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The Janes

(Alice Vega #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  2,200 ratings  ·  497 reviews
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 privat
Hardcover, 353 pages
Published January 21st 2020 by Doubleday
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OMG! One of my favorite controversial, entertaining, smart couple is back! I’m not making my happy dance for celebration! I already hired Shakira and JLo perform for me before their Super Bowl Halftime show! I’m just clapping my hands and sipping my Chablis.

Yes, they are really back! I’m talking about one of the unique investigators Alice Vega, positions herself in the handstand every morning to think more clearly, doesn’t bother to get stoned during her interrogation, kicking asses of the dange
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars

Alice Vega and her partner, Max "Cap” Caplan, are back (so is the Bastard, btw)! I LOVED the first book in this series Two Girls Down and was so excited to see what Louisa Luna had up her sleeve next for this duo.

The police and FBI reach out to Alice Vega when two bodies of teenage girls are discovered outside of San Diego. The young women are believed to be the victims of a sex trafficking ring. Alice Vega, a private investigator, is known for finding missing people and she is asked to
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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**3.5-stars rounded up**

After the conclusion to the missing Brandt girls case (see Two Girls Down), Alice Vega, reputable 'people-finder', returns home to California, leaving Max Caplan behind.

They both return to their regular lives, Alice being Alice, certifiable badass, and Cap being the lovable, often bumbling, father to teenage daughter, Nell.

Soon enough however, a new case falls in Alice's lap and it's no surprise, she calls on dear ole' Caplan to help her out.

This time, he joins her on the
This is book 2 of the Alice Vega series.

The bodies of two young girls have just been discovered. The police are quick to realize their deaths are most likely related. One of the girls is holding a small piece of paper with Alice Vega’s name scribbled on it.

Alice is a no-holds-barred private investigator that knows no boundaries! She will do whatever it takes to solve a crime. Occasionally, Alice works alongside or at odds with the local law enforcement. Doesn’t matter either way to her. But wh
Diane S ☔
3.5 Two young girls bodies are found. The police call in the kick ass Alive Vega to help identify the killers. She, of course, calls in Cap, who assisted her in the first of series. In that one there was definitely an attraction developing between the two and I enjoyed watching them become even closer.

These are both great, well! developed characters, and a well developed plot. Of course, as in many of these type of stories some belief needs to be suspended in certain sections. The first half of
3.5 stars
Vega and Cap are back! Two unidentified Latina teenage girls are found dead, the nameless “Janes” that no one seems to be looking for. However, there is a piece of evidence that links them , which also suggests that they are part of a sex trafficking ring, and more girls are in danger. A race is on to solve the case and find the other girls before they too are found dead, dumped like trash on the side of the road.

PI Jane Vega is called in to help with the case and she once again teams u
Susanne  Strong
3 Stars

Vega and Cap are back! This time to help uncover a sex trafficking ring.

Vega, a PI, is brought onto the case as a consultant by the SDPD, when two girls are found dead. Needing a partner, she brings on Cap. Ther investigation into the girls’ murders takes on a very dangerous turn for both, yet that doesn’t stop them from doing what they know is right. Not when it’s clear that other’s lives are on the line and every second counts.

“The Janes” is a follow up to Louisa Luna’s “Two Girls Do
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Two Girls Down grabbed me from the beginning so I was excited to see Luna’s second in the series. Alice Vega seems a little calmer this go around. And Cap is just happy to have a chance to work with her again.

Alice is brought in to help the police after two unidentified dead girls are found. It would appear they’re the victims of a human trafficking ring. It’s also possible the women were undocumented.

Alice is not the warm cuddly type. In fact, she’s a real hard a**. Even though she’s been hir
3.5 stars

Alice Vega (Vega) and Max Caplan (Cap) are brought together again in the second installment of the Alice Vega book series. The two are assigned to a case as private investigators, who become involved in searching for the killers of these two girls, labeled The Janes.

Tragically, no one seems to care that these young teenagers ever lived. They are throwaway girls having no identification. Will they become just two other nameless bodies in a morgue destined to be buried in a grave without
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
OMG! I cannot even tell you how much I loved this!!
Even though I have never read about Vega and Cap before, I can honestly say that I am addicted. So much so that I have already purchased the first book so I can get to know them from the beginning.

