“Predators, prey, parasites – that was Los Angeles in three words, and more often than not, it was hard to make a distinction between them.”—from Deep into the Dark
Sam is a wounded soldier back from Afghanistan fighting intense PTSD nightmares. Despite having an engineering degree, Sam works at the Pearl Club as a bar back. There he meets Melody, a bartender with an equally bad backstory. When Melody’s boyfriend is killed, both are on the top of LAPD detectives Nolan and Al’s suspect list. At the same time, a serial killer is stalking women in LA’s Miracle Mile.
My favorite part of the book was its adjective-filled noir’ish prose. It also portrayed the feeling of living in Los Angeles very accurately. Unfortunately, the dearth of red herrings, or even suspects, made the mystery much too easy to solve. Plus the final twist was totally unbelievable—even after reading it twice. For those reasons, Deep into the Dark gets 3 stars.
Thanks to Minotaur Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.