A Cold Trail

Robert Dugoni

Thomas & Mercer

Seattle police Detective Tracy Crosswhite is on maternity leave when she returns to her hometown of Cedar Grove with her husband Dan and two-month-old daughter Daniella. The town holds painful memories for Tracy. Her sister Sarah died here at the hands of a serial killer, a man Tracy helped bring to justice. Now she wants Daniella to experience the better, friendlier side of the mountain community. Dan has legal business representing a local store owner threatened by Cedar Grove’s revitalization project. Tracy figures she’ll have nothing to do, until town police Chief Roy Calloway comes calling with a proposal.

… will leave the reader guessing to the end.

Calloway asks Tracy to look into the murder of Kimberly Armstrong, reporter wife of Cedar Grove cop Finlay Armstrong. Suspicion has fallen on Finlay as he has links to the unsolved murder of local girl Heather Johansen, found bludgeoned to death several years ago. Tracy gets clearance to investigate and discovers Heather was pregnant when she died. Kimberly found something relating to Heather’s death–had it led to Kimberly’s death? Tracy finds her search for the killer crosses the path of Dan’s case against the town authorities. As the chase turns dangerous, it looks like there’s something rotten—and lethal—in the heart of Cedar Grove. Can Tracy and Dan solve a decades-long conspiracy before the body count rises higher and threaten the lives of all those they hold dear?

Dugoni’s formidable writing talent comes to the fore again in a nerve-twisting tale set in the snowbound Pacific Northwest. A Cold Trail hosts skillfully drawn characters with complex relationships and hidden motives and will leave the reader guessing to the end.