The Janes (Alice Vega, Book 2)
The electric follow-up to Louisa Luna's acclaimed thriller Two Girls Down, featuring private investigators Alice Vega and Max Caplan.On the outskirts of San Diego, the bodies of two young women are discovered. They have no names, no IDs, and no family looking for them. Fearing the possibility of a human trafficking ring, the police and FBI reach out to Alice Vega, a private investigator known for finding the missing, for help in finding out who the Janes were--and finding the others who are missing.      Alice Vega is a powerful woman whose determination is matched only by her intellect, and, along with her partner Cap, she will stop at nothing to find the Janes before it is too late.      Louisa Luna is writing new classics of crime fiction, and her partnership of Vega and Cap is rightfully joining the pantheon of the most memorable in crime fiction.

The Janes (Alice Vega, Book 2) Details

TitleThe Janes (Alice Vega, Book 2)
Author
ReleaseJan 21st, 2020
PublisherDoubleday
Rating
GenreMystery, Thriller, Suspense

The Janes (Alice Vega, Book 2) Review

  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received!!!Thank you, Doubleday Books.You are too kind.I am BEYOND excited to be back on an investigation with Vega and Cap -- the dynamic duo!!!
  • Melanie Jo
    January 1, 1970
    I was a little nervous to read this because I didn't realize it was part of a series but this author did a great job with the writing where you don't have to read the first one. I'm definitely going to be if it's just as good as this one. This book is why I love thrillers. So suspenseful and exciting. Great book.Thank you Netgalley, the author and publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Lisa Davison
    January 1, 1970
    This second book in the series about PI Alice Vega is an intriguing mystery that deals with immigration and sex trafficking. Vega is called in by the SDPD and FBI to investigate the murders of two Latina girls with no IDs. Once again, Vega calls her colleague and friend, Cap, to help with the case. As the two of them begin to unravel the tightly woven net of drug cartels and sex traffickers, they discover that it also includes "friends in high places." Just when it seems that the case is coming This second book in the series about PI Alice Vega is an intriguing mystery that deals with immigration and sex trafficking. Vega is called in by the SDPD and FBI to investigate the murders of two Latina girls with no IDs. Once again, Vega calls her colleague and friend, Cap, to help with the case. As the two of them begin to unravel the tightly woven net of drug cartels and sex traffickers, they discover that it also includes "friends in high places." Just when it seems that the case is coming to a close, there is another layer of violence and corruption that places Vega and Cap's lives in danger more than once. While the story can seem to move too slowly and include some unnecessary dialogue, the end makes it all worthwhile. With a bit of a cliffhanger ending, this book will keep the reader waiting for the next installment.
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  • Missi Gwartney
    January 1, 1970
    Two unidentified females bodies are found dead outside San Diego and no missing persons report has been filed matching the girls description. With no leads and no extra man power, the decision is made to hire a consultant to quickly wrap up the case and move on to the next. Alice Vega, a private investigator, with a well known reputation for locating missing persons is called in. With the help of her former partner (and ex-cop) Maxwell Caplan, along with her sometimes unorthodox methods, the pai Two unidentified females bodies are found dead outside San Diego and no missing persons report has been filed matching the girls description. With no leads and no extra man power, the decision is made to hire a consultant to quickly wrap up the case and move on to the next. Alice Vega, a private investigator, with a well known reputation for locating missing persons is called in. With the help of her former partner (and ex-cop) Maxwell Caplan, along with her sometimes unorthodox methods, the pair may just find themselves in deeper than either one could have thought possible. “The Janes” by Louisa Luna is the second book in the crime fiction series of Alice Vega and will draw you in from the very first chapter wanting to know who “our girl” is. Alice Vega refuses to be intimidated and has no problem breaking rules, especially when she feels she is doing it for the right reasons. When she is brought into the current case, she quickly uncovers the possibility of more young girls