This is the first time I’ve read this author and I absolutely love the characters that she has created. Vega and Cap are two opposites that know how to work together and do their work a wee bit, okay, pretty far outside of legal param
Lori Lamothe
Alice Vega is a smart, tough, no-nonsense PI called in to investigate the death of two young Jane Does found outside San Diego. The Janes have no ID and nothing to help identify them, but one of the dead girls does hold something of interest. In her small hand is a crumpled piece of paper with a name scrawled across it: Alice Vega. The DEA isn't sure about Vega or her ex-cop partner Max “Cap” Caplan, but they like the idea that Alice has a reputation for getting things done. Ten grand in cash to ...more
The bodies of two young girls are found in San Diego and police officials cannot even determine their identities. They decide to approach the case as missing persons and reach out to Alice Vega, the private investigator renowned for her skills in finding people. Vega decides she needs a partner to help and reaches out to former detective Max (Cap) Caplan. They worked together on her last big case in Pennsylvania and neither was quite done with each other. As with their last case, what began as o ...more
"All they were missing were open-plain twangs and cowboy hats to tip in her direction. You sit tight now, little lady."

This ain't no little lady. Hardly that. It's Alice Vega come callin'. And she's means business once again in The Janes.

Vega gets a call from the FBI. Rolando Otero to be exact. She's not necessarily onboard with the way this case has been set up. Cash under the table. A sizable amount since Vega has a reputation of finding the unfindable. Vega insists on bringing in her partner,
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Opening Hook: Vega's Bat-signal
Main Character: Doing underwear yoga
Plot Twisty-ness: Bringing that 2020 vibe

I loved Louisa Luna’s first book Two Girls Down with a fiery passion that tingled my loins. Ew, don’t say loins.

But for real, I loved that book. It was one of my top five reads of 2018. So I was totally on board for a sequel because Alice Vega is one of the most bomb-ass female characters in crime fiction right now. That’s not an exaggeration. I love her aloof, sero
Mar 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the many joys of reading extensively is discovering new authors. Louisa Luna’s first book “Two Girls Down” was a gritty, fast-paced, and suspenseful read with a strong (and enigmatic) female protagonist. I was thrilled to discover that Luna has written another book about Alice Vega and the disgraced former cop, Max Caplan, she works with. “The Janes” was just as suspenseful and well written as “Two Girls Down” and Vega and Caplan continue to be well-developed and intriguing characters. I ...more
sXe Punk Girl
Mar 22, 2020 rated it liked it
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Solid 🌟🌟🌟 stars.
Oct 14, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Cap watched Vega carefully. He knew what her questions would be before she asked them, but she still managed to make them seem fresh, innocent, curious. She pulled every last bit of information from Sarita Guerra like she was winding the string on a kite, drawing it in for a tight, safe landing.”

The Janes is the second book in the Alice Vega series by American author, Louisa Luna. The two “Jane Does” were Latinas, probably illegals, with the same killer, and a piece of evidence indicates there
Karen R
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alice and Cap are back, working together to solve another crime after making Cap an offer he couldn’t refuse. These two convincing and committed characters have a great rapport. Beautiful, tough-talking Vera is kick-ass, always seems to be one step ahead and can run circles around any tough guy. Cap is ethical, thorough and steady; someone who is dependable and will always cover your back. He also appears to have a bit of a crush on Alice. Never a dull moment, the story engaged me from beginning ...more
Don’t start this book unless you have a free day ahead of you, because once you start reading, you won’t want to put it down! It’s exciting from start to finish.

Private investigators Alice Vega and Max Caplan team up once again to help with an FBI investigation. Almost immediately they uncover some serious clues into the deaths of two young girls. Then, inexplicably, they are told to cease their investigation, which only makes them more determined to see it through.

This story was one wild ride t
If there is one character that I really love it is Alice Vega. So it goes without saying that I was very excited for another book with her in it, and I ended up really enjoying The Janes!

