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Quitting her job as a high school science teacher to join the Seattle Police Department was an easy decision for Tracy Crosswhite. Years earlier, what should have been one of the happiest days of her life instead became her worst nightmare when her younger sister, Sarah, disappeared. After the murder trial, while her family disintegrated, Tracy turned her heartbreak and her lingering questions into a passion for justice.
But people don't just become world-class detectives. If Tracy wants to uncover the truth about what happened to her sister, first she must be forged in the fires of the Police Academy, where not everyone wants her to succeed.
©2014 Robert Dugoni (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Charles Atkinson on 04-06-2016

Nice Short Prequel to a Blockbuster Series

I am presuming you have read at least the first two Crosswhite novels. If nothing else, this reveals the beginning of the rivalry between Crosswhite and her commanding officer. I have finished the first three novels of this series and rated each of them with 5 stars. I just finished Her Final Breath for the second time.

Should you buy this short story? It is good, but certainly not neccessary. I bought it because I love the series.

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1 out of 5 stars
By TP on 10-10-2016

As a female cop I found the book offensive.

What would have made The Academy better?

A training scenario that was more likely to happen and a reasonable response by the academy administration.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not a cop book.

Which character – as performed by Emily Sutton-Smith – was your favorite?

Tracy Crosswhite

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I like the main character and the descriptions and behavior of the cadets.

Any additional comments?

I have read another book in the Tracy Crosswhite series and enjoyed it very much. I intend to read additional books in the series. This short story, however, suggests a highly unlikely training scenario. Surely no professional law enforcement officer or trainer was consulted before this book was published. I actually went back to check the date that this book was published. 2014! Not only is it unlikely that the behavior would take place, but there is no freaking way that the behavior of the trainer as described in the book would go unpunished. I spent 30 years in law enforcement and was one of the first females hired by my agency. I have been a certified law enforcement trainer for over 20 years. I am not usually critical of cop stories with flaws in police procedure but I do admire accuracy and when an author has obviously researched a topic. While I like the way that the cadets were portrayed in the book and the way that the female cadets handled the training scenario that I find so offensive, if this had been my introduction to the author's work I would never read another of his books.

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5 out of 5 stars
By TubbyTabby on 12-01-2018

Bite sized goodness

Just long enough to enjoy, and Nolasco getting his comeuppance was a welcome read/listen. It's a shame it happened at a time when sexual harassment/assault was part of a woman's daily life, and Jen would have a long wait for justice without Tracey 😎

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5 out of 5 stars
By B B on 29-09-2017


As all Robert Dugoni books are, i can,t put them.

Narrator was just the right one for this book.

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