Two Girls Down (Paperback)
I'm always looking for a new mystery series and Luna has started one that I like a lot. Her first one, Two Girls Down, takes place in a small town in Pennsylvania. Two sisters have disappeared from a strip mall, and their family gets the runaround from the stressed-out police department. They hire bounty hunter turned private cop Alice Vega, an unorthodox, tough gal from California who has a reputation for finding the missing. She, in turn, hires locally disgraced cop Max Caplan to help her. They are a good team (if oddly matched) and get the job done. The second in the series, The Janes, is just out, and this time the FBI reluctantly ask for Alice Vega's help with identifying two women who are found dead along the border. Human trafficking is suspected and perhaps some inside help from the police. Vega and Caplan team up and go for it. I like that the themes are very contemporary, but the best parts are the backstories for both protagonists. Vega is close-mouthed and unapproachable, and Caplan has this great relationship with his teenage daughter. I'm looking forward to the next in the series, as more will be revealed, I'm sure.— Edie
January 2018 Indie Next List
“At last, a book with girl in the title that is about actual girls. Kylie and Bailey, ages 8 and 10, disappear from a strip mall. Their mother is frantic and the police are making no progress. When the family hires Alice Vega, an out-of-state bounty hunter, to find the girls, she teams up with Max Caplan, a former cop turned private investigator, and they combine their skills to try to find the missing girls before it is too late. A suspenseful and all-too-real scenario that will drive readers to finish the story before doing anything else.”
— Sharon K. Nagel, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI
"The thing i like to read the most are mysteries/thrillers and this is one of THE BEST I HAVE EVER READ." --Samantha Irby, New York Times bestselling author of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life
"I'm always looking for a good thriller, and this just was perfect."--Nancy Pearl, NPR's Morning Edition
“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.” --Lee Child
"Sensational." --Wall Street Journal
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.
When two young sisters disappear from a strip mall parking lot in a small Pennsylvania town, their devastated family hires Alice Vega, an enigmatic bounty hunter from California, to do what the authorities cannot. Immediately shut out by a local police department already stretched thin by budget cuts and the growing OxyContin and meth epidemics, Vega enlists the help of a disgraced former cop, Max Caplan, to cut through the local politics.
Vega and Cap will go to extraordinary lengths to untangle a complex web of lies, false leads, and dangerous relationships to locate the girls before time runs out. Two Girls Down is intense, suspenseful, and boldly atmospheric from the first line to its riveting conclusion.
About the Author
Louisa Luna is the author of the novels Brave New Girl, Crooked, and Serious As A Heart Attack. She was born and raised in the city of San Francisco and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.
"Sensational...One of the book’s great pleasures is seeing Caplan and Vega’s initially testy entanglement develop into a true partnership. But there are many other aspects in Ms. Luna’s story to savor as well: a host of sharply sketched characters, from spaced-out dopers to distraught parents and grandparents; action sequences startling in their sudden violence; and quick psychological revelations that pierce the heart."
--Wall Street Journal
“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.”
--Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Midnight Line
"A real nail-biter...The brisk plot combines psychological suspense with solid action, while providing a realistic look at a family under siege, as it builds to a shocking finale."
--Publishers Weekly (starred)
"An outstanding neo-noir, introducing enigmatic bounty hunter Alive Vega, a perfect female incarnation of Jack Reacher...Vega springs to life in the hands of this immensely talented writer...This is a must-read for fans of strong female protagonists"
“Ripe for optioning…a winter title to watch.”
"From its haunting opening to the pulse-pounding final sequences, Two Girls Down delivers a gripping read. Alice Vega and Max Caplan are characters I'd follow anywhere, and Louisa Luna is a writer to watch. Highly recommended."
--Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Wish Me Dead
“This is such a terrific read. High stakes, relationship-driven, perfectly paced. Two Girls Down has something else worth noting: three dimensional female characters. Alice Vega could give Jack Reacher a run for his money. Maybe Louisa Luna should write all the thrillers.”
--Chelsea Cain, New York Times bestselling author of Heartsick
“Louisa Luna is an incredibly talented writer with a bewitching gift for storytelling, and Two Girls Down fairly crackles with energy and suspense from the first page to the last. I can't ever recall a time before now that I lost sleep as a result of reading a crime thriller. This one, I just could not put down.”
--Donald Ray Pollock, author of The Devil All the Time & The Heavenly Table
"To the pantheon of unforgettable noir detectives, add Louisa Luna's bounty hunter Alice Vega and her partner, PI Max Caplan, one of the best and most original duos to grace crime fiction in many years. Two Girls Down is a breathlessly gripping journey into the dark heart of America: I couldn't put it down."
—Elizabeth Hand, author of Generation Loss and Hard Light
“Louisa Luna has written a knockout, read-it-in-one-sitting novel with Two Girls Down. Gripping, emotional, and tautly written, with a wonderful cast of memorable characters.”
—Jeff Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of Adrenaline