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Her Final Breath

(Tracy Crosswhite #2)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  44,889 ratings  ·  1,906 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 426 pages
Published September 15th 2015 by Thomas & Mercer
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Corinne The first book is majorly connected to the main characters backstory. You could enjoy future books without it, but you probably will spoil the first b…moreThe first book is majorly connected to the main characters backstory. You could enjoy future books without it, but you probably will spoil the first book. Highly recommended to read My Sister's Grave first.(less)

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Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Her Final Breath by Robert Dugoni is a 2015 Thomas & Mercer publication.

A superb thriller!

This second installment in the Tracy Crosswhite series gets off to a very sinister start, when someone leaves a noose hanging at the shooting range, a message specifically meant for Tracy.

Despite that, Tracy is assigned as the lead detective in a serial killer case, in which several dancers have been murdered. The killer has already been dubbed ‘The Cowboy’ because of the way he leaves his victims tied up
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-series
Her Final Breath by Robert Dugoni is the second book in the Seattle police series featuring detective Tracy Crosswhite.
I read the first book, My Sister’s Grave, a while ago and thought it was ok, a decent start to a crime series but nothing mind blowing. My expectations weren't particularly high for this one (I bought the first few books of this series on the strength of a kindle offer ‘too good to miss’ and a few favourable reviews .......... I know, I know, risky stuff!!)
However, with this se
James Thane
Clearly, Robert Dugoni suffered no sophomore slump with the second book in his series featuring Seattle homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite. Like the first, My Sister's Grave, the author hits the ground running and never looks back.

As the book opens, Crosswhite has just come back to work after dealing with the retrial of the man who killed her sister several years earlier. Once back, Crosswhite is given charge of a task force investigating a serial killer who becomes known as the Cowboy, and who
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
The key word here is danger. Who or what poses as a threat to Tracy Crosswhite, the homicide detective who is our champion in this story? I think that the murderer, called the Cowboy, is one threat. The 10 year old murder that may be linked to the current crimes is another. The info leaked to the media which discredits Tracy is another such element.

Tracy's abilities are honed by practice. She is not a superhuman. The cases in the book take their toll on her. She could be compared to Kinsey Millh
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
That knot. Yep. The one on the cover. Pretty intricate in its design as it loops in and out and around. Strange how it slips into position and draws tighter and tighter until.....

Much like the rapid details and the tangled and twisty storyline here in Her Final Breath by Robert Dugoni. Tracy Crosswhite is a homicide detective in North Seattle. This is the second book in the series with the first being My Sister's Grave. Tracy is still suffering from the everlasting trauma of her sister's murder
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-reads, 2018
4 Stars for Robert Dugoni's 2nd Tracy Crosswhite Thriller

This installment had a solid plot and the mystery keeps you guessing till the very end. I must admit I did have the killer in mind but I had it narrowed down to 2 possibilities - so it still kept me guessing until the big reveal.

I enjoy Tracy Crosswhite, she's a determined, no nonsense but very invested lead. She has a wonderful group of officers working with her and her Captain - Johnny Nolasco is definitely someone we love to hate.

Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
4.5 stars!

Great book! The plot was solid, the clues are scarce and you really have no clue who the killer is until the end. The locations in the book were in Seattle and they were on point (even Hooverville Bar!).

I enjoyed the characters. Tracy Crosswhite's captain, Johnny Nolasco was a piece of work. I enjoyed hating him in this book.

This is the second book of Robert Dugoni's that I have read. I'm enjoying his books! He writes realistic books on police procedure, the police culture, attorney la
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Tracy Crosswhite series and picks up shortly after the events of the first book, My Sister's Grave. Tracy has returned to her job as a homicide detective with the Seattle police department where she is assigned to work on a series of murders. A serial killer, dubbed "the Cowboy", is targeting exotic dancers. The victims are found in cheap motels and tied in a manner that resulted in their strangling themselves. At the opening of the story Tracy finds a noose that w ...more
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Dugoni brings Detective Tracy Crosswhite back for another adventure on the streets of Seattle. After a hiatus from the big city, Crosswhite is back with her team and ready to solve another homicide. While at the shooting range, someone leaves a noose dangling from a tree, perhaps a sign related to a case she'd been working that was mothballed by her Captain and nemesis, Johnny Nolasco. Crosswhite picks up a case of an adult dancer whose body was found in a seedy motel room, strangled with a noos ...more
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Shelves: series, fiction, crime
The Hook - Book #1 was good. Would Book #2 hold my interest?

