • 14-10-2017

Dugoni triumphs again

I always enjoy these but love his Sloane Series best. This series has got better with each book

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  • mollyeyre
  • 25-09-2017

Good story

This didn't capture me totally so that I was desperate to know what happened next, but it was good, It held my interest and I didn't guess the baddie.

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  • Fersh
  • 11-09-2017

Worth waiting for!

I do enjoy the Tracey Crosswhite stories and this one was worth the wait. The various sub-plots are cleverly woven together until the final denouement. Characterisation is smart, with some of the figures expanding well and empathy is successful. It may well be a story to which I return - for pure enjoyment. Thank you to both a skilled author and a narrator who does justice to his work.

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  • Natalie
  • 21-03-2018

Love This Series

This series is so addictive and action packed, it has a good balance of personal drama and tracking down serial killers. I love how fast you get to know the characters and care about them and you get swept up in the excitement and sadness of there lives. Another big plus is that it's so easy listening and there is hardly any swearing in it at all.

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  • Paul
  • 17-01-2018

best so far

easily the best one, better story more interesting characters and as always well read, I'll look forward to the next one.

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  • M&D playlist
  • 21-09-2019

Good but not as good as the other's in the series

This book starts off well and like all of the Tracey Crosswhite series there's a good crime she's gonna solve but to be honest it gets sorted pretty quick and you can guess whodunit! The rest is love lives and hip ops! I've read the series up til now so this one won't put me off but it's not on par as the others.

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