who may be in danger. While she doesn’t necessarily need any help, she does like the idea of working with a previous contact Maxwell Caplan. It is clear from the start that Vega runs the show, always seems to get exactly what she wants, and has great passion for her work. She wastes no time getting started and making contact with potential leads. However, the more she seems to learn about the case, the more she realizes that this is bigger than she ever imagined. Every time one mystery is solved, another two or three seem to surface and when she is actually dismissed from the case, she learns just how “involved” this case may be. With involvement from the FBI, DEA and even the Mexican cartel, Vega must decide how far she is willing to go and how many rules she needs to break in order to save not only herself but anyone else in harm's way. Maxwell Caplan “Cap” is a disgraced former cop who previously worked with Vega on a missing persons case. He is now trying to put the past behind him when Vega calls and asks for his help again. He knows he can’t turn her down even though he lives have way across the country and is finally considering a slow-paced, more stable, and quieter lifestyle with his daughter Nell. Cap jumps on the next plane to California and before he knows it, it involved in the same tangled web of weird circumstances, misleading information and near death experiences that seem to have lead to his previous downfall. When an entire human trafficking ring is uncovered, Cap isn’t sure that he is ready for anything that may bring up past experiences or has the potential to harm Nell. However, with Vega as his partner again he feels committed to making things right and is determined to keep anymore girls from disappearing. With Vega’s determination and methodical thinking and Cap’s background and trusting nature, the two make a great pair that is so much fun to read about. It makes you wonder if there may even be more than just a working relationship developing. Luna does a fantastic job with keeping the characters real and relatable while making sure the reader is always wanting more. I found myself immediately caught up in the plot and felt as if I was right in the middle of it all. While I didn’t get a chance to read Luna’s first Alice Vega Novel “Two Girls Down”, I didn’t feel like I necessarily needed to in order to follow the story line. However, this book does have some references that I assume are from the first book and now I can’t wait to read it as well. Not to worry if you haven’t read the first one, “The Janes” isn’t scheduled to be released until January of 2020 so you have plenty of time to get caught up with Vega and Cap.
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  • Pamela
    January 1, 1970
    Will be a staff pick when it comes out in January 2020! Alice Vega and Max Caplin are a great team, with just the right amounts of intelligence, wit, humor, understanding, and sexual tension between them. Can’t wait for more in the series.
  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    #TheJanesThank you to NetGalley and Double Day Books for the opportunity to read and review The Janes.I didn't realize when I requested the book that it was part of a series, but the author does a good job of setting up the book so that you don't have to read the first one if you don't want to. I plan on going back and reading it though. I think that the mystery is well detailed and paced out where you don't lose interest. I like Alice, she is complex and gritty.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    Louisa Luna who are you dear and why haven’t we heard more about you? “The Janes” - book two in the Alice Vega thrillers - was just OUTSTANDING! It literally kept me up most of the night (on a work night) because I couldn’t put it down. This was a rocking rollercoaster full of nonstop action and a heart pounding pace. Vega and Cap are back at it again and she is kicking ass and taking names. The best thriller I’ve read in a long, long time. Bravo! 👏 Coming your way from @Doubledaybooks January 2 Louisa Luna who are you dear and why haven’t we heard more about you? “The Janes” - book two in the Alice Vega thrillers - was just OUTSTANDING! It literally kept me up most of the night (on a work night) because I couldn’t put it down. This was a rocking rollercoaster full of nonstop action and a heart pounding pace. Vega and Cap are back at it again and she is kicking ass and taking names. The best thriller I’ve read in a long, long time. Bravo! 👏 Coming your way from @Doubledaybooks January 21, 2020. You won’t want to miss this one bookies. Thank you to the author and publisher for the ARC.
