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What You Don't See

(Cass Raines #3)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  236 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Vonda Allen’s vanity magazine has taken the Windy City by storm, and now she’s on her way to building a one-woman media empire. Everybody adores her—except the people who work for her. But who’s sending her flowers with death threats?
As Vonda’s bodyguard, off-duty cop Ben Mickerson could use some backup—and no one fits the bill better than his ex-partner, Cass Raines. B
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published May 26th 2020 by Kensington
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Linda Strong
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it

Cass Raines is a former cop, now working as a private investigator. Cass' friend, off-duty cop Ben Mickerson is working as bodyguard to Vonda Allen and requests some back up from Cass.

Vonda is a very wealthy celebrity ... but not everyone likes or respects her. The people who work for her consider her a heartless diva. Then there's the person sending her flowers with attached death threats.

It's a bit hard to protect someone when the victim of a stalker won't tell her bodyguard why someone might
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Easily one of my favorite books of the year. Love the author's writing style and Cass as a character. As with any good series, this one brings back some many threads from past books--resolving some fully, edging others a bit further along--while still creating a standalone story with amazing stakes. ...more
Richard T.
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are a precious few authors – Stephen Hunter, Daniel Silva and Lee Child – whose books I eagerly look forward to each year. After reading Tracy Clark’s “What You Don’t See,” I am adding her to the list.
In Cass Raines, a former Chicago Police Officer turned private investigator, Clark has created a heroine that is the equal of any of my other favorite characters. Tough, streetwise, complicated and yet compassionate, Cass is a fully realized character with both strengths and flaws.
In her thir
Sue Em
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent P.I. mystery with a strong, smart heroine, Cass McRaines, an ex-wife Chicago police officer who is drawn into a security detail with a friend from the force. Vonda Allen, a media superstar, has requested protection from a stalker, but won't allow any investigation of the reasons behind the threats. Seeing Allen up close was like seeing the wizard behind the curtain, no longer the kind, empathetic star but closer to how the threatening letters start, "Dear Bitch." Mystery is well-define ...more
Tracy Clark's debut PI novel, Broken Places, was an award nominee. I spotted it at the time, and said fans of Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone will welcome Cass Raines. The second book in the series, Borrowed Time, went on to win the 2020 Sue Grafton Award, which was appropriate. But, What You Don't See might be Clark's best so far.

Cass Raines is an ex-Chicago cop turned private investigator. She takes cases on her own terms, and doesn't take any guff. When her ex-partner and close friend, Ben Mick
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Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I love female PI series, and Cass Raines is my new favorite. This time out she takes a security job as a favor to her former partner. A magazine editor on the cusp of getting her own talk show is receiving threatening notes and creepy flower arrangements. The problem being that Cass's client is a vile woman, a total witch. When things get personal, Cass quits - but keeps digging. Putting her in the crosshairs of her former client and the Chicago PD. Can't wait for the next book in the series. ...more
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, mystery
Oh this was sooo good! My first read by this author and I’m telling you right now, it won’t be my last.

Cass Raines is helping her ex-partner with a “stubborn” celebrity client and chile…whew! Listen when she told that lady off, I was like yes! Any ol ways, Cass just wants to help her friend out but what should be a simple security job gets truly interesting once bodies start dropping.

The pacing of What You Don’t See and the development of its story arc and characters is top tier writing. Ms. C
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I liked this mystery a lot, but what I liked best was the main character, Cass Raines. She’s a cop, who in this book is moonlighting as a bodyguard and private investigator for media magnate Vonda Allen, who has been receiving threats. She’s tough and smart and never comes across as that stereotypical “sassy female cop” some mystery writers always try to produce. Always very real, and funny. I also really enjoyed her friend and sometime partner Ben Dickerson.

The story itself is your traditional
Stanley McShane
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Cassandra (Cass) Raines is a former Chicago Police Officer now private investigator. She's joining her former partner, Ben Mickerson, in what is supposed to be an easy, but very profitable assignment. Vonda Allen made it to the top publishing her vanity magazine, but now seems to have garnered death threats.

Unfortunately, their first outing with the narcissistic publisher at a bookstore ends in a life and death struggle with Ben ending in the hospital. She failed to follow the assailant, opting
It was a pleasure being back with Cassandra Raines for the third time. This time Cass, a P.I., along with her old police partner Ben, take a job to watch over and protect a nasty and vile magazine editor. As expected, chaos ensues.

