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“Tracy seems to have found her literary sweet spot.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review New York Times bestseller P. J. Tracy returns with Deep into the Dark, a brand new series set in LA and featuring up-and-coming LAPD Detective Margaret Nolan and murder suspect Sam Easton. Sam Easton—a true survivor—is home from Afghanistan, trying to rebuild a life in his ho “Tracy seems to have found her literary sweet spot.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review New York Times bestseller P. J. Tracy returns with Deep into the Dark, a brand new series set in LA and featuring up-and-coming LAPD Detective Margaret Nolan and murder suspect Sam Easton. Sam Easton—a true survivor—is home from Afghanistan, trying to rebuild a life in his hometown of LA. Separated from his wife, bartending and therapy sessions are what occupy his days and nights. When friend and colleague Melody Traeger is beaten by her boyfriend, she turns to Sam for help. When the boyfriend turns up dead the next day, a hard case like Sam is the perfect suspect. But LAPD Detective Margaret Nolan, whose brother recently died serving overseas, is sympathetic to Sam's troubles, and can't quite see him as a killer. She's more interested in the secrets Melody might be keeping and the developments in another murder case on the other side of town. Set in an LA where real people live and work--not the superficial LA of Beverly Hills or the gritty underbelly of the city--Deep into the Dark features two really engaging, dynamic main characters and explores the nature of obsession, revenge, and grief. P. J. Tracy is known for her "fast, fresh, and funny" characters (Harlan Coben) and her "sizzling" plots (People); the Monkeewrench series was her first, set in Minneapolis and co-written with her mother. Now with Deep into the Dark she's on her own—and it's a home run.


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“Tracy seems to have found her literary sweet spot.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review New York Times bestseller P. J. Tracy returns with Deep into the Dark, a brand new series set in LA and featuring up-and-coming LAPD Detective Margaret Nolan and murder suspect Sam Easton. Sam Easton—a true survivor—is home from Afghanistan, trying to rebuild a life in his ho “Tracy seems to have found her literary sweet spot.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review New York Times bestseller P. J. Tracy returns with Deep into the Dark, a brand new series set in LA and featuring up-and-coming LAPD Detective Margaret Nolan and murder suspect Sam Easton. Sam Easton—a true survivor—is home from Afghanistan, trying to rebuild a life in his hometown of LA. Separated from his wife, bartending and therapy sessions are what occupy his days and nights. When friend and colleague Melody Traeger is beaten by her boyfriend, she turns to Sam for help. When the boyfriend turns up dead the next day, a hard case like Sam is the perfect suspect. But LAPD Detective Margaret Nolan, whose brother recently died serving overseas, is sympathetic to Sam's troubles, and can't quite see him as a killer. She's more interested in the secrets Melody might be keeping and the developments in another murder case on the other side of town. Set in an LA where real people live and work--not the superficial LA of Beverly Hills or the gritty underbelly of the city--Deep into the Dark features two really engaging, dynamic main characters and explores the nature of obsession, revenge, and grief. P. J. Tracy is known for her "fast, fresh, and funny" characters (Harlan Coben) and her "sizzling" plots (People); the Monkeewrench series was her first, set in Minneapolis and co-written with her mother. Now with Deep into the Dark she's on her own—and it's a home run.

30 review for Deep into the Dark

  1. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    It’s always interesting when a beloved author starts a new series. Will it live up to existing works? In this case, the answer is yes, although it’s a very different style of writing than the Monkeewrench series. Deep into the Dark gives us LAPD Detective Margaret Nolan. Sharp, young, recently promoted. Also an army brat who lost her brother in Afghanistan. “RHD was still an old boy’s club, and if you didn’t have the right equipment between your legs you had to have the guts to stand your ground It’s always interesting when a beloved author starts a new series. Will it live up to existing works? In this case, the answer is yes, although it’s a very different style of writing than the Monkeewrench series. Deep into the Dark gives us LAPD Detective Margaret Nolan. Sharp, young, recently promoted. Also an army brat who lost her brother in Afghanistan. “RHD was still an old boy’s club, and if you didn’t have the right equipment between your legs you had to have the guts to stand your ground.” This is a very character driven story. My joy came from being invested in everyone’s story, not just Nolan’s. Sam, a vet suffering from PTSD and physical pain was especially compelling. In fact, while the series is named after Nolan, it’s really Sam’s story. After he helps a friend/co-worker, he becomes a possible suspect in the murder of her abusive boyfriend. Then a second murder follows that hits even closer to home. The book isn’t fast paced, but kept my interest throughout. I did correctly guess the murderer but it was still interesting to see how it all came together. My thanks to netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for an advance copy of this book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Hmmm... As a big fan of Monkeewrench series, I may honestly say that I was expecting something more earth shattering, mind blowing from the author ! It was still a great start with complex storyline and relatable, well-developed, layered, interesting characters and action packed, moving, balanced pace writing. So you need to start this series without comparing it with previous works of the author for not being