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The Trapped Girl

(Tracy Crosswhite #4)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  41,175 ratings  ·  1,885 reviews
When a woman’s body is discovered submerged in a crab pot in the chilly waters of Puget Sound, Detective Tracy Crosswhite finds herself with a tough case to untangle. Before they can identify the killer, Tracy and her colleagues on the Seattle PD’s Violent Crimes Section must figure out who the victim is. Her autopsy, however, reveals she may have gone to great lengths to ...more
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Published January 24th 2017 by Thomas & Mercer
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David I would suggest taking them in order, especially the first. There's reasonable development of Crosswhite's personal and professional through the serie…moreI would suggest taking them in order, especially the first. There's reasonable development of Crosswhite's personal and professional through the series.(less)
Martha Martin I'm about to post my review of the book. I was unable to read past chapter 2 or 3 of Dugoni's The Life of The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell and did n…moreI'm about to post my review of the book. I was unable to read past chapter 2 or 3 of Dugoni's The Life of The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell and did not care for the first half of The Eighth Sister although the last half was very good. I read my first Dugoni book because of his review of Tim Tigner's Leonardo & Gabriel. Tigner is one of my favorite authors. However, I personally think you should go back and start the Crosswhite series with book #1 and read them in order. It will help you understand the recurring main character. I wholeheartedly think you should read the book in its entirety. It has so much happening you won't be able to figure it all out until you read, as Paul Harvey would say, the rest of the story. So I agree with Janice H. Yes, yes, yes.(less)

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Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the fourth in the excellent Tracy Crosswhite series set in Seattle. This is a wonderful addition to a series that just goes from strength to strength. The teenage Kurt Schill is engaging in illegal crab fishing in the cold waters of the Puget Sound. He is shocked to discover the dead body of a woman which the crabs have fed on in one of his crab pots. This brings in Tracy and her team on this opaque and difficult case. It is hard to identify the woman given the state of the body, and it ...more
5 Stars for The Trapped Girl the 4th installment of Robert Dugong's amazing Tracy Crosswhite series!

This is my favorite book of the series to date. The mystery was interesting: A young boy goes out to do some illegal crab fishing and snags a bit of a surprise - a body! From there the story takes on quite a few different twists & turns. Just when I thought I had it figured out - something else would happen! I was glued to the book and couldn't read fast enough. This was one of those books where
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
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First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Robert Dugoni, and Thomas & Mercer for providing me with a copy of this book, which allows me to provide you with this review.

In another impressive addition to his latest series, Dugoni places Detective Tracy Crosswhite in her most confounding case to date. After a body is found in a crab pot at the bottom of Puget Sound, Crosswhite and her homicide team are called in. The victim is identified as Lynn Hoff, though there is little backstory or d
I received a copy of The Trapped Girl through NetGalley. My thanks to Thomas & Mercer and to Robert Dugoni for the opportunity.

What fuels the intensity of the flames of undying greed?

Greed.....that gnawing, self-propelled instinct in some people with the "I wanna, no matter what happens" syndrome. You'll find it here. And it leaves some deeply embeddened footprints.

An early morning jump from an illegal point of entry into Puget Sound leaves a young man with a shocking catch in his crab pot. More
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
This is my second Robert Dugoni book in a row. Previously I read In the Clearing, (Tracy Crosswhite #3), and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed The Trapped Girl far more.

The Trapped Girl is more tautly written; there is more suspense, more surprises, more of those delicious 'oh, I can't bear to put this down' moments, particularly in the second half of the book. Twists and turns in the plot were well done, and every time I thought I had it all figured out, Dugoni would throw in
Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it
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I have been a long time fan of the sassy and bad ass detective Crosswhite. This is the 4th book in the series. I would have to say this is my least favorite book out of the series.

What do you ask keeps me coming back to this particular series? The infamous Tracy Crosswhite herself. I love Tracy and her team!!! She is such a sassy, sexy, and strong detective.

This time around Tracy and her team find a woman's body in a "crab pot"... (interesting right?)..
Well.. let me tell you ladies and gents t
James Thane
The Trapped Girl is another excellent entry in Robert Dugoni's series featuring Seattle homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite. The story opens when a high school boy, illegally trapping crabs out of season, pulls up a trap and finds trapped in it the body of a young woman. Crosswhite and her unit are assigned to the case, but even identifying the victim proves difficult, especially when it turns out that the woman had undergone a series of plastic surgeries in an apparent effort to conceal her ide ...more
The e-galley of The Trapped Girl to be published January 24, 2017, was generously provided by Netgalley, Author, Robert Dugoni and publisher, Thomas & Mercer for my honest review.

The Trapped Girl, the fourth in the Tracy Crosswhite Series could easily be read as a standalone but you’d miss the subtle development of character by not starting with book one.

The environs of Seattle once again play a central piece of the pie as the body of a woman is pulled up in a crab pot in Puget Sound. Brings n
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I need to ponder a bit before rating and reviewing. [Later...OK, I'm done.]