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  • Judy
    January 1, 1970
    I was introduced to author Louisa Luna with her first Alice Vega/Max Caplan thriller Two Girls Down--wherein private investigator Alice Vega arrived in Pennsylvania from San Diego to help locate two girls abducted from their car, coerced former police detective Max Caplan into joining her search, and instantly became my favorite superhero.Vega is unforgettable. In The Janes she's approached by the San Diego police and the FBI to help identify two Jane Does in the country morgue, and I was introduced to author Louisa Luna with her first Alice Vega/Max Caplan thriller Two Girls Down--wherein private investigator Alice Vega arrived in Pennsylvania from San Diego to help locate two girls abducted from their car, coerced former police detective Max Caplan into joining her search, and instantly became my favorite superhero.Vega is unforgettable. In The Janes she's approached by the San Diego police and the FBI to help identify two Jane Does in the country morgue, and to discover any links to other missing girls. Again, Vega appeals to Caplan (Cap) to join her in the project. Once in California, Cap (who has the most godawful crush on Vega) finds his partner roaming the streets with oversized boltcutters! This is not, as it turns out, your average missing persons case, and as Vega and Cap dig deeper they find there are people who want to shut them up--by any means necessary.When it comes to abductions of young females, Vega won't rest. She's smart, she's intuitive and she's dangerous. She's a walking thrill ride, and you will enjoy every minute. Many thanks to Penguin Random House/Netgalley for a review copy of this novel.
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  • Yolanda
    January 1, 1970
    This. Was a good atmospheric thriller that is part of a series with a good plot and characters.Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for letting me review this book and
  • Sharon C
    January 1, 1970
    This is my second Louisa Luna novel. I also read Two Girls Down which featured the same two main characters as The Janes. The two protagonists are Max (Cap) Caplan and Alice Vega. Vega is a sort of bounty hunter/investigator who finds missing people, and Cap is an ex-cop turned investigator. In The Janes, Vega is hired as a consultant to the San Diego PD and the DEA after they discover two unidentified girls, the titular Jane Does. Vega calls on Cap for some help, and he hops the next flight out This is my second Louisa Luna novel. I also read Two Girls Down which featured the same two main characters as The Janes. The two protagonists are Max (Cap) Caplan and Alice Vega. Vega is a sort of bounty hunter/investigator who finds missing people, and Cap is an ex-cop turned investigator. In The Janes, Vega is hired as a consultant to the San Diego PD and the DEA after they discover two unidentified girls, the titular Jane Does. Vega calls on Cap for some help, and he hops the next flight out. Although this is the second book in the series, it reads just as well as a stand alone. Ms. Luna is a talented writer. She writes a tight story with mostly well-developed characters, realistic dialogue, and good pacing. However, as a long-time reader of all things mystery/suspense, I just couldn't get excited about The Janes or about Two Girls Down. I find Vega to be too much of a caricature of the hard-boiled lady detective. She not only carries a gun, but she wields bolt cutters to take down the bad guys. She seldom speaks and almost never shares what she's thinking. She's a stereotypical lone wolf. Cap is more of a regular guy. He has an ex-wife and a teenage daughter and is just an Average Joe living in Pennsylvania. His role in the novels is mostly to adore Vega and to let the reader know how incredible she is. He doesn't really do much and generally needs to be saved from the bad guys by Vega. He's mostly superfluous, but since Vega barely ever talks or shares her thoughts, he's a necessary character just to let the reader know what Vega's plans are.I'm sure many readers will enjoy The Janes, but I've had enough of Vega and Cap.Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars The Janes by Louisa Luna is the second Alice Vega Novel and since I enjoyed the first one, I was eager for this one. On the outskirts of San Diego, the bodies of two young women are discovered. They have no names, no IDs, and no family looking for them. Fearing the possibility of a human trafficking ring, the police and FBI reach out to Alice Vega, a private investigator known for finding the missing, for help in finding out who the Janes were--and finding the others who are missing. 3.5 stars The Janes by Louisa Luna is the second Alice Vega Novel and since I enjoyed the first one, I was eager for this one. On the outskirts of San Diego, the bodies of two young women are discovered. They have no names, no IDs, and no family looking for them. Fearing the possibility of a human trafficking ring, the police and FBI reach out to Alice Vega, a private investigator known for finding the missing, for help in finding out who the Janes were--and finding the others who are missing.Vega is called in when the bodies of two young Latina women are found with no identification and who have not been reported missing. When Vega is called in to help, she brings in Cap, her partner in the first book.Maybe because women are so frequently victims of abuse, we enjoy having a kick-ass female protagonist in a take charge and take-em-down role. Are these women (Liz Salander, Jane Hawk, Livia Lone, Alice Vega) realistic? Not really. They have many stereotypical qualities, but they also have personality and the gumption, determination, intelligence, and a sense of justice that I have fun identifying with in the most ridiculous way. Who are some of your favorite awesome, bad-ass female protagonists?Read in July? Blog review scheduled for Jan. 6, 2020.NetGalley/DoubledayMystery/Thriller. Jan. 21, 2020. Print length: 368 pages.
