Two Girls Down

Louisa Luna
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*Starred Review* Luna offers an outstanding neo-noir, introducing enigmatic bounty hunter Alice Vega, a perfect female incarnation of Jack Reacher. Ultimately, it is not what she tells you about herself, but what she doesn't tell you, that makes her a riveting character. A Pennsylvania small-town police chief who thinks he's in a James Patterson book dismisses her as a girl with a gun who has watched too much Buffy but soon finds out that this woman is driven by a need to make it right that he will never fathom. She teams up with disgraced former cop turned PI Max Caplan, whose consolation for a troubled life comes in the form of a brilliant and independent teenage daughter, Nell, who finds instant intrigue in Vega. Two young sisters have disappeared from a local strip-mall parking lot. With little to go on, Vega and Cap go to extraordinary lengths in a highly unorthodox way, untangling an odd assortment of complex relationships, to rescue the girls as the hourglass drains down. Vega springs to life in the hands of this immensely talented writer. This is a must-read for fans of strong female protagonists, especially Sara Gran's Claire DeWitt and Jassy Mackenzie's Jade de Jong.--Murphy, Jane Copyright 2017 Booklist

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