This book is the latest in Robert Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite series, and a wonderful addition it is. I had not heard the term "crab pot" and a google image search showed some of them are huge. That was the only search I did, because Dugoni's descriptions of Mt. Rainier, Puget Sound, and other environs put me right in the scene.

Tracy and her crew are working a case involving a body in a crab pot pulled up by an unsuspecting
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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The Trapped Girl by Robert Dugoni is as much a “who is it” as it is a whodunit. Seattle detective Tracy Crosswhite is called to the scene when a teenager poaching crabs in Puget Sound comes up with an unexpected catch: a body stuffed in a crab pot. Who is the victim? Autopsy results and initial investigation queries reveal that the victim may have been on the run.

But what starts out looking like a straightforward case of marital discord gone extremely wrong proves to have more puzzles and twists
Oct 09, 2016 rated it liked it
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3.5 stars

In this 4th book in the 'Tracy Crosswhite' series, the detective investigates two mysterious deaths. The book can be read as a standalone, but familiarity with the characters is a bonus.


While indulging in a spot of illicit crabbing in Seattle's Puget Sound, teenager Kurt Schill finds a dead woman in a crab pot.

Detective Tracy Crosswhite and her team from the Seattle Police Department's Violent Crimes Section get the case.

Having been noshed on by crabs the woman is unidentifiable b
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
4.5 stars!

Another great book in the Tracy Crosswhite series! The Trapped Girl is a good title for this book because that’s exactly how I felt while reading it. I was trapped from the beginning and had to find out who the woman was that was found in the crab pot!

Tracy and the A Team, the nickname given to her detective crew are working on a case involving a dead body found in a crab pot. In the beginning of the book, the clues are few and far between with the murder case. I appreciate how Tracy a
THE TRAPPED GIRL is the fourth book in the Tracy Crosswhite series by New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni. I have read the previous books in the Tracy Crosswhite Series:
My Sister's Grave (#1)
Her Final Breath (#2)
In the Clearing (#3)

(I plan to read the 5th book in the series-Close To Home)

I have always enjoyed reading his books, and this one is no exception…again another winner!

Tracy is a detective in Seattle PD's Violent Crimes Section and she and her team are assigned to investigat
The Cats’ Mother
The Trapped Girl is the fourth book in the addictive Tracy Crosswhite series and a joy to return to when I needed to resuscitate my reading mojo, after getting bogged down with a particularly depressing dystopian thriller during this extraordinarily difficult time as we hunker down for the global pandemic.
Dugoni writes clever and gratifyingly varied mysteries and Tracy makes a delightfully human heroine.

When a young woman’s body is found concealed in a crab pot off Seattle’s coast, Tracy and her
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This is my third Robert Dugoni and I enjoyed this more than the other two. The others were decent, but not memorable. This one’s writing is a little zippier. I loved how he describes one gal as swearing like a sailor with Tourette's. And the writing and dialog continues to be sharper than before, more of a Nelson DeMille dark humor tone to it.

The premise is a dead body turning up in a crab pot in Puget Sound. The dead woman is a “ghost”, a person deliberately living off the radar.

The story alt
Sarah Joint
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fine addition to the Tracy Crosswhite series. Robert Dugoni hasn't let me down yet. I finished the book about an hour ago and it's still on my brain, working out all the twists and turns it took. Just when I thought I had it figured out as I read, it went in a completely new direction. Bravo! I look forward to our next journey with Tracy Crosswhite.

A teenager doing some illegal crab fishing has come across something very disturbing: a body caught in a crab pot. Not exactly what he expected wh
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
A young man poaching finds a woman’s body in a crab pot in the chilly waters of Puget Sound and Detective Tracy Crosswhite is asked to investigate the case. They cannot identify the woman and as they follow the leads it appears it may be a woman that faked her own death to escape an unhappy marriage. This death brings up Tracy’s own sister’s death. Now there have been contradictory clues as to who this woman may really be. Great read. I would like to thank the Publisher and Net Galley for the ch ...more
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In the endless sea of oysters stocked with "girl"-titled books, this one's a pearl. In fact, despite my vow to eschew any and all with that word in the title for at least the next three years, I couldn't wait to dive into it. So what turned the tide? Well, it was a can't-miss combination: Favorite author, favorite series, and the chance to read an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to the author and publisher for that invitation, BTW.

This is the fourth in the author's Tra
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great, captivating story.

