Private Detective (and overall bada$$) Alice Vega is asked to be a consultant for the DEA. She’s investigating the deaths of two twelve to fourteen year old females, The Janes, murdered separately near San Diego, California. There are two weird things going on with the case. First, the females have almost sequential IDs on their IUDs. Second, the DEA is paying for Alice’s services in cash.
Alice asks her longtime associate, former cop Max Caplan, to help her with the case. They find plenty of evil motives. Or as Alice says,
“Sex, drugs, money. Every man who commits a criminal act does it in service to one or more of those things. Most men, actually do everything because of them.” Cap answers, “I don’t disagree. You gonna tell me what motivates women?” “Love,” said Vega finally.
The Janes is a classic police procedural telling the tale of two detectives who scoff at the rules. It’s a fun read despite its sexploitation topic. If you miss Jane Hawk, I recommend reading this series. While you can start with this book, the first in the series is equally good and will give you a bit of the duo’s backstories. 4 stars!
Thanks to Doubleday Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.