I didn’t find the story particularly tense or titillating but it was a good read nonetheless. Cass is her usual spitfire self and the rest of the characters were in good form.
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book and I’m so happy that it did not disappoint. Cass Raines, private investigator, is back and better than ever. She decides to help out her old partner with a celebrity stalking case and things quickly escalate once her former partner is attacked and ends up in the hospital fighting for his life. What You Don’t See is full of action and twists and turns that had me guessing up until the end. The way Cass handles an obnoxious client was amusing and it wa ...more
Jun 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Cass Raines was once on the Chicago police force. Now, she’s a private investigator. Her former partner, Ben Mickerson, is working off-duty as a bodyguard for a wealthy magazine owner and celebrity, Vonda Allen, and he asks Cass to be his backup. Although it’s a lucrative job, Cass is reluctant to accept, but she agrees as a favor for her friend. They both quickly learn that the threats Vonda has been receiving are deadly serious and it’s unclear as to why Vonda refuses to talk about it. It beco ...more
patrick Lorelli
For me, this is the first time I am reading this author. I will say I was taken in by this story and the different characters. Cassandra is asked by her former partner to help with her former partner in what should be an easy job. She is a private investigator now and both worked for the Chicago Police force at one time. The key here is an easy job.
Her former partner Ben Mickerson is working for a publisher named Vonda Allen. Providing protection at a book signing Ben is stabbed and Cass stays
Sheila Sobel
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cass Raines, former homicide cop turned private investigator, is not much different from the subject of her current assignment, magazine mogul Vonda Allen. Both are smart, fearless women who challenged male dominated environments and succeeded. When former partner, Detective Ben Mickerson enlists her to help provide security services for Ms. Allen, who has had her life threatened, the two women’s differences become quite clear. Ms. Allen lacks the empathy that gives Cass her strength. Therein li ...more
Shelley Kubitz Mahannah
"What You Don't See" is Clark's third outing in showing her protagonist Cass Raines to the reader. And this book continues on the same strong footing that the previous books did. Cass is drafted into doing a favor for her former partner Ben Mickerson. And what should be an "easy" security job quickly turns deadly. Clark's books continue to be her love letter to Chicago and by this time, her cast of characters feel like family to the reader. (Also noteworthy, I read this in one sitting. It was un ...more
Grace Koshida
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Chicago PI Cass Raines is coerced by her off-duty cop former partner Ben Mickerson to work with him as bodyguards for media empire star Vonda Allen. Someone is sending Vonda nasty letters and flowers but Vonda and her assistant are reluctant to go to the police or provide Cass and Ben with any possible suspects. Then two of Vonda's staff are killed by an unknown perp. Were these deaths just random muggings or shootings, or are they linked to Vonda's creepy admirer? When Ben is seriously injured ...more
Jamie Canaves
This is one of the handful of ongoing series that I keep up with because I love the character: Cass Raines, a former police officer turned P.I. in Chicago. Unlike many of the PI leads that are loners or bad at personal relationships, Raines has a nice support system, is in a new romantic relationship, and has a great relationship with her ex police partner. That’s how this mystery, her new case, starts: Ben Mickerson is working for Vonda Allen, the woman on top of a media empire, as a bodyguard ...more
Manju Soni
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
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The best thing about Tracy Clark’s What you Don’t See are her characters. Her protagonist, Cass Raines, in an ex-cop turned PI. She’s smart, diligent, exudes a quiet reassuring strength and has a wry sense of humor. She’s no one’s gopher, or fool. Her ex-cop partner, Ben, ropes her into a case to protect an arrogant magazine celebrity, Vonda Allen. Allen’s been getting death threats and Cass and Ben have their hands full when people around Vonda begin to turn up
Jill Burgin
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The blurb says this is the third in the series of Cass Raines, a kickass Chicago investigator. Normally, I’m apprehensive of not reading the previous novels, but in this case, there was no way I was putting this book aside once I started it! As a Chicagoan I love reading novels set in familiar places and I could see Cass as clear as day, going about the investigation into who is targeting a prominent celebrity publisher whom everyone knows and whose persona as a take no hostage business woman is ...more
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I honestly can’t recall ever reading this author before but maybe I have. I feel like the character of Cass has been introduced before and I feel like I missed a bit by not having read them. But as I did the book can be read as a stand alone but I do feel like having read the character before would have helped.

