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The Academy: A Short Story [Kindle Edition]

Robert Dugoni
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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.

About the Author

Robert Dugoni is the critically acclaimed and New York Times bestselling author of the David Sloane series, which consists of The Jury Master, Wrongful Death, Bodily Harm, Murder One, and The Conviction. He is also the author of the bestselling stand-alone novel Damage Control, and the coauthor, with Joseph Hilldorfer, of the nonfiction exposé The Cyanide Canary. Dugoni’s books have been likened to Scott Turow’s and Nelson DeMille’s, and he has been hailed as “the undisputed king of the legal thriller” by the Providence Journal and called the “heir to Grisham’s literary throne.” Bodily Harm and Murder One were chosen as one of the Top Five Thrillers of 2010 and 2011 respectively. Murder One was also a finalist for the 2012 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction.

Visit his website at, and follow him on Twitter at @robertdugoni and Facebook at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2356 KB
  • Print Length: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (9 Sept. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,148 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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A writer turned lawyer turned writer.
Robert Dugoni was born in Idaho and raised in Northern California the middle child of a family of ten siblings. Dugoni jokes that he didn't get much of a chance to talk, so he wrote. By the seventh grade he knew he wanted to be a writer.

Dugoni wrote his way to Stanford University, receiving writing awards along the way, and majored in communications/journalism and creative writing while working as a reporter for the Stanford Daily. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and worked briefly as a reporter in the Metro Office and the San Gabriel Valley Office of the Los Angeles Times.

Dugoni attended the UCLA law school and practiced law for 13 years in San Francisco. His longing to return to writing never wavered, however, and in 1999 he awoke one morning and made the decision to quit law and write novels. On the 4-year anniversary of his wedding day, keeping a promise to his wife, he drove a u-haul trailer across the Oregon-Washington border and settled in Seattle to pursue his dreams.

For the next three years, Dugoni worked daily in an 8 foot by 8 foot windowless office in Pioneer Square to complete three novels, winning the 1999 and 2000 Pacific Northwest Writer's Conference Literary Contests.

Dugoni's first novel, The Jury Master, followed and became a New York Times bestseller. Deadly Pleasures mystery magazine chose The Jury Master as one of three "Best of the Best" debut novels of 2006 and the Seattle Times likened Dugoni to a young John Grisham, calling The Jury Master, "A riveting tale of murder, skullduggery and treachery at the highest level."

Dugoni's second novel, Damage Control, reached number 8 on several national independent bookseller's lists. Publisher's Weekly and Library Journal called Damage Control "a page turner" with "a fast moving plot and a few twists that will surprise even seasoned thriller readers."

Wrongful Death, Dugoni's second novel featuring Dugoni's popular protagonist, David Sloan, received critical acclaim. Kirkus called it, "An entertaining thriller about a hotshot lawyer with good guys to like, villains to hiss, and windmills to attack.." And Booklist wrote, "Mixing the suspense of a Grisham legal thriller with the political angle of a Baldacci. Dugoni is knocking on the A-list thriller door."

June 2010, Dugoni released his third in the David Sloane series, Bodily Harm, which Library Journal chose as one of the top five thrillers of 2010. The Providence Rhode Island Journal wrote that Bodily Harm branded Dugoni as "The undisputed king of the Legal Thriller."

Dugoni's fourth in the series, Murder One, was released June 2011 and hailed as a cross between Presumed Innocent and Basic Instinct. Publisher's Weekly called it "the best yet in the series" and Library Journal again chose it as one of the top five thrillers of 2011. The Miami Examiner wrote, "Dugoni should be cloned." It was a finalist for the prestigious Harper Lee Award given by the University of Alabama School of Law and American Bar Association.

The Conviction, the fifth in the David Sloane series will be released June 2012 and again hailed. The Associated Press wrote, "The names John Grisham and Scott Turow are mentioned when discussing the legal thriller genre. Robert Dugoni is as good, if not better." TheProvidence Rhode Island Journal agreed. "The Conviction isn't just the best legal thriller of the year, it's one of the best thrillers period."

Dugoni's first in the Tracy Crosswhite series will be released November 1, 2014 by Thomas and Mercer. Crosswhite, Seattle's First Female Homicide detective is on a twenty-year quest to find out who abducted and murdered her younger sister. The answer will shock her, and open horrifying new dangers. Look for the prequel, The Academy, also to be released by Thomas and Mercer this September.

For more on Robert Dugoni and his novels, visit his website at

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3.0 out of 5 stars The academy 19 Sept. 2014
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I thought the book was just getting started, then it finished. Well written and easy to get into maybe authors next book follows on
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great short story 5 Dec. 2014
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Only never gave a 5 because I could have read on, is there a part 2? Loved the storyline, very interesting
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 15 Oct. 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Prequel 10 Sept. 2014
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What would motivate a high school chemistry teacher to become a homicide detective?

The Academy, an exciting prequel to Robert Dugoni's book, My Sister's Grave, answers that question. My Sister's Grave is a new series featuring Tracy Crosswhite, due to be released November 1; but first, in The Academy, Tracy must overcome the obstacles placed in her path to become a police officer.

Robert Dugoni has created a strong and intelligent female protagonist I hope to see more of in the future.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Backstory on Dugoni's new Heroine 14 Sept. 2014
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I almost stopped reading after the first line, which included language that women (and hopefully, men) will find offensive. I was surprised, as this type of language is not typical of a Robert Dugoni book. But I kept reading and soon discovered the context for the language -- Johnny Nolasco, a crude detective who readers and characters in the book will love to see taken down a peg or two. Or ten.

An interesting introduction to Tracy Crosswhite; am looking forward to the new series. This prequel takes less than an hour to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Thought-Provoking Prequel 14 Sept. 2014
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An excellent bit of backstory for those of us who can't wait to read MY SISTER'S GRAVE, but also just fine as a self-contained examination of the prejudices and difficulties faced by women in male-dominated professions. I look forward to spending more time with Tracy Crosswhite, a protagonist I can root for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One arrogant guy in the mix 15 Sept. 2014
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Two of the women in the police academy have to deal with one arrogant guy,which adds to the story. It is interesting to learn some of the requirements to pass the academy. Yes, I really liked this short story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend it, especially if you are planning to read ... 26 Sept. 2014
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Dugoni has done it again, this time in a brief prequel to his soon to appear "My Sister's Grave." I have been a fan of his legal thrillers since his first one hit the shelves. A young woman has disappeared, and her older sister has tried ever since to locate her missing sibling. The lack of success in her search leads her to apply for entry into the Police Academy which serves all the police and sheriff's departments in the Seattle region. To become a police officer remains an uphill challenge for women, but her determination and hard work results in her graduation at the top of her class, which does not meet the personal approval of one detective/instructor. During this class of Academy, she works out physically and studies collaboratively with a small group of recruits, including a less confident younger woman, Both women make it through the Academy. Along the way she faces down a sexist detective. who takes inappropriate actions with both women; and eventually regrets it. "The Academy" is a fast read, but the lack of size doesn't mean the Dugoni flavor and style is missing. I recommend it, especially if you are planning to read "My Sister's Grave."
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