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    The Janes by author Louisa Luna is a non-stop thriller with Alice Vega as the main character. I enjoyed the first of the Alice Vega, PI series, Two Girls Down, and The Janes continues the fearless fight for justice. Alice is hired as a secret consultant by a joint task force of the San Diego Police Department and a branch of the DEA. Two young girls/teens have been found murdered and left in odd places. They appear to be victims of a sex trafficking organization. There is no identification for t The Janes by author Louisa Luna is a non-stop thriller with Alice Vega as the main character. I enjoyed the first of the Alice Vega, PI series, Two Girls Down, and The Janes continues the fearless fight for justice. Alice is hired as a secret consultant by a joint task force of the San Diego Police Department and a branch of the DEA. Two young girls/teens have been found murdered and left in odd places. They appear to be victims of a sex trafficking organization. There is no identification for the young Latino girls so they are referred to as 'The Janes' for Jane Doe. Because of the reference numbers on internal IUDs, Vega knows there are more girls in the city which are being used as sex slaves. Alice Vega calls in PI Max Caplan to help her with this case. Vega and Caplan are perfect together! I enjoy reading a strong woman character who is smart and also very brave. During some of the altercations with the bad guys, I could not help but laugh at how resourceful Vega was when she needed a weapon. Go VEGA! Poor Cap, I was very worried about him! Enough hints for you, now read the book, it is awesome!Publication Date: January 21, 2019Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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  • Susan Beamon
    January 1, 1970
    When I heard that Louisa Luna had written a second story about Alice Vega, I had to get a copy as soon as I could. I started reading it just as soon as I received it. I am very happy.I like Alice Vega. She doesn't suffer fools and she not afraid to get in their faces when they bother her. She locates missing people, most especially children. She doesn't spend a lot of time in social media or databases. She finds those she's looking for by listening and watching the people around the missin When I heard that Louisa Luna had written a second story about Alice Vega, I had to get a copy as soon as I could. I started reading it just as soon as I received it. I am very happy.I like Alice Vega. She doesn't suffer fools and she not afraid to get in their faces when they bother her. She locates missing people, most especially children. She doesn't spend a lot of time in social media or databases. She finds those she's looking for by listening and watching the people around the missing. The police have found two bodies, the Janes in the title. The only thing connecting the girls, both just teens, is a IUD. Both girls should have had no need for these devices, leading the police to suspect these girls are being trafficked. They hire Alice to find out where the girls came from and if there are any more. Alice does that in short order, only to find that is only the tip of the trouble. There are bad cops, cartel members, dealings and double dealings, blackmail and all sorts of criminal behavior.Alice has a partner, Max Caplan. He is retired police and Alice mostly uses him to block other police and as a sounding board. Other than keeping her on a mostly level path, Cap doesn't do much. These books are all Alice and I like that.
