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Title: Two Girls Down
Written by: Louisa Luna
As addictive, cinematic and binge-worthy a narrative as The Wire and The Killing, Two Girls Down introduces Louisa Luna as a thriller writer of immense talent and verve.
Jamie Brandt was not a bad mother. Later she would tell that to anyone who would listen: police, reporters, lawyers, her parents, her boyfriend, her dealer, the new bartender with the knuckle tattoos at Schultz’s, the investigator from California and their partner and her own reflection in the bathroom mirror, right before cracking her forehead on the sink’s edge and passing out from the cocktail of pain, grief and fear. When two sisters disappear from a parking lot while their mother is in Kmart, the devastated family hires bounty hunter Alice Vega to help find the girls. Immediately shut out by a local police department already stretched too thin by budget cuts and the growing meth epidemic, Vega enlists the help of a disgraced former cop, Max Caplan. Cap is a man trying to put the scandal of his past behind him and move on, but Vega needs his help, and she will not be denied. With little to go on, Vega and Cap will go to extraordinary lengths to untangle a dangerous web of lies, false leads and complex relationships to find the girls before time runs out, and they are gone forever.
‘Opening this book is like arming a bomb – the suspense is relentless and the payoff is spectacular. Lead character Alice Vega is sensational – I want to see lots more of her.’
‘Vega springs to life in the hands of this immensely talented writer … This is a must ... for fans of strong female protagonists.’
‘Sensational … One of the book’s great pleasures is seeing Caplan and Vega’s initially testy entanglement develop into a true partnership.'
The Wall Street Journal
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