I found it to be a pretty slow burn and since it was on the slower side it took me longer to read it, but it was so worth it. Vega is just such a badass and I loved watching her work her magic in this book. I also really enjoy Cap as a character, plus it helps that he adds some comedic relief! It took me a bit t
Arpita (world of a book enthusiast)
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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The Police and FBI approach Alica Vega, a private investigator who has the reputation to find the missing when they discover the bodies of two teenage girls in the outskirts of San Diego. These found bodies have no names, no known IDs, and nobody looking for them. there is a possibility of a human trafficking ring.

This was my first Louisa Luna book. I am impressed by her style of writing. This was an amazing, captivating and engaging book. The characters are well established and the author has
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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Wow! This book was one heck of a roller coaster ride! I was really excited to start reading this book after thoroughly enjoying the first book in the series, Two Girls Down. This book ended up being just as exciting as the first, if not more. It took me a bit to get into the story but once I did, I didn't want to put the book down. This was a really wonderful read.

Alice Vega is a private investigator and is known for solving some har
Jamie Rosenblit
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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2.5 stars - which absolutely pains me to do as this was one of my most anticipated books for 2020 - I was counting down the days.

Having absolutely loved Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna previously, I was incredibly excited for the return of Alice Vega and Max. Unfortunately, this one just did not do it for me. The story was too long and the case itself lacked the excitement I found in the first case. I'll chalk this one up to a one off and check out Book 3 in the future, but this one just fell flat
Amy Imogene Reads
4.5 stars

This author really knows how to combine all of the good stuff. Dead bodies, pulse-pounding timelines, surprises, twists, and deadly turns all merge to create The Janes.

Writing: ★★★
Plot/Pacing: ★★★★★
Surprises: ★★★★
Enjoyment: ★★★★★

Alice Vega and Max Caplan are back, and this time it's more than a kidnapping: it's two dead girls.

In Two Girls Down, the first Alice Vega novel, we're introduced to bounty hunter/mercenary child finder Alice Vega. Vega is quiet, intense, and an absolute badas
Bam cooks the books ;-)
In the second outing featuring Alice Vega and Max Caplan, the pair of private investigators are hired 'off the record' by the San Diego Police Department and DEA to look into the deaths of two young Latina women. The bodies were dumped separately but with similar wounds...and one was clutching a scrap of paper with Vega's name written on it.

Vega and Caplan make a great team even though their styles are so different: "She had a tendency to announce what she was thinking only when it was fully fo
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What makes this series stand apart are PI Alice Vega and disgraced former cop, Max Caplan. The two make the perfect team. Smart, thoughtful, witty, and unique these two made me laugh, cringe, drop my jaw, cheer and smile like a fool.

Now the case they tackle is dark begins with the murder of two young Jane Does approx 12 years in age; sex trafficking. Cartel, crook agents and more await you in this suspenseful thriller. Through it all Alice and Cap keep their cool and investigate. Professionally
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Vega and Cap are back and I am HERE for this dynamic duo! I love the camaraderie between these two characters! This was such a fabulous, on the edge of my seat ride! I loved the mystery and the character development. The plot was well paced and gave just enough nuggets to keep me frantically turning pages. This series has become a must read for me and this installment did not disappoint! Thank you to the publisher for the advance reader in exchange for my honest review.
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Sometimes you read a book that you simply don’t want to put down. This is one of those books.

Oh, it’s not going to be for everyone. We have heavy themes of sex trafficking of minors, immigration, and just what sometimes happens to children in cages. But we also have two terrific main characters, supporting characters to root for, and a whole host of villains that need their comeuppance.

It’s just a fast-paced, thrill ride of a book.

This is actually the 2nd book in the series, but it works as a st
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
The bodies of two unidentified girls have been found near San Diego. The medical examiner finds evidence that ties the girls together. The police and DEA hire Alice Vega, a private investigator known for finding missing persons. Along with her partner, former cop Max Caplan, Vega follows the leads. It soon becomes apparent that these girls are victims of human trafficking. Vega and Caplan are determined to find the traffickers and rescue the other girls in their possession.

This is the second boo
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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.

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“The message from Vega was still there; it had not evaporated. A thin line pulsed horizontally through the letters in her name. Cap knew it was because the screen was old, something to do with the monitor's magnetic field, but it made the word look alive, like it had a shaky little heart.” 0 likes
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