disappointed or raise the bar of your higher expectations. We’re introduced two new ch Hmmm... As a big fan of Monkeewrench series, I may honestly say that I was expecting something more earth shattering, mind blowing from the author ! It was still a great start with complex storyline and relatable, well-developed, layered, interesting characters and action packed, moving, balanced pace writing. So you need to start this series without comparing it with previous works of the author for not being disappointed or raise the bar of your higher expectations. We’re introduced two new characters in this book. Sam Easton,a veteran, survivor, returned back from Afghanistan to have a fresh start, divorced, bartender, joining to therapy sessions, still fighting with his past demons, carrying both psychical and mental scars. LAPD detective Margaret Nolan also has dramatic past and invisible scars, taking a murder case and prime suspect is Sam who might have murdered his close friend Melody’s boyfriend because he was abusing her and Melody needed his help. Margaret also lost her brother at overseas so she can easily relate with Sam and from the beginning she never thinks he is the killer. Then another murder case occurs at the other side of the town, changing the direction of investigation. After I read the blurb, I thought this book was about Sam and Margaret but Sam and Melody who conduct their own investigation together to clear their names and find the real killer of the abusive boyfriend stole the show. Thankfully I liked both of the characters from the beginning so I enjoyed to read their heart throbbing, intriguing, twisty adventure. This is not the best beginning book of new series but it has still promising potential. I still want to give a chance to the upcoming books. The killer’s identity was so obvious from the beginning which bothered me a little but character and story development, pacing were still well-crafted. So I cut some points and rounding up 3.5 stars to 4 brand new mystery/ crime thriller series stars! Fingers crossed. I hope the next book will be so much better! Special thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press/ Minatour Books for sharing this exciting arc with me in exchange my honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, P. J. Tracy , St. Martin’s Press, and Minotaur Books for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review. After thoroughly enjoying the development of the Monkeewrench series, I was eager to see P.J. Tracy return with a new publication. A standalone, or perhaps a germinating series, this book differs greatly from the cold streets of Minneapolis. Rather, it’s a hot mystery set inside LA, with a First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, P. J. Tracy , St. Martin’s Press, and Minotaur Books for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review. After thoroughly enjoying the development of the Monkeewrench series, I was eager to see P.J. Tracy return with a new publication. A standalone, or perhaps a germinating series, this book differs greatly from the cold streets of Minneapolis. Rather, it’s a hot mystery set inside LA, with a killer who targets women and a recent Afghan vet whose battle with PTSD is one that is not going well. Tracy offers up a quick mystery with some interesting development, though Deep Into the Dark fails to resonate for me yet, as the Monkeewrench novels did repeatedly. Sam Easton is back in the States, after a harrowing time serving his country overseas. What he saw and experienced in Afghanistan is enough to leave any man with wounds, something Sam does not lack. However, it is the marks that cannot be traced with a finger that cause Sam so many issues. His PTSD is severe, causing him horrible nightmares and blackouts that no amount of prescribed medication or visits to his psychiatrist can aid. Sam’s taken up a job tending bar while he tries to piece his life back together., The city’s abuzz with a string of killings, as young women are found brutality killed in out of the way fleabag motels. While the LAPD are on the case, it’s a giant mystery as to where they ought to begin. LAPD Detectives Margaret Nolan and Al Crawford are tossed the case, though they are slow to make any progress. After a few more bodies are found, one Sam Easton becomes a person of interest, as his ex-wife is one of those left slain. While Easton eschews his innocence, offering up a flimsy alibi, he cannot be sure where truth ends and possibility begins. His bouts of terrors and blackouts continue with increased intensity, forcing him to wonder if he could be living two lives, as he acts out what’s seen in these vivid dreams. As Detective Nolan tries to give Sam the benefit of the doubt, she cannot ignore all the evidence that stands before her. However, there seems to be something that no one can ignore, which includes someone lurking in the shadows, almost seeking to pin the crimes on Sam as a distraction for a larger plan. While Sam’s terrors become all the more vivid, he will have to find a way to push the target off his back, or go down as a scapegoat. I usually really enjoy the work that P.J. Tracy puts out. The moniker referred to an explosive mother-daughter team throughout most of the Monkeewrench series. When the elder passed on, it morphed into a fine-oiled machine headed by an experienced writer who knew her way around the streets of Minneapolis. With this new series, things seem a tad disjointed still, though there is the possibility that a fresh approach is still working out the kinks. I’d like to stick things out to see how the characters develop and whether Tracy can keep the momentum going. While reading, I was apt to call Sam Easton the protagonist, as his bouts of PTSD cannot be ignored. However, it would see the reader should be focussing their time on Margaret Nolan and her glass ceiling breaking experiences within the LAPD. There are a number of building blocks P.J. Tracy has laid out to develop her character, including her fight to make a name for herself as the struggles with PTSD inside