Audio: Close to Home by Robert Dugoni @robertdugoni ‏@esuttonsmith #BrillianceAudio #LoveAudiobooks #BeatTheBacklist2019

Posted October 19, 2019 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 2 Comments

Audio: Close to Home by Robert Dugoni @robertdugoni ‏@esuttonsmith #BrillianceAudio #LoveAudiobooks  #BeatTheBacklist2019 Close to Home by Robert Dugoni
Narrator: Emily Sutton-Smith
Series: Tracy Crosswhite #5
Published by Brilliance Audio on September 5, 2017
Genres: Mystery
Length: 10 hours, 49 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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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.

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The Tracy Crosswhite series  has quickly become a favorite and I’m happily borrowing it on audio through Kindle Unlimited.  Each book has me further absorbed by this world and these characters. I love the police procedural aspects, with issues of evidence and politics.

Tracy is an amazing character; I like her so much. She got married in the last book, so I do believe you need to read these in order for both professional and personal developments that progress.  In Close to Home, Tracy is doing what she can to support a family which lost a child in a hit and run.  Tracy and her team do an excellent job of evidence collection and analyzing the facts to figure out what happened.

Del is grieving his niece who died of a drug overdose and begins working the case to find out the heroin dealer who supplied her.  He gets to know others involved in prosecuting drug dealers and those who have lost children. He pitches in to help his sister and her 9 year old twins, while she struggles with her grief.

I want to keep reading these all the time. Next up is A Steep Price and then I have reached the end of published books in the series. *Cries*


Emily Sutton-Smith is the sound of this series.  I am thrilled I can get the audiobook version through Kindle Unlimited.  The male and female voices are distinct and I recognize characters pretty well now.  I was able to listen  at my normal 1.5x speed.

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About Emily Sutton-Smith

Emily sits in a carpet covered box and tells stories, and loves it. She also helped to found an Equity theatre, which she works to keep alive and thriving.

About Robert Dugoni

Robert Dugoni is the New York Times, #1 Amazon, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author of the Tracy Crosswhite series: My Sister’s Grave, Her Last Breath, In the Clearing, The Trapped Girl and Close to Home, as well as the short prequels The Academy and Third Watch. The police procedural featuring Seattle Homicide Detective Tracy Crosswhite has kept Dugoni in the Amazon top 10 for more than three years and sold more than 4 million copies. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell, released April 2018. Dugoni’s first series featured attorney David Sloane and CIA agent Charles Jenkins.

He is the winner of the Nancy Pearl Award for fiction, a two-time nominee for the Harper Lee Award for Legal Fiction, A two-time nominee for the Mystery Writer’s of America Edgar Award and a two-time nominee for the International Thriller of the year. His non-fiction expose, The Cyanide Canary, was a 2004 Best Book of the Year. He is published in more than 30 countries and two dozen languages.

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Posted October 19, 2019 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 2 Comments

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