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The Janes

‘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.


Booklist: Top 10 Crime Fiction: 2020   
CrimeReads (op ed)   

Louisa Luna
About the Author

Louisa Luna is the author of Two Girls Down and The Janes (both 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.

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The Janes has everything—a plot ripped from the headlines and darkly twisted, explosive action, original characters, a dash of humor, and memorable settings. The story grabs the reader like a steel band of cold tension tightening with each new development. Investigators Alice Vega and Max Caplan deserve a long career with many more cases ahead.’

The Janes is a timely, gripping thriller with an ending that will leave you utterly satisfied but wanting more of Alice Vega. Get to know her now, because she and her partner, Max Caplan, will be around for the long haul.’

‘Packed with thrills and heartache, The Janes kept me up way past my bedtime to see what rule-bending, jaw-breaking, no-fools-suffering P.I. Alice Vega would do next in her relentless pursuit of justice for the victims of a border sex trafficking ring. An absolutely rip-roaring read from a fantastic talent.’

‘Luna’s gripping sequel to 2018’s Two Girls Down…a plot as dark and twisted as one of the tunnels used for smuggling between Mexico and the U.S…This dynamic duo has a long run.’

‘An intricately plotted, adrenaline-fueled conspiracy thriller…Luna’s latest entertains while subverting gender stereotypes and confronting the politics of immigration.’

‘Fiery, clever and compulsively readable. This is a story that holds a knife to your throat and doesn’t flinch.’

The Janes is a page-turning thriller, the prose is tight, the characters taut and Luna has more than set up a crime busting pair who have a bright future in the business.’

‘A gritty, pacy novel with a relentless and engaging central character and a strong social consciousness at its core.‘

‘An utterly compelling protagonist, PI Alice Vega investigates the murder of two Latina Jane Does and, after absorbing beatings and a stabbing, emerges triumphant in a stirring Shakespearean ending, standing strong on a stage littered with subdued villains.’

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  • The Janes
    ISBN: 9781925923100
    4 February 2020
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