her own family. Nolan was not, for me, as memorable or central as I would have hoped a protagonist to be, though her presence cannot be ignored. Tracy has begun developing the Nolan character carefully, though there is still a great deal that needs to be done to showcase her effectively. The use of a number of secondary characters keeps the story flowing. As I mentioned before, Tracy confuses things by offering Sam Easton more of the spotlight than a supporting character might normally receive, but I was pleased to see how intricate the development was to add depth and flavour to the story. The reader is able to see interesting side perspectives of veterans returning from the battlefield and how things are mishandled, leaving many to medicate (either under a doctor’s care or on their own) to dull the pain. The reader is treated to a number of other characters as well, all of whom provide something to keep the story from going flat. Looking at the overall reading experience, Tracy provides the reader with an interesting mystery and an intriguing police procedural. While the narrative focuses more on the Sam Easton angle, there are moments that Margaret Nolan is permitted to shine in her own debut. The writing is strong and pushes the story along quite effectively, helped with short chapters to capture the reader’s attention. With a narrative that seeks to guide and dialogue that helps to show the way, P.J. Tracy lays the groundwork for what could be a decent series, though her fans will surely play the comparative game against the long-established Monkeewrench novels, as I did. In the end, it’s a great start and there is a lot of room to grow, perfect for those who need something that will intrigue, yet not full engross them just yet! Kudos, Madam Tracy, for a nice start to something new. I’ll stick around to see what else you have in store for us soon! Love/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/ A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    Intense and intricate plot. Very unique look into the effects of PTSD with an impressive mystery attached. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I have to admit this book surprised me a bit. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I have never heard of this author before. Some of the pre-reviews were supportive yet slightly mixed. But I dove in anyway. Thank god! The author completely sucked me in with an impressive storytelling ability that includes the depths of despair with psychological torment from PTSD. But it Intense and intricate plot. Very unique look into the effects of PTSD with an impressive mystery attached. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I have to admit this book surprised me a bit. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I have never heard of this author before. Some of the pre-reviews were supportive yet slightly mixed. But I dove in anyway. Thank god! The author completely sucked me in with an impressive storytelling ability that includes the depths of despair with psychological torment from PTSD. But it also became a murder mystery with two separate parts of the story connecting into one. One side is the police detective’s point of view as they’re searching for the killer of gruesome murders in the city. The second view involves two coworkers whose lives begin to intertwine and intersect in a very unlikely manner. These two pieces eventually become one through a very twisted and slippery slope. With one focus on the character with psychological and traumatic brain injuries, you have to wonder what’s truth and what is fiction through much of the story. Intense and intricate! The author includes some mind-bending twists especially towards the end of the book that cement this as a fabulous read. Especially for those that enjoy cop fiction, psychological twists, and murder mystery, the author hits all pieces in this raw, realistic, and gritty story. Deep Into the Dark is the start of a new series and if this is any indication as to what is to come, sign me up! Fast-paced, heart-pounding, and complex! This is one author who is on my radar for future reads. * copy received for review consideration Full Review - https://amidlifewife.com/deep-into-th...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Carden

    Longtime fans of the mother and daughter writing team P.J. Tracy have wondered whether or not daughter Traci would continue the Monkeewrench series after the death of mother P.J. I haven’t seen the question answered definitively, but Traci has gotten off to an excellent start with the first book, Deep into the Dark (Margaret Nolan #1) of a new series. Deep into the Dark is more than a standard police procedural. First there are the accounts of murders from two wildly different categories. LAPD’s Longtime fans of the mother and daughter writing team P.J. Tracy have wondered whether or not daughter Traci would continue the Monkeewrench series after the death of mother P.J. I haven’t seen the question answered definitively, but Traci has gotten off to an excellent start with the first book, Deep into the Dark (Margaret Nolan #1) of a new series. Deep into the Dark is more than a standard police procedural. First there are the accounts of murders from two wildly different categories. LAPD’s storied Robbery Homicide Division aka RHD is investigating both sets. Margaret Nolan, a detective new to the famous boys club is investigating murders that involve Sam Easton, a terribly wounded veteran. This is also the story of two work friends protecting each other by trying to solve the murders they are involved in. Deep into the Dark is also a sensitive study of severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with all of its fears and ugliness. Finally, this is PJ Tracy’s announcement that she has this covered, this launch of a new series. Initially the serial killer investigation and the individual investigations seem to have no connections. Then Afghanistan veteran, Sam Easton, suffering from PTSD, seems to be connected to both homicide investigations. This doesn’t