cover image The Trapped Girl

The Trapped Girl

Robert Dugoni. Thomas & Mercer, $15.95 trade paper (378p) ISBN 978-1-5039-4040-6

In Dugoni’s outstanding fourth Tracy Crosswhite mystery (after 2016’s In the Clearing), the Seattle homicide detective investigates the death of Andrea Strickland, a young woman whose body a fisherman finds in a crab pot raised from the sea. Andrea, who was reported missing after a treacherous mountain hike, was already presumed to be dead. The victim’s husband is the prime suspect and the beneficiary of a sizable life insurance policy. As the plot twists and turns, Tracy is struck by the similarities between her own life and Andrea’s: both suffered family tragedies and rigidly structured their lives to compensate for the loss. For Tracy, solving the case is personal—but on a different level than the murder of her sister years before. In less deft hands this tale wouldn’t hold water, but Dugoni presents his victim’s life in discrete pieces, each revealing a bit more about Andrea and her struggle to find happiness. Tracy’s quest to uncover the truth leads her into life-altering peril in this exceptional installment. [em]Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Jan.) [/em]