Now that being said I really liked the story. It kept me intrigued and wanting to read more. The suspense was most certainly there and each time I
Kathleen Gray
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Vonda Allen didn't get to where she is- a media mogul (almost) - without making enemies. That's evident from the death threats she's gotten and by what happens at a bookstore event. Cass Raines, a cop turned PI, agrees to help her former partner Ben, who is providing security but then Ben's the one who ends up in the hospital and Cass is pulled in deep to find out who's behind all this. She's a smart, savvy PI who I really like. There are great atmospherics, especially for Chicago fans (and I ad ...more
While this is the third novel in this series, this is the first one I have read. And now I can't wait to go back and read the first two! I was drawn into the story immediately and can tell that private investigator Cass Raines is going to be one of those characters I come back to time and again.

In this installment, Cass's former partner, Ben Mickerson, is working as a bodyguard for Chicago-based media mogul Vonda Allen, who is adored by the public but scorned by those who work for her. When a t
Kim G.
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third book of Cass Raines series, I loved this mystery the most. The surprisingly twisted investigation Cass had to handle was fascinating keeps you wanting to read more. I had suspected someone else as the culprit, but as I kept reading, the person became clear to me who the twisted person was. Just the steps Cass took to investigate was so exciting to read. Cass is independent and tough when she has to like to move on her terms, but she also vulnerable. Being an ex-cop showing respect and ...more
Dec 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Cass Raines, private investigator, joins the ranks with VI Warshawski and Kinsey Milhone, as excellent investigators in the genre. Here, Cass is asked by her former partner, to body guard a media mogul (think early Oprah). There are a few killings and her former partner gets stabbed. Cass navigates obstacles with former police foes and also manages to get an ally. Her technique is sharp and while she doesn’t really work well with others, she actually does. Her experience and smarts gets
Roxanne Spencer
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cass Raines is back in a case that quickly becomes personal. She joins her former partner, Ben Mickerson, as a bodyguard for a female media mogul who's receiving death threats, only to be dragged into an investigation when Ben gets attacked. Complicating matters are the reappearance of her estranged father who's moving back to Chicago with his new family, and her new relationship with Eli. Cass is a smart tough PI who will go to great lengths to protect her family. Great storytelling and charact ...more
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2020
Thank you to the author, Kensington Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This was a quick and engaging read - I love Chicago, and V.I. Warshawski was my go-to female detective from the Windy City until now, but Cass Raines is a close second. I have not read the first two books in this series, which caused a few minor story gaps, but overall these ironed themselves out as the story flowed. Classic P.I. story with a complex and likeable main character, and wonderfully se
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review.

This continues to be one of my favorite private detective series out there, and when one of her closest friends is impacted by the events in this book, the stakes are even higher for Cass to figure out who is really behind everything. The clues are laid out so carefully in this well plotted story, and while I definitely had my suspicions the way they were revealed was electric. This was another excellent series ent
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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If you are a native Chicagoan (as I am) then you should be reading Tracy Clark’s Cass Raines series, of which this is book 3. If you are not a native Chicagoan you should even more so be reading these books because Cass Raines is pure Chicago and not only will you read a terrific mystery but you will get a great flavor of a unique city. Private Investigator (and former cop) Cass Raines, along with a supporting cast of friends and not-friends, inhabit a fully realized and engaging world of hard w ...more
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
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This is the 3rd in a series. I have not read the first two books yet, but I will.
I like the first person account by a wise cracking, very bright detective. There are shadows of the 1940's Gumshoe stories, but updated to be smart and funny. There are some good solid characters here, not just flat, stock characters.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys detective series.
I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review, and I appreciate it.
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Tracy Clark, a native Chicagoan, is the author of the Cass Raines Chicago Mystery series, featuring ex-cop turned PI Cassandra Raines, Her debut, BROKEN PLACES, made Library Journal’s list of the Best Crime Fiction of 2018 and was short listed in the mystery category on the American Library Association’s 2019 Reading List. CrimeReads also named Cass Raines Best New PI of 2018. The novel was nomina ...more

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