There are two unconnected murder stories here that cross over only at the police station. This does get confusing. The author is trying to fit too much in and doesn't quite get it right but pretty good.
The first is a missing person then death of an Indian descent American student. The story revolves around arranged marriages and family honour. It also involves becoming a escort to finance medical school through a sugar daddy website.
Robert has undertaken his usual research but his take on this is through the eyes of a person unfamiliar with traditional Indian culture. Tracy is diverted by overlaying her values onto the case and the investigation becomes bogged down. Eventually as Tracy thinks to herself the answer is obvious.
This story allows Tracy to step through her pregnancy and some of the real issues women have to face in life and the workplace. Trying to contrast this to another culture doesn't quite come off.
The second story has Robert on more familiar ground drugs and gangs. The murder of a local activist for her campaign against gangs and drugs. The person of interest, a local gang leader, is obvious. The story is about the detective work to bring him to justice. This becomes very personal and dangerous.
The inclusion of a new detective In the team causes some waves. Who is she? We have Detective Faz facing personal problems and health issues for his wife. Overall interesting but not quite up to five stars.
Just like the predecessors to this book, it stays focussed and moving. It doesn’t get bogged down with extraneous bumf and the stories are completed and questions answered. In reality the book probably only deserves three and a half stars because it is fairly simple and straightforward........and the ending, fairly predictable. I like something that has possibly a little more meat to the story. Still......an enjoyable read that I wanted to finish so I could get all the pieces in place. If there is a number 7, I’ll be looking out for it anyway.
I have really enjoyed every one of this series - have just binged read them in order and found that kept the theme rolling along nicely. Each book could be read on its own without the series but think the continuity is better. Each book though has a different event/murder which shows the author has talent to pull the reader into each story but each book's background blends together. Feel they are very well researched. This is an excellent author and I will continue to read each and every book he writes. Highly recommended. To the author, thank you.
I have found a number of things about this author that fascinate me , he never put all his eggs in one basket . By this I mean he has a tendency not to have the one dashing hero that masterfully solves all the crimes . Instead he has lots of ordinary folk who do the hard work with determination and dedication and in my opinion this makes for good reading . Well done again Robert Dugoni .
Robert Dugoni never disappoints. His writing and storyline are always plausible, detailed and excellent. I am an avid follower of Crosswhite and am now branching out to his other books. I have been more than pleased with every one and he is an author well worth reading.
This just keeps getting better. Robert Dugoni, you will have more pressure on you now to get book 7. out, ASAP! What a page turner and very well written crime novel. I am loving the way the characters are being built slowly in the background. It’s just enough to get to know them and enjoy them but does not interfere with the action of the book. Can’t wait for book 7.
I've read all 6 books in this series and this is just as good as the rest. Love seeing how the characters are growing and changing. I also enjoyed the 2 different storylines which was a nice change. Looking forward to reading more.
The characters return with even more depth in their own stories. Loved the two stories and interesting details about the Indian culture. I would recommend fhis book to anyone. It is easy reading with gripping story. I didn't want to put it down.I have loved reading this series by Robert Dugoni and am keen to continue to read his other publications.
Robert Dugoni has done it again with " A Steep Price " . He writes well and his characters are so well established that you feel as if you know them personally. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the next in the series.
I choice this rating simply because the storyline captured me right from the beginning which i like and continued right till the end. Also i found it kept to the story line did not change to too mant characters which i do not enjoy. Look forward to reading more from this author.