The Line - ”He had time to kill”.
It’s all how you interpret this one, either banal or evil.

The Sinker - Could Robert Dugoni pull it off again? Would his character, Tracy Crosswhite continue to entice me? Series crime fiction is a pleasure and a curse. There’s the thrill of meeting a new crime fighter be it woman or man. In each outing you gain a better understanding of their psyche, what makes them tick. There is risk also. Perhaps th
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a pleasant surprise this turned out to be!

I had requested book 1 and book 2 of Dugoni's new police procedural series from NetGalley at about the same time. I took a chance-I mean it Robert Dugoni...they have to be good!

Unfortunately, My Sister's Grave, introducing Detective Tracy Crosswhite left me feeling a bit underwhelmed. If I hadn't already received book 2, I guarantee you I would never had requested it. Funny how things work like that...

After weeks of reading everything BUT this book,
In HER FINAL BREATH by Robert Dugoni is Book 2 in the Tracy Crosswhite detective series. Having already read book 1, My Sister’s Grave and really enjoying it, and being approved for the 3rd book in the series, In The Clearing, through NetGalley, and quickly went ahead and purchased Book 2. This is one talented author!

In HER FINAL BREATH, Homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite returns to the Seattle Police Department after the retrial of her sister’s killer. She still carries the emotional baggage
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it

I was so taken with this authors first book I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one.
I was truly not disappointed at all.

Robert Dugoni. Yes......ROBERT DUGONI......remember his name because in my humble opinion is a brilliant author I hadn't heard of before this series. author
He writes well, his technique and thought processes throughout the tale of this thriller was just 'spot on'.
The main characters in this book 2 are even more pronounced than book 1 [if that is possible].

. I am definit
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book.

Robert Dugoni books always keeps me guessing to the end. He has created very strong female character, she might be hardheaded but knows right from wrong and does her job. She has incompetent boss and lazy lawyer to deal with, good honest partner and her loving caring boyfriend is in her side ready to help her, when she needs it. Even when she didn't know she needed their help. Little slow at the beginning, stay with it and you'll be rewarded.
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I found this book to lack the intensity from the first book. Tracy Crosswhite has returned to work after catching her sister's killer and now she must deal with the case she had before she traveled home when they found her sisters body. Because the killer has struck again and it seems that they have a serial killer loose that is targeting exotic dancers.

I had a much harder time getting into the story in this book, I just felt that the case wasn't that interesting, at least not as interesting as
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Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Crime Fans
Yet another strong work of fiction from the pen of Robert Dugoni (or his keyboard). I had thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this, the Tracy Crosswhite series and was looking forward to reading this second instalment. Dugoni is ranked at #1 on Amazon for police procedurals.

This is a sophisticated crime novel that shines with detail and polish without dragging you under with the weight of it all as some crime books can tend to do. It's got a tight taut, plot, well written characters and some un
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Her Final Breath by Robert Dugoni is the second book in the Tracy Crosswhite series. It starts where the first book ends off and is a great police procedural for all mystery lovers.

Tracy Crosswhite is on a trail of a serial killer called The Cowboy who is killing strippers. He hogties them with a noose and they end up strangling themselves. On the heels of this killer Tracy is also being followed by a stalker. Tracy and her team are facing pressure from the higher ups to close the case fast whil
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Second book of a series can sometimes be a disappointment, but not this one! I enjoyed this one just as much as My Sister's Grave.

Tracy Crosswhite is a Seattle cop. I think what makes her a bit unique is that she doesn't have a lot of baggage or vices. She still feels guilty about her sister's death, though she shouldn't. She has an occasional drink, but she's not an alcoholic. She's smart and dedicated, and has a wonderful partner named Kinsington Rowe. She's at the beginning of a happy, loving
L.A. Starks
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a good series set in the Northwest--this book in Seattle--with a range of well-drawn characters. Dugoni keeps the mystery going right to the end with great pacing.

Her Final Breath is well-researched. My only beef, and it is a small one, is that bullets don't knock people backward as described in chapter 52. The physics don't operate that way. People just fall after they've been shot. (Credit: law enforcement officer Lee Lofland.)

