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One Last Kill by Robert Dugoni
Narrator: Emily Sutton-Smith
Series: Tracy Crosswhite #10
Published by Brilliance Audio, Thomas & Mercer on October 3, 2023
Length: 10 hours, 24 minute
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
Tracy Crosswhite is reopening the investigation into Seattle’s Route 99 serial killer. After thirteen victims, he stopped hunting and the trail went cold, stirring public outrage. Now, nearly three decades after his first kill, Tracy is expected to finally bring closure to the victims’ families and redeem the Seattle PD’s reputation. Even if it means working with her nemesis, Captain Johnny Nolasco.
Lead detective of the original task force, Nolasco dares Tracy to do what he failed to: close the case. Forming an uneasy alliance, Tracy and Nolasco revisit old leads and pursue new evidence only to unearth high-level corruption and cover-ups as dangerous as the elusive killer himself. At the risk of being exposed, such deadly and powerful forces will go to extremes to stay in the shadows.
The Tracy Crosswhite series is always a favorite. I can’t wait for each book and savor every minute reading. While I appreciate her camaraderie and support with her old team and other co-workers, she also has some enemies. Because she knows about their corruption. And they are up the chain of command from her.
Tracy is now in cold cases where they have tried to sideline her. Hahaha they can try. So Chief Weber has found out that a newspaper is going to run articles on a serial killer case with 13 victims from 25 years ago which was never solved. Her captain, Johnny Nolasco, was head of the task force. He has tried to sideline Tracy or put her down or get rid of her ever since she beat his shooting record as a trainee.
Now Weber has assigned Tracy with no resources to solve a 25 year old case. Tracy knows she is being setup for failure and to take the blame rather than the department. Tracy makes a case for more resources and is assigned Nolasco as a partner for the case. Nolasco thinks Tracy is the Chief’s favorite which is so far from the truth it’s hilarious.
I’ve said before and will again, Tracy is a far better person than I am, and she’s also the best detective. She, along with Nolasco, work the case and learn a great deal about each other. Their interactions and partnership are the foundation of One Last Kill. It’s a character study not to be missed.
The working of the case is smart and detailed. Tracy makes the right calls and deductions. She also has the right instincts about when to publicize information or do press releases, not that they listen to her. There were some exciting moments with bombshell information or capturing suspects.
The last few books have had the cases solved. However, many of those in the police who are corrupt continue to get away with their crimes which is disappointing. They know Tracy has them tagged but just can’t prove their crimes. Tracy had to stop from telling the whole truth about the motivation for the serial killer to protect innocent people from being hurt.
Emily Sutton-Smith continues to be Tracy in my head. She has narrated all of this series. With the distinct voices she uses for characters, I know them when I hear them. I’m comfortable with both her male and female voices and her performance definitely enhanced my enjoyment. I was able to listen at my usual 1.5x speed.
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