Good exciting plot and characters. Their backgrounds clearly written, you know them well. Story is about missing Andrea Strickland, Tracy is assigned to find out what happened. She has a half a million trust fund, abusive controlling husband and she is a reader. During the investigation her girlfriend goes missing too. Many twists and squabbles between the two police departments.
Can't wait for the next book in this series, congratulations Tracy.
K.J. McGillick
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never a dull moment

Fast paced and thought provoking. If you think you have it figured out think again. Well developed plot great characters.
Cindy Burnett
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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4.5 stars

The Trapped Girl is the fourth in a series by Robert Dugoni about a detective with Seattle’s Violent Crimes Section named Tracy Crosswhite. I have not read the first three but easily picked up the story line and thoroughly enjoyed this installment. As the story opens, a teenage boy illegally crabbing pulls up his crab trap and finds a woman’s dead body. The woman was shot before she was dumped in the Puget Sound so Tracy Crosswhite’s unit is summoned and subsequently commences the proce
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This a taut, suspenseful murder mystery, set in Seattle, Washington. It is book 4 in the series, but I thought it worked ok as a stand alone. The book opens with the discovery of a woman's body in Puget Sound, by a man doing some out of season crabbing. The book switches back and forth between the police investigation and the thoughts of a missing woman at the center of this mystery. Tracy Crosswhite is the detective in charge of the case. She does not get along very well with her boss, Captain ...more
Darryl Greer
Sep 24, 2019 rated it liked it
"The Trapped Girl" is fourth in author, Robert Dugoni’s Tracy Crosswhite series. The story gets off to a cracking start when a crab fisherman stumbles upon a crab pot in the chilly waters of Puget Sound off Seattle. Trouble is, it wasn’t filled with crabs, but a woman’s body. Tracy and her colleagues at the Seattle Police Department’s Violent Crimes Section are handed the case but have a troubling start when they find it difficult to identify the victim. It appears from her autopsy that she has ...more
The Pfaeffle Journal (Diane)
I have just recently found Robert Dugoni's Tracy Whitecross series. The Trapped Girl is a great addition to the series which is shaping up to be on par with C.J. Box's Joe Pickett series.

A teenager finds a body in his illegally placed crabbing pot in Puget Sound. Identification of the women's body lead Whitecross and her Seattle homicide squad on search for the true identity of the woman, with lots of twists and turns. This is a well crafted, tightly woven plot. One of the best things about the
Poor Kurt Schill. All the kid wanted was to make a little money by setting a few crab pots in Puget Sound. After sneaking out one night to retrieve them, he thinks he may have hit the jackpot. One in particular has him struggling & when he finally gets it out of the water……is that a hand?

All together now….eeeewwww. Tracy & Kins feel the same way when they’re sent to collect the woman’s body. The autopsy provides clues that lead to her being identified as Lynn Hoff but there is surprisingly littl
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Clever and surprising, this fourth instalment in the Tracy Crosswhite series continues to keep the tension high and the reader hooked. We got to see a bit of the detective's softer side in this one and it was good to see her have some happy moments, especially as it meant that there was a lot of self reflection about the bad stuff she's been though.

The best bit for me was that Dugoni changed the format again, each book so far involving a very different style of investigation. It ensures the whol
This is the thrilling fourth novel in the Tracy Crosswhite series. Tracy is a detective in Seattle PD's Violent Crimes Section and is facing her most complex case yet when a woman's body is recovered from a crab pot in the waters of Puget Sound. Identification initially proves difficult, but some clues lead Tracy and her team to believe they have discovered Andrea Strickland, who disappeared after climbing Liberty Ridge in Mount Rainier National Park with her husband Graham, a sleazy lawyer. But ...more
L.A. Starks
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a well-plotted Seattle-set mystery, fourth in the Tracey Crosswhite series. It opens with a great crab-catching scene. Dugoni has said he wanted to write a mystery with Mount Rainier as a setting and this book delivers. He also weaves in a ripped-from-the-headlines subplot about the business of selling marijuana--a business that turns out to be surprisingly competitive.

Most of all, Dugoni creates great empathy, with just the right curl of suspicion, about the title character of the book.
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the 4th offering in the popular Tracy Crosswhite police procedural series and it is filled with twists and turns. It all begins when a teenage crab poacher’s pot snags another crab pot containing a dead body. The Seattle Police Department’s team has difficulty confirming the identity of the woman, but it seems related to a missing persons case in another jurisdiction. The detective in charge of that case is a misogynistic jerk determined to retain the case. Tracy does not let that stop h ...more
Sean Peters
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Net Galley, the publishers and the author for an ARC copy for an honest review.

The teenage Kurt Schill is engaging in illegal crab fishing in the cold waters of the Puget Sound. He is shocked to discover the dead body of a woman which the crabs have fed on in one of his crab pots.

Detective Tracy Crosswhite finds herself with a tough case to untangle. Before they can identify the killer, Tracy and her colleagues on the Seattle PD’s Violent Crimes Section must figure out who the victi
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Robert Dugoni is the critically acclaimed New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon Internationally Best-Selling Author of 20 novels in The Tracy Crosswhite police detective series set in Seattle, the David Sloane legal thriller series, and the Charles Jenkins espionage series. He is also the author of several standalone literary novels including The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell and T ...more

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