I am looking forward to reading books #3 and #4 in the Tra
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dugoni’s 2nd offering in the Tracy Crosswhite police procedural series is excellent. There is the psychopathic serial killer nicknamed ‘the Cowboy’ because he ‘hogties’ his victims—women who make their money dancing at strip clubs. Tracy has been given the Special Task Force lead role dedicated to solving these grisly murders. Of course, she also has to deal with her self-aggrandizing boss, Captain Johnny Nolasco. Too bad she can’t arrest him for being a complete jerk! Dugoni ratchets up the ten ...more
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I was first introduced to Homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite last year when I read my sisters grave. This was a book that I had enjoyed reading and had looked forward to reading the next installment in. But like so many times before I got lost in my to be read pile and it was only when someone reminds me of the book that I decided it was time to jump back into this series.

Much like the first book a lot of time is devoted to the actual mechanisms of how a police case unfolds. It is something
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Back in Seattle, Tracy Crosswhite's investigation into the death of stripper Nicole Hansen is derailed by her boss, Johnny Nolasco, deciding it was a cold case. When additional strippers start dying in the same heinous manner, involving self-strangulation with a noose and Rophynol, Tracy is named to head the task force to find the serial killer, nicknamed Cowboy. Lots of suspects, and Nolasco is systematically undermining the investigation while Tracy finds a ten-year old case, with obvious simi ...more
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the first Tracy Crosswaite story, My Sisters Grave, so was looking forward to reading the second, Her Final Breath and am delighted to say that I liked it even more than the first read. Tracy has now returned to work in Seattle and is charged with catching a serial killer who is targeting local erotic dancers. It is one of those reads that you pick up “for half an hour or so” and the next thing you know, it is three hours later, the house is in a mess and nobody has been fed!

Linda Strong
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015

As a follower of the David Sloane series by this author, I was happy to see that Robert Dugoni had a new series available. Unfortunately, I missed the first one My Sister's Grave Thanks to Net Galley, I happened across this one and could not resist.

Tracy Crosswhite is a detective with the Seattle PD. There is some bad blood between her and her boss ( more of this in Bk 1), so it comes as a surprise when her boss places her in charge of a task force. Seattle has a serial killer. He is abducting d
Sep 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley

2 and 1/2

Copy for Review from the publisher via NetGalley.

I have to admit I'm a little disappointed. I did not enjoy this book as much as the first ("My Sister's Grave"). I kept hoping it was going to get exciting. It didn't.

Tracy Crosswhite is a strong female protagonist. She is hunting a serial killer and seems to have a stalker. Sounds interesting, isn't it?

That's why I asked for a copy.

But for some reason I couldn't get into the characters or the story. Maybe, it was too lengthy with lots of
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable follow up to My Sister's Grave. Tracy Crosswhite is back in Seattle and is soon caught up in a murder investigation that looks like a career killer. So naturally her captain (Nolasco) gives her the lead hoping she will fail.

Exotic dancers are being found dead in cheap motel rooms. They have been hogtied and have literally strangled themselves to death when their legs start to cramp and spasm. No clues, no suspects and no progress keeps Nolasco on Tracy's back. She looks into old
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, mystery
Very much enjoyed this second book in the Tracy Crosswhite series. I will definitely continue on with reading all of them.

Tracy is a great character, bold yet humble and easy to feel a friendship with. She's great at what she does, and the author does a marvelous job writing her. Her main case in this book is to find the Cowboy, a serial killer on the loose in her area. But are things as they seem? Could someone in the department be hiding something? And does someone have their eyes on Tracy? Y
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
There are some good reviews about this story, so I'm just going to give my opinion.

Really good story, though not quite as good as the first one, MY SISTER'S GRAVE. I only have one criticism - it should have been shorter. I was struggling a bit to get through it - not enough to want to abandon it, because this guy can write - and it felt like I was dragging my feet a bit until the action picked up from the 80% mark.

I do have to mention the character Nolasco...Wow, don't we all wish we DIDN'T know
Good second book in a series that I am really enjoying.
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Another remarkable novel from Robert Dugoni in his detective Tracy Crosswhite series; police procedurals set in Seattle.
Her captain, Johnny Nolasco, is the complete antithesis of her approach to crime investigation. Not only is he old school he bears a 20-year grudge from when her time at the police academy.
It suits him to set her up as the lead detective in a task force considering a serial killer of exotic dancers. These kinds of operations can be career ending as you get side-lined waiting on
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Robert Dugoni is the New York Times, #1 Amazon, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author of the Tracy Crosswhite series: My Sister's Grave, Her Last Breath, In the Clearing, The Trapped Girl and Close to Home, A Steep Price and A Cold Trail as well as the short prequels The Academy and Third Watch. The police procedural featuring Seattle Homicide Detective Tracy Crosswhite has kept Dugoni in ...more

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