A new week, a new author! Through A Steep Price, I got to meet the author, Robert Dugoni, and learn about a series that has been going for six books now!
I would like to thank the publisher as well as the lovely Rachel and Sophie for inviting me to be part of this blog tour.
Title: A Steep Price
Author: Robert Dugoni
Date of publication: 26 June 2018
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Number of pages: 380
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.
I had no idea what to expect of A Steep Price. I was intrigued by the character of Tracy, who seemed a capable police officer and I felt there was something for me in there.
I was right!
This story being the sixth in a series is in no way an issue. You are given enough background on each character that I actually found myself very curious as to why they would react this way, or what might have happened to them before. Hints and glimpses of previous events are given to make sure the protagonists show their layers. I kept wondering why Tracy would want to hide her pregnancy, although in our society, I had a pretty good idea about what the consequences might be!
I found this pregnancy being the little center of the universe of this book to be very clever and interesting as I got introduced to everyone dealing with ‘little’ things and investigations. The balance between private and professional life was strong and really helped shape the characters for me.
A Steep Price offers two different cases. A missing person, and a killing in the street related to drug dealers, enough to satisfy all kinds of readers. This mechanism of having a team working on various things was a nice way to keep me on my toes and caring about all of protagonists.
Even if the series is centered around Tracy, you really get the feeling the author created an entire world and people to live in it. I am a sucker for strong teams and secondary characters.
I will admit that I preferred the drug dealing case to the missing person (call me a monster, haha!). Once details of the missing person were given, I had a feeling I knew where it would lead and I was right. Things were a little too predictable for me, but I had my lot of surprises with the drugs so the combination of both kept me entertained throughout the book.
Overall, I am intrigued by this team and their relationships. I would recommend A Steep Price if you are looking for a good time with a police procedural accompanied by affable characters!
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