‘Men pretty much have a triangle. Sex, drugs, money,’ she said, drawing a triangle in the air with her finger. ‘Every man who commits a criminal act does it in service to one or more of those three things…Most men, actually, do everything because of them.’
On the outskirts of San Diego, the bodies of two young women are discovered. They are Jane Does: no names, no IDs, no families looking for them. Fearing a human trafficking ring, the police and FBI ask Alice Vega to help find out who the Janes were—and find the other missing women.
Alice Vega has a mind like a steel trap. Along with her partner Cap, she will stop at nothing to find the Janes before it is too late.
Louisa Luna is writing new, smart, insightful, relevant classics of crime fiction. Vega and Cap rightfully join the pantheon of the most memorable partnerships in crime fiction.
Louisa Luna is the author of Two Girls Down (featuring Vega and Cap) as well as Brave New Girl and Crooked. She was born and raised in San Francisco and lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughter.
What starts as a straightforward, if extremely challenging, assignment figuring out who killed two barely teenage Latina Jane Does and dumped them in the San Diego, Calif., area quickly turns treacherous for PIs Alice Vega and Max Caplan in Luna's gripping sequel to 2018's Two Girls Down. Brought in by SDPD Cmdr. Roland Otero to investigate under the radar, the pair get an early break from forensic evidence that not only offers them an angle into the case but strongly suggests that the girls were being sexually trafficked. When the partners swiftly identify a prime suspect, Otero bafflingly thanks them for their efforts and asks them to stand down. Which is the last thing that pit-bull-focused Vega is about to do, plunging the now-rogue team into a perilous sprint to stay one step ahead of the ostensible good guys as they race to unravel a plot as dark and twisted as one of the tunnels the bad guys use for smuggling between Mexico and the U.S. Though the fast and furious action sometimes stretches credulity, in marked contrast to the gritty realism of the rest of the novel, this dynamic duo rates a long run.