Whenever I finish a good book, I like to read the author’s acknowledgements, particularly when they speak about what led them to write that particular book. I am going to quote from Robert Dugoni’s acknowledgements at the end of Close to Home because he has something very relevant to say, and I learned a lot about the Heroin problem. Let’s just say he blew a few of my ill conceived notions out of the water.
‘In the year prior to writing Close to Home, I read of multiple students at a local high school dying of Heroin overdoses. The loss of a young person is always tragic. The loss of that person, often after years of the torment Heroin wreaks on the entire family, is shocking. As I researched this topic, I was surprised and dismayed at the long-term and long-range ramifications of the legalization of Marijuana. I had no idea that the loss of Marijuana income had led to the Mexican, South American, and Chinese drug cartels plowing under their Marijuana fields to plant poppies and to flood the market with cheap and affordable Heroin. This came at an unfortunate time when so many people had become addicted to prescription opioids.’
EXTRACT: ‘”Why did you ask if your son was dead, Mrs Welch?”…..She shrugged, then sighed. She looked to be fighting tears. “I’ve been expecting a call or knock on my door for some time.” “What’s he addicted to?” “Heroin, for about a year now. I can’t control him. I ‘ve considered kicking him out, but. ..he’smy son……….Can you arrest him? Put him in jail? Maybe he can get some help. I don’t know what else to do. Every time the phone rings, or there’s a knock on the door. …I expect it to be someone coming to tell me my son is dead.”
THE BLURB: New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni’s acclaimed series continues as Tracy Crosswhite is thrown headlong into the path of a killer conspiracy.
While investigating the hit-and-run death of a young boy, Seattle homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite makes a startling discovery: the suspect is an active-duty serviceman at a local naval base. After a key piece of case evidence goes missing, he is cleared of charges in a military court. But Tracy knows she can’t turn her back on this kind of injustice.
When she uncovers the driver’s ties to a rash of recent heroin overdoses in the city, she realizes that this isn’t just a case of the military protecting its own. It runs much deeper than that, and the accused wasn’t acting alone. For Tracy, it’s all hitting very close to home.
As Tracy moves closer to uncovering the truth behind this insidious conspiracy, she’s putting herself in harm’s way. And the only people she can rely on to make it out alive might be those she can no longer trust.
MY COMMENTS: I have to say that I usually avoid books about drug addiction and drug usage. I just don’t like them, especially the ones who promote it as something glamorous. I certainly can’t accuse Robert Dugoni of doing that! Added to that, I have read and enjoyed the earlier books in his Tracy Crosswhite series, so I wasn’t about to miss out on this one. I had a bit of a slow start with Close to Home, dipping my toes in cautiously, but I was soon firmly entrenched in the story.
Dugoni’s writing puts you firmly in the center of the action. I found myself battling alongside Tracy, trying to make sense of what was happening. I was way off with my suspicions! Dugoni gets the balance between his characters work and private lives exactly right.
So if you are looking for a gripping crime-thriller/ police procedural, I can heartily recommend Robert Dugoni’s Tracy Crosswhite series. But I do recommend you start with the first to get the most out of the series. And if, like me, you are a fan of the series, you won’t be disappointed with Close to Home, #5.
Thank you to Thomas and Mercer via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of Close to Home for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page for an explanation of my ratings. This review is also published on my Goodreads.com page