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Summary

New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni’s thrilling series continues as Seattle homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite is plunged into a case of family secrets and murder…

Called in to consult after a young woman disappears, Tracy Crosswhite has the uneasy feeling that this is no ordinary missing-persons case. When the body turns up in an abandoned well, Tracy’s suspicions are confirmed. Estranged from her family, the victim had balked at an arranged marriage and had planned to attend graduate school. But someone cut her dreams short.

Solving the mystery behind the murder isn’t Tracy’s only challenge. The detective is keeping a secret of her own: she’s pregnant. And now her biggest fear seems to be coming true when a new detective arrives to replace her. Meanwhile, Tracy’s colleague Vic Fazzio is about to take a fall after his investigation into the murder of a local community activist turns violent and leaves an invaluable witness dead.

Two careers are on the line. And when more deadly secrets emerge, jobs might not be the only things at risk.

©2018 La Mesa Fiction, LLC (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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brilliant

this series of books was made to be listened to. Emily's audio performance made reading the next book addictive. what will I do now that I've finished them?

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Good read

I enjoy Robert Dugoni's books but he uses the word said far too much. Unfortunately I knew who did the murder almost immediately in this story but it was a good read.

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Another excellent book

I do feel that the main characters are my friends, and I enjoy their different characteristics and their fears and joys.

The story line was well handled and very interesting, I also like the fact that there are often two stories running simultaneously in Mr Dugoni's books. Another well satisfied reader here!

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  • shelley
  • 27-06-18

Excellent character driven mystery!

A Steep Price is book #6 in the Tracy Crosswhite series. As with all of Dugoni's other books this can be read/listened to as a stand alone book. I would suggest listening to these books in the order they were written. There story is progressive and so are the relationships.
There are a few storylines going on in this book. There's a missing Indian (not Native American) woman missing. She was going to medical school in defiance of her parents arranging a marriage for her.
Then there is also a pregnant Tracy who is stressed about her job security when a Latino woman, Andrea Gonzalez is hired into her division.
Meanwhile Vic Fazzio and Del Castigliano are working on a different case. An outspoken mother who is tired of the neighborhood crime and drugs is found murdered. When Fazzio gets sent out with Gonzalez there's a fatal shooting of a witness and it seems something funny is going on with the witness accounts of what happened. They don't match what actually happened and the blame is being on Fazzio.
This is such a good book and a great addition to the series.
My HIGHLEST RECOMMENDATIONS!
Emily Sutton-Smith is one of the best female narrators in my opinion. She did a fantastic job as I would expect.
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Thank You.

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  • Lia
  • 05-07-18

Robert Dugoni and Emily Sutton-Smith - Fantastic

Robert Dugoni continues to hit all the right notes with the latest entry in the Tracy Crosswhite series, "A Steep Price". This around, the story delves into issues as varied as race, drugs, poverty, culture, education, pregnancy and workplace.

Tracy and her partner, Kins, are called in to help investigate the disappearance of a young University of Washington student. When her body is found at the bottom of an abandoned well not far from her home, the initial ruling is suicide. But Tracy's not buying it and investigates it as a murder.

Meanwhile, Faz and Del are assigned to the killing of a local mother and activist in a high crime neighborhood. Their investigation puts them at odds with both the community and the cartel that seems to run things. It also puts them into real danger.

The author keeps everything fluid and moving and real, including Tracy's conundrum about when and how to announce her pregnancy. As usual, the writing is crisp and clear and realistic, right down to the park I pass almost every day on the way to work.
Outstanding book I can't wait for more
Emily Sutton-Smith one of my favorite narrators her delivery of the book just bring the story to life.

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  • Roe
  • 09-07-18

A bit slow

I thought it was a little slow moving. Not enough action or suspense. It didn’t hold my attention so I found myself drifting and having to go back and listen to parts that had already been read.
Narration was very good

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  • Colette M. Cummings
  • 04-07-18

Good. Not great

I really like this series and was happy that all the characters were back. I liked the story lines but I guess I was expecting them to connect or overlap.
Good listen but not my favorite in this series.

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  • Wayne
  • 27-06-18

Dugoni is a master of the modern detective genre!

Robert Dugoni is also a master of the legal thriller genre with his David Sloane series, but A STEEP PRICE is Book 6 in his Seattle detective Tracy Crosswhite series. Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite series, Karin Slaughter's Will Trent series, Louis Penny's Chief Inspector Gamache series, and Robert Bryndza's Erika Foster series are my four currently favorite detective series. As usual for Dugoni the publisher's summary sets up A STEEP PRICE very well. The novel features two unrelated cases,Tracy's murder case and her partner Vic Fazio's drug case. Tracy and her husband Dan are dealing with her pregnancy in its 16th week and Fazio is dealing with his wife's breast cancer. A truism about all of Robert Dugoni's novels is that family plays a major role.

Robert Dugoni usually releases novels at a rate of one every eight or nine months. During the last five weeks he has released both THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF SAM HELL and A STEEP PRICE. THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF SAM HELL is in my opinion a certain prize winner and may be one of the best novels of 2018.

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  • Amanda
  • 09-07-18

Love this series but...

I waited for this one since it was announced! But I have to say it doesn’t have the suspense that the others have. You’d have to be a seasoned reader and love this series to understand the relationship dynamics and why these events are important. I’m looking forward to the next one, and hoping that the events in this book set up for a great read as always.

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  • christina
  • 15-11-18

love the whole series

on the edge of my seat with all 6 books in the series loved them!

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  • Sajet
  • 27-10-18

Great

Excellent storyline and narration. I love Dugoni mysteries and suspense.
Can’t wait for the next book.

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  • Alpaca Lady
  • 26-10-18

Excellent storyline with enjoyable characters and first-rate narration

Dugoni has spun another winner featuring detective Tracy Crosswhite and the rest of her A-Team. Even if this is your first in the series, you'll pick up on the characters' inter-relationships quickly. This time, the expectations of a traditional Asian Indian family move one of the plots in interesting and unpredictable ways. I enjoyed these viewpoints very much. The narration by Emily Sutton-Smith is first rate!

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  • llmitchell
  • 18-10-18

A Steep Price by Dugoni a wonderful novel with several story lines to intrigue the reader.

I loved this book 6 in the Tracy Crosswhite series. I really hope there will be a Book 7 as Tracy is a complex character I feel like became a friend of mine. Great Who Done It mysteries.