“Close to Home” (Thomas & Mercer), by Robert Dugoni
Tracy Crosswhite and her colleagues try to solve a disturbing hit-and-run case in Seattle in Robert Dugoni’s latest novel, “Close to Home.”
Crosswhite and her husband are hoping to expand their family, but issues they cannot control seem to interfere. With this weighing heavily on her mind, she learns that a 12-year-old boy has been killed in a hit and run. Police soon uncover the vehicle responsible abandoned in a field. The owner, who lives in Bremerton, a ferry ride or few hours’ drive away, claims the car was stolen. If that is true, why is there videotape evidence of him buying an energy drink at a nearby convenience store prior to the incident? Also, where did he get a cut on his forehead?
The suspect is taken in for questioning, but since he’s on active duty in the Navy, Seattle police are soon working with a military court to provide answers.
While this case is slowly unraveling, much to Crosswhite’s dismay, a fellow policeman in her unit seeks revenge for the overdose death of his niece. She had gone to rehab and seemed on the right path to get her life clean and straight. As he digs into the background of her friends, he uncovers a horrible truth even as deaths due to a heroin overdose escalate.
The two seemingly separate cases would each formulate a compelling novel, but the blending of the two cases makes “Close to Home” another thrilling addition to Dugoni’s “Crosswhite” series. By taking the time to focus on secondary characters, he adds to the depth and scope of the tale while opening up exciting future story lines.
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