A Steep Price (The Tracy Crosswhite Series Book 6) by Robert Dugoni

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Robert Dugoni is the critically acclaimed New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and #1 Amazon bestselling author of The Tracy Crosswhite Series, the 6th book of which came out in June 2018. Learn more about the author and his books, as well as ratings and reviews on the latter.

Robert Dugoni is the recipient of the Nancy Pearl Award for Fiction (2015) and a two-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association’s Literary Award (1999 and 2000). His books are sold worldwide in more than twenty-five countries and have been translated into more than two dozen languages, including French, German, Italian, and Spanish. The Crosswhite Series has sold more than 2,500,000 books worldwide, and My Sister’s Grave has been optioned for television series development.

Robert was born in Picatello, Idaho (U.S.A.), in 1961. By the seventh grade he knew he wanted to be a writer.

After majoring in communications, journalism and creative writing from Stanford Universiy, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and attended the UCLA School of Law. He practiced as a trial attorney in San Francisco for 13 years at Gordon & Rees. In 1998 he awoke one morning and made the decision to write novels, fulfilling his early wish. He thus settled in Seattle to pursue his dreams.

Robert Dugoni is the author of the bestselling David Sloane series, which includes The Jury Master, Wrongful Death, Bodily Harm, Murder One, and The Conviction; the stand-alone novels The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell, The 7th Canon, and Damage Control; and the nonfiction exposé The Cyanide Canary, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year; as well as several short stories.

He has twice been nominated for the Harper Lee Award for Legal Fiction (Murder One and My Sister’s Grave), was a 2015 and 2017 International Thriller Writer’s finalist for thriller of the year (My Sister’s Grave and In The Clearing), and a 2017 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Finalist (The Seventh Canon).

The Tracy Crosswhite Series include The My Sister’s Grave, Her Final Breath, In the Clearing, The Trapped Girl, Close to Home, and A Steep Price (Book 6), a suspense thriller, which was published in June 2018.

Let’s take a closer look now at the book story.


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.


“Packed with suspense, drama, and raw emotion…Dugoni has a firm grasp of the plot threads, and he shifts back and forth between them expertly, building suspense and keeping us on our toes. A fine entry in a solid series.” Booklist

“Fully developed characters and a fast-moving plot that builds to a shocker of an ending distinguish this crime novel.” Publishers Weekly

“Dugoni winds up both cases satisfactorily, if not very compellingly or brilliantly…” Kirkus Reviews

Praise for The Tracy Crosswhite Series and Robert Dugoni:

“Dugoni has a gift for creating compelling characters and mysteries that seem straightforward, but his stories, like an onion, have many hidden layers. He also is able to capture the spirit and atmosphere of the Pacific Northwest, making the environment come alive.” —Associated Press

“Crosswhite is a sympathetic, well-drawn protagonist, and her next adventure can’t come fast enough.” Library Journal (starred review)

“An immensely—almost compulsively—readable tale…A crackerjack mystery.” Booklist (starred review)

“Dugoni is a superb storyteller…” Boston Globe

“[Dugoni is the] master of Seattle menace.” The Big Thrill

“Dugoni does a masterful job…If you are not already reading his books, you should be!” —BookReporter

“Dugoni has become one of the best crime novelists in the business…” —RT Book Reviews

“Dugoni breathes life into the police procedural like never before. Put the Tracy Crosswhite series…on your ‘must read’ list!” Suspense Magazine

“Dugoni’s twisted tale is one of conspiracy and culpability…Richly nuanced and entirely compelling… Further amplifying such gravitas is the richly atmospheric sense of place, with Seattle’s bitter chill serving as a suitable backdrop…” —Criminal Element

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