Close to Home (Tracy Crosswhite #5)- By Robert Dugoni

This is the fifth installment of the series and is unrelated in most aspects to the other books in the series and can be read as a standalone. I was lucky to get my hands on an advance copy via NetGalley and Thomas and Mercer.

I started this book off with the feeling that it did not match up with the thrill of the previous books. This feeling did not last. It is of a slightly different genre than the last few, involving more of mind games than of the thrill of the chase.

This books starts off with a hit and run involving a child on his way home. Tracy and Kins are on a night shift and are called on the spot. The situation is heightened by the fact the child was African American and only 12. Then starts the routine investigation into this case. On the other side Del’s niece recently overdosed and he is looking out for blood. His research into the case leads him down a very interesting road. There is the extra character that we are given insights into the mind of, Leah Battles the Navy lawyer defending the accused.  This book gives a look at the functioning of the justice system in America which is sometimes overlooked and or disregarded in order to show us the culprit. This is an engaging angle and causes some thought regarding the difficulties in bringing criminals to justice.

In the background , life goes on for Tracy and hear A-Team who are each having some personal issues to deal with.

Overall this was a very well written book with some unexpected twists but not fast enough for my expectations ( I should have not had started with such presupposition , but such was the case).


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