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Sunday, April 23, 2023

The Academy & Third Watch by Robert Dugoni

Tracy Crosswhite #.25

Driven by the disappearance of her sister, Tracy Crosswhite quits her job as a high school science teacher to join the Seattle Police Department. While most of her classmates and instructors at the academy want her to succeed, Detective Johnny Nolasco is hell-bent on keeping the boys’ club intact.

The training sessions offer plenty of opportunities for humiliation, but Tracy’s not the type to give in. Fueled by a confrontation with her in the middle of a class, Nolasco is determined to see Tracy fail. Tracy, harboring memories of the loss of her sister and the disintegration of her family, has too much at stake to let one pigheaded detective stand in her way. With so much to lose, will she make the cut in this competitive world?

43 pages, Kindle Edition
First published September 9, 2014
4/5 stars


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Tracy Crosswhite #.50

Tracy Crosswhite’s ordinary night patrolling her Seattle beat becomes front page news when she responds to a domestic disturbance call that turns into a hostage crisis.

In this prequel short story to Robert Dugoni’s #1 Kindle-bestselling novel, My Sister’s Grave, Tracy Crosswhite is a young patrol officer, paying her dues, keeping her head down, and hoping a solid record will get her promoted to detective. While years have passed since the disappearance of Tracy’s sister, the experience has made her one of the city’s most dedicated cops.

Reporter Tevia Kushman is shadowing Tracy on a ride-along seeking to follow-up on a recent (and nasty) exposĂ© about the Seattle PD’s treatment of female cops. Young and ambitious, Tevia is hoping for a juicy scoop on the gender politics of the PD, but may get a much bigger story than she bargained for…

Neither woman expects a routine-sounding call to turn into something dangerous, until Tracy walks into a domestic dispute and finds herself looking down the barrel of a shot-gun. No stranger to high-pressure situations, Tracy must draw on more than just her academy training and lightning-fast shooting skills to find a way to talk down—or take out—the volatile man holding the gun.

48 pages, Kindle Edition
First published August 16, 2015
4/5 stars

Last week I read My Sister's Grave, the first book in Robert Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite Series. Once I finish that I realized that they were to novellas that were prequels to this book. So I read them, of course. 

The Academy is about Tracy’s entrance into the police academy. I really enjoyed it, seeing her fierce determination not just to be accepted but pass to your the join the force.  Ultimately her goal is to be promoted to Homicide. It was also an introduction to Detective Johnny Nolasco, someone I met in My Sister's Grave.

Third Watch takes place 6 years later.  The blurb gives a good idea of whats going on.  And of course, a lovely scene with Nolasco finishes this novella off nicely.

 Those these books are not necessary when reading My Sister's Grave they are just another glimpse as to Tracy, her past, and how it reflects her career many years later.

Come back tomorrow for my review of  My Sister’s Grave.

Both copies obtained through Kindle Unlimited.

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