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  • Rose
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second Alice Vega novel and I was really looking forward to it because I absolutely loved Two Girls Down. I didn't have the same feeling about The Janes, and I am disappointed. I just couldn't get into this one, possibly because it seemed so complicated, and far-fetched. I love that Alice is very intuitive and can sense what is happening, but some of the storyline/plot development just didn't ring true for me. This is the story of 2 girls "The Janes" who are found dead with some dist This is the second Alice Vega novel and I was really looking forward to it because I absolutely loved Two Girls Down. I didn't have the same feeling about The Janes, and I am disappointed. I just couldn't get into this one, possibly because it seemed so complicated, and far-fetched. I love that Alice is very intuitive and can sense what is happening, but some of the storyline/plot development just didn't ring true for me. This is the story of 2 girls "The Janes" who are found dead with some distinctive marking. Alice and Cap are brought in as consultants by the San Diego Police Dept and the DEA to try and solve the murders. Alice and Cap discover a bit of troublesome dealings within these organizations, and are also blindsided by what is happening to girls who are smuggled into the US and sex trafficked. While the issues are real, I just didn't believe the storyline. I hope the next Alice Vega story holds my interest more. Thanks to Edelweiss.plus and Doubleday for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. #TheJanes #LouisaLuna #Edelweiss+ #Doubleday
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  • RMazin
    January 1, 1970
    Louisa Luna’s PI Alice Vega returns with Max Caplan in the second book of this series. The two Janes are two young girls found murdered in the desert outside of San Diego. The local police draw Vega into the case, which is an unusual move. The police generally do not contract out to private sources. But Vega is excels at finding missing persons, and the Janes identities are unknown. Soon Vega and Cap find themselves involved with immigration, sex trafficking, possibly drugs and corruption. It is Louisa Luna’s PI Alice Vega returns with Max Caplan in the second book of this series. The two Janes are two young girls found murdered in the desert outside of San Diego. The local police draw Vega into the case, which is an unusual move. The police generally do not contract out to private sources. But Vega is excels at finding missing persons, and the Janes identities are unknown. Soon Vega and Cap find themselves involved with immigration, sex trafficking, possibly drugs and corruption. It is difficult for them to discern who will help them or thwart them, and what are there motives. This is a gritty, edgy read that propels the reader into the most harrowing situations tackled by the most unusual methods by both Vega and Cap. Although the tale is bleak, the wit and developing relationship between the main characters makes one want to read their next adventure. If you like Jack Reacher and Lisbeth Salander you will want to meet Alice Vega. Highly recommended.Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing the opportunity to review this title.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Private investigators Alice Vega and Max Caplan are hired to find the identity and killers of two very young Latina women who are believed to have been victims of sex trafficking. They’ve worked together before and have forged an almost eerie connection, even as Cap tries to disguise his attraction to Vega.Vega and Cap make quick progress on the case—quicker than their employers anticipated and may have wanted. They soon learn not to trust all their higher-ups, once they are forced t Private investigators Alice Vega and Max Caplan are hired to find the identity and killers of two very young Latina women who are believed to have been victims of sex trafficking. They’ve worked together before and have forged an almost eerie connection, even as Cap tries to disguise his attraction to Vega.Vega and Cap make quick progress on the case—quicker than their employers anticipated and may have wanted. They soon learn not to trust all their higher-ups, once they are forced to escape from a hospital. (Vega tears out her own new stitches to create a distraction, which tells you all you need to know about her).Fast-paced and breathtaking, THE JANES is full or unforgettable characters and a plot with timely repercussions. #NetGalley #TheJanes
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  • Katy
    January 1, 1970
    I picked up a copy of the ARC at my public library's all staff conference. I hadn't heard of the author, but reading the jacket copy, it sounded totally up my alley. The blurb on the back described this book as a follow-up to Luna's Two Girls Down, so before jumping in to this book, I went back and requested Two Girls Down from the library. I read it quickly, and as soon as I put it down, I went to find the copy of the ARC of the The Janes to start reading next. I'm excited and eager for more Ve I picked up a copy of the ARC at my public library's all staff conference. I hadn't heard of the author, but reading the jacket copy, it sounded totally up my alley. The blurb on the back described this book as a follow-up to Luna's Two Girls Down, so before jumping in to this book, I went back and requested Two Girls Down from the library. I read it quickly, and as soon as I put it down, I went to find the copy of the ARC of the The Janes to start reading next. I'm excited and eager for more Vega and Cap, and can't wait to start reading this book.
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  • Kasia
    January 1, 1970
    I thought the first one was okay, hoped the second installment would hook me. Sadly no, I’m out. The character of Alice Vega had potential but with no development is just a cliche of the enigmatic, troubled female detective. Her thin, muscular physique is oddly fetishized, especially in a book written by a woman. There is also a chubby character whose “girth”is mentioned as making certain things difficult, also off-putting. Predictable plot, poor pacing, no character development. 👎🏼
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come!
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