Quitting her job as a high school science teacher to join the Seattle Police Department was an easy decision for Tracy Crosswhite. Years earlier, what should have been one of the happiest days of her life instead became her worst nightmare when her younger sister, Sarah, disappeared. After the murder trial, while her family disintegrated, Tracy turned her heartbreak and her lingering questions into a passion for justice.
But people don't just become world-class detectives. If Tracy wants to uncover the truth about what happened to her sister, first she must be forged in the fires of the Police Academy, where not everyone wants her to succeed.
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"Nice Short Prequel to a Blockbuster Series"
I am presuming you have read at least the first two Crosswhite novels. If nothing else, this reveals the beginning of the rivalry between Crosswhite and her commanding officer. I have finished the first three novels of this series and rated each of them with 5 stars. I just finished Her Final Breath for the second time.
Should you buy this short story? It is good, but certainly not neccessary. I bought it because I love the series.
"Great prequel to the Tracy Crosswhite series"
Robert Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite detective series started with My Sister's Grave followed by Her Final Breath. Both novels earn my solid 5 star ratings. The third book is this wonderful series In the Clearing, will be released on May 17, 2016.
Tracy Crosswhite is a detective with the Seattle police department. This prequel goes back to when she decided to give up teaching high school to apply to the police academy. It is a must listen for fans of Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite series.
Emily Sutton-Smith narrates this prequel as well as the novels in the series. She is superb.
"Very nice prequel"
Robert Dugoni did a nice job on this prequel to My Sister's Grave. It provided background on the main character, Tracy Crosswhite. She is a very strong woman and I'm looking forward to starting book 1. Emily Sutton-Smith did a wonderful job bringing all the characters to life, especially Tracy. If you're into the mystery/thriller genre I highly recommend this book.
"Wishing I'd read this first"
It helped explain a lot of the animosity between Nalasco and Crosswhite.
This was, thankfully, not quite so repetitive...
She did. She made a concerted effort to give them individual voices.
"Tracy is bad to the bone"
a short story that introduces you to Tracy Crosswhite, a teacher that quits her job and joins the Seattle Police Department after her younger sister disappears. This is a journey through her time at the police academy, and it becomes quickly evident that Tracy was born for this job. Simply put, Tracy is bad to the bone. Although this short story has a clear beginning middle and end it leaves you wanting to know where Tracy’s newfound career takes her.
The story line barely began, when it was over.
The narrator tends to be monotone and slooow.
I had read My Sisters Grave before I listened to the Academy. I'm glad I did.
"As a female cop I found the book offensive."
A training scenario that was more likely to happen and a reasonable response by the academy administration.
Not a cop book.
I like the main character and the descriptions and behavior of the cadets.
I have read another book in the Tracy Crosswhite series and enjoyed it very much. I intend to read additional books in the series. This short story, however, suggests a highly unlikely training scenario. Surely no professional law enforcement officer or trainer was consulted before this book was published. I actually went back to check the date that this book was published. 2014! Not only is it unlikely that the behavior would take place, but there is no freaking way that the behavior of the trainer as described in the book would go unpunished. I spent 30 years in law enforcement and was one of the first females hired by my agency. I have been a certified law enforcement trainer for over 20 years. I am not usually critical of cop stories with flaws in police procedure but I do admire accuracy and when an author has obviously researched a topic. While I like the way that the cadets were portrayed in the book and the way that the female cadets handled the training scenario that I find so offensive, if this had been my introduction to the author's work I would never read another of his books.
"Good Read; Interesting Story"
The Academy tweaked my interest with questions like: Would the various personalities of the Pacific Northwest really show through or will the male vs female employment interactions cause frictions. Also, are people really vicious when they sense their position, their earning, or their authority is threatened? This book has it all, and this is the first of this series that I have read. The readers performance is great with no lag time or slip of pronunciation. Good job.
"the prequel has me hooked"
short story prequel to a series of books by Robert Dugoni; a high school chemistry teacher goes to the police academy a little later in life; Tracy Crosswhite is looking like she will be a strong female character; story takes place in Washington state; yes I already bought the 1st book in the series: My Sisters Grave
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