My Sister's Grave
A Tracy Crosswhite Mystery by Robert Dugoni
Review: It has been twenty years since Tracy Crosswhite's younger sister Sarah disappeared and was presumed dead. In fact a rapist, Edmund House, who had recently been paroled, boldly confessed to murdering Sarah. In a speedy trial with no concrete evidence, not even a body, plus a poor defense, House was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. A problem faced Tracy, however. She had a hard time facing the fact, although she didn't know why, that the man sent to prison was her sister's killer, in My Sister's Grave, a legal thriller by Robert Dugoni.
Tracy was a high school chemistry teacher in her home town of Cedar Grove, Washington, when Sarah disappeared. After House's conviction, Tracy quit her job and entered the Seattle Police Academy, where she thought she could gain more knowledge about the evidence and the legal process, anything to do with a crime that would help her to understand what happened at House's trial. Over the years little things about the trial kept creeping onto her mind and they just didn't add up. Now, twenty years later, she is a homicide detective and determined to solve the mystery.
Returning to her home town, Tracy is told by Sheriff Calloway, who was also sheriff when House was convicted, that she is not to interfere with the due process of law. Dan, a childhood friend of Tracy's, has also returned to Cedar Grove after giving up a lucrative law practice in New York. Together they search for new evidence that may help House to get a new trial. With Dan as his defense attorney they just may find the truth behind Sarah's murder. They soon discover secrets relating to flawed investigation by the sheriff that is alarming. The shocking events not only free Edmund House, but put Tracy's life in danger.
My Sister's Grave has a strong storyline and a compelling cast of characters, led by Tracy and Dan, who are very convincing in their respective roles as detective and attorney and play well off of the solidly developed Sheriff Calloway, their principal adversary, who works to block their attempts to free House every step of the way. The overall theme here is that the law, and the process of law, isn't nearly as black and white as most would like to believe, with a vast gray area in the middle open to interpretation and manipulation. A superb whodunit start to finish, this legal thriller is highly recommended.
Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of My Sister's Grave.
Acknowledgment: Thomas & Mercer provided a copy of My Sister's Grave for this review.
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Selected reviews of other mysteries by this author …
Touchstone (Hardcover), June 2012
ISBN-13: 9781451606720; ISBN-10: 1451606729
Her Final Breath
Thomas & Mercer (Trade Paperback), September 2015
ISBN-13: 9781503945029; ISBN-10: 1503945022
Location(s) referenced in My Sister's Grave: Washington State
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My Sister's Grave by Robert Dugoni — A Tracy Crosswhite Mystery
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Format: Trade Paperback
Publication Date: November 2014
List Price: $15.95
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