The Last Line is a short story that apparently pre-dates Robert Dugoni’s Tracy Crosswhite series and leaves me wanting much, much more!
Disclosure: I received a complimentary e-book copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own unless otherwise noted.
His old life in the rearview, Del Castigliano has left Wisconsin to work homicide for the Seattle PD. Breaking him in is veteran detective Moss Gunderson, and he’s handing Del a big catch: the bodies of two unidentified men fished from Lake Union. It’s a major opportunity for the new detective, and Del runs with it, chasing every lead—to every dead end. Despite the help of another section rookie, Vic Fazzio, Del is going nowhere fast. Until one shotgun theory looks to be dead right: the victims are casualties of a drug smuggling operation. But critical information is missing—or purposely hidden. It’s forcing Del into a crisis of character and duty that not even the people he trusts can help him resolve.
I was informed that The Last Line was a short story and man, was that the truth! It was short, sweet, to the point, but left me wanting so much more!
Fortunately, according to the author, The Last Line is a “standalone story that predates Tracy [from the Tracy Crosswhite series] arriving at Seattle PD”. It sounds like the Tracy Crosswhite series books 9 and maybe 10, will have more Del, who we meet in The Last Line.
This is the first I have read Robert Dugoni, and while it was a short story, it definitely held the aspects of a mystery that I enjoy the most and can see it being quite a thrill if it were a full story. I will definitely be seeking out the Tracy Crosswhite series to read more mystery written by this author, and to hopefully find out more about the characters I was just introduced to!
The Last Line gives more mystery than what meets the eye and has us leading into corruption.
If you are looking for a quick read – short, attention grabbing, and mysterious – or wanting to check out a new author, The Last Line is definitely one to check out.
About the Author
Robert Dugoni is the critically acclaimed New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Amazon Charts bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite series, which has sold more than seven million books worldwide. He is also the author of the bestselling Charles Jenkins series; the bestselling David Sloane series; the stand-alone novels The 7th Canon, Damage Control, The World Played Chess, and The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell, Suspense Magazine’s 2018 Book of the Year, for which Dugoni won an AudioFile Earphones Award for narration; and the nonfiction exposé The Cyanide Canary, a Washington Post best book of the year. He is the recipient of the Nancy Pearl Book Award for fiction and a three-time winner of the Friends of Mystery Spotted Owl Award for best novel set in the Pacific Northwest. He is a two-time finalist for the Thriller Awards and the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, as well as a finalist for the Silver Falchion Award for mystery and the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Awards. His books are sold in more than twenty-five countries and have been translated into more than two dozen languages.