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Third Watch: A Tracy Crosswhite Short Story by Robert Dugoni

Reviewed by Allen Hott

A short but very interesting one by Dugoni about Tracy Crosswhite, whom Dugoni has written about previously. She is a police officer in Belltown a suburb of Seattle and has been doing a very good job. On this particular night she had spent some time being interviewed by a local newspaper reporter who was doing an article not only about women police officers but those who worked Third Shift.

Tracy worked it because she liked the overall peace and quiet on the latest shift of the day for police officers. And she felt like she was doing a job that needed to be done….policing the streets not only late at night but into the morning hours.

However on this night it became more than just a normal policing of the streets. Tracy got a call to follow up on a call made to the police about a loud argument and what sounded like a major disturbance. On arriving at the scene she finds a woman who had called in and who then told Tracy that a man, woman, and two small girls were in an apartment where the argument was going on. She was fearful for the woman and the girls.

From there the story gets very into the happenings at the scene when Tracy hears where the apartment is located. She heads for that spot after telling the reporter who was accompanying her to stay in the vehicle.

Tracy finds the door to the apartment is partially open but probably because it is also partially broken. On peering into the apartment she spots a man with a shotgun who speaks out in a heavy accent telling her not to come in and no one is to leave.

From there the short story builds its way to a very positive climax as Tracy goes about her business in such a perfect manner that later on she is rewarded by the police department.

The good part of the story is exactly what and how she does what she manages to do. A very good read and surely building up to more and more stories about Tracy Crosswhite. Dugoni’s stories are always very interesting and command the reader’s attention and looking for the next one!

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