Her Final Breath

Her Final Breath by Robert Dugoni

“To every man and woman who wears a uniform, carries a badge, and spends their days and nights working in the criminal justice system to keep the rest of us safe. We are often too quick to criticize and too slow to say thank you.”

Homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite has returned to the police force after the sensational retrial of her sister’s killer. Still scarred from that ordeal, Tracy is pulled into an investigation that threatens to end her career, if not her life.

A serial killer known as the Cowboy is killing young women in cheap motels in North Seattle. Even after a stalker leaves a menacing message for Crosswhite, suggesting the killer or a copycat could be targeting her personally, she is charged with bringing the murderer to justice. With clues scarce and more victims dying, Tracy realizes the key to solving the murders may lie in a decade-old homicide investigation that others, including her captain, Johnny Nolasco, would prefer to keep buried. With the Cowboy on the hunt, can Tracy find the evidence to stop him, or will she become his next victim?


Robert Dugoni’s wonderful breakout thriller, My Sister’s Grave, is the book that got me interested in criminal investigation fiction as it was a masterpiece of pure suspense. Unfortunately, the second book in the series left me feeling very underwhelmed.

I found the police case, and therefore, the plotline of this story to be less interesting or engaging than the first book. The first book just held some much more emotion as Tracy tried to avenge her sister’s murder and I could really feel the pain, this one just wasn’t as powerful.

Tracy is still a captivating and intelligent character, who I found myself rooting for along the way. But by the end of the novel, I just didn’t really care about the serial killer’s’ identity and wasn’t very surprised by the ending. However, I will read the next book and hope Dugoni can end the trilogy with a bang. 2 out of 5 Stars.

2 Purple Stars


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