Her Final Breath by Robert Dugoni

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Title: Her Final Breath
Author: Robert Dugoni
Format: Kindle Unlimited audiobook
Narrator: Emily Sutton-Smith
Publisher: Brilliance Audio


Homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite has returned to the police force after the sensational retrial of her sister’s killer. Still scarred from that ordeal, Tracy is pulled into an investigation that threatens to end her career, if not her life.

A serial killer known as the Cowboy is killing young women in cheap motels in North Seattle. Even after a stalker leaves a menacing message for Crosswhite, suggesting the killer or a copycat could be targeting her personally, she is charged with bringing the murderer to justice. With clues scarce and more victims dying, Tracy realizes the key to solving the murders may lie in a decade-old homicide investigation that others, including her captain, Johnny Nolasco, would prefer to keep buried. With the Cowboy on the hunt, can Tracy find the evidence to stop him, or will she become his next victim?


I discovered the Tracy Crosswhite series earlier this year and enjoyed it. So now I’ve picked up and listened to the second book and my new love of this series hasn’t changed.

There is something about this case, and things get difficult for Tracy when a similar case comes up in her search and it’s one her now boss worked and closed previously. A lot of information is missing from the form officers fill out, but there is enough information there that Tracy begins looking into the case her boss worked. What makes this difficult is her boss has it out for her. I know a lot of us may think this is the case about our bosses in real life and many of those of us are just reading hints that aren’t there. In this case though, it is real. Her boss hates Tracy, and if you ask me, it’s a petty reason. When just a trainee, at the academy, Tracy blew away his records at the gun range.

The story overall is kind of slow, but the suspense and the mystery of trying to figure out who the killer is keeps you reading. Also Emily Sutton-Smith does a great job narrating as Tracy. Her style totally fits the rhythm of the story.

I really enjoyed the suspense and following the steps Tracy takes to carefully find the answers. Something she is relentless about which we learned from the first book when Tracy did whatever she could to find out who murdered her sister and why. I definitely recommend picking up the Tracy Crosswhite books, starting with My Sister’s Grave. I will be picking up the next book, In the Clearing soon.