bode well for Sam, despite his alibis and his outstanding military career and connections. Tracy’s writing is stunning at times. Two quick examples if I may: “Nobody who genuinely feared for their life thought about killing themselves; they just thought about survival.” and then: “…discomfited by the realization that she was hot for a human version of a redacted document, which said more about her than him.” My espn guess for the future: that so-called ‘redacted document’ will have a much stronger role in the next book of the series. What a sensitive way to describe serious hurting and what a great way to describe a puzzling character. Frankly I could pick examples of outstanding prose from almost every page. Deep into the Dark is more Sam’s story than Margaret Nolan’s story. Not only was Sam the stronger character, there were two or three story lines that connect Afghanistan, Sam, and the serial killings that remain unresolved. I wonder if Sam will return, or if those questions will remain unanswered. Just like what happens in life. I hope Margaret becomes a more delineated character. This book is darker than the Monkeewrench Gang, and –please forgive me for this- they weren’t any barrel of laughs. I highly recommend reading Deep into the Dark for its atypical crimes, and the sensitive portrayal of a doubly scarred man in deep pain who is trying his best. Thank you to NetGalley for an Arc. The opinions are entirely my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    ♥Rachel♥

    Sam and Melody, each struggling with issues from their past, have formed a friendship after working together at a trendy Los Angeles bar, The Pearl. They find themselves embroiled in not one, but two murder mysteries, which puts them on Detective Margaret Nolan and her partner’s radar. Sam struggles with severe PTSD which has been resulting in creepy hallucinations and disturbing dreams. An unfortunate complication when dealing with the strange occurrences that Melody and Sam keep encountering. Sam and Melody, each struggling with issues from their past, have formed a friendship after working together at a trendy Los Angeles bar, The Pearl. They find themselves embroiled in not one, but two murder mysteries, which puts them on Detective Margaret Nolan and her partner’s radar. Sam struggles with severe PTSD which has been resulting in creepy hallucinations and disturbing dreams. An unfortunate complication when dealing with the strange occurrences that Melody and Sam keep encountering. After reading the book description and seeing the series is named after the lead detective, I was a little thrown by how little time was spent with Detective Margaret Nolan. I think a large portion was focused on Sam and Melody, which wasn’t a bad thing as I really enjoyed getting to know them and liked their characters. It was just a surprise. Sam and Melody are forced to rely heavily on each other, and I wonder about how their relationship will play out in future books or if they’ll even be in the coming books. The series is called Detective Margaret Nolan, so maybe not? After being a big fan of the Monkeywrench series I was excited to pick up P.J. Tracy’s newest endeavor. Also, a bit nervous. When you’re a fan of a particular series and they come up with something new there’s expectations. It did take me a bit to get into the story, but when I made myself sit down and concentrate, the story was engrossing. It was easy to make out the killer once the person appeared on the page, and I did suspect how the situation would come to a head. I will say that even knowing that things got pretty crazy in the end making for an action-packed, crazy-town-finish! A copy was kindly provided by Minotaur Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Fiona

    It's hard to write objective reviews for a writer who was behind one of my favourite series - though the best part of Monkeewrench is that found family trope, so I was at least prepared for something completely different. And Deep into the Dark is definitely it's own beast! Set in sunny LA, for a start, there's a different rhythm to this novel, but the writing is similarly able to quickly get you absorbed. Characters say and do smart things, and the central mystery was nice and twisty. I do think It's hard to write objective reviews for a writer who was behind one of my favourite series - though the best part of Monkeewrench is that found family trope, so I was at least prepared for something completely different. And Deep into the Dark is definitely it's own beast! Set in sunny LA, for a start, there's a different rhythm to this novel, but the writing is similarly able to quickly get you absorbed. Characters say and do smart things, and the central mystery was nice and twisty. I do think this book didn't quite hit that perfect balance - there's two groups of characters, and two mysteries at play, and one set of each received a lot more attention than the other. I definitely wanted more of Margaret Nolan, but if the second mystery hadn't wrapped up in this book, it might have been less of an issue. It was given about the right amount of space for something that is meant to carry on throughout the series. The Pink's hotdog references got a bit too frequent in places too - one chapter had three in close succession - though I'm not an Angeleno, so potentially I'm ignorant to the amazingness that earned them that inclusion. They're minor quibbles all told, though, and overall there's a lot to like with this book. Melanie and Sam had great chemistry as they paired up to figure out what was happening in their lives, and there's plenty of the lovely quirky side-characters that have always delighted me in Tracy's work. Still no word on whether the break from Monkeewrench is temporary, but as long as this is the kind of side-trip the now-solo author is taking - I'll be sticking around regardless.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Deep into the Dark is one half of former mother/daughter P.J. Tracy (her mother passed away a few years ago). This story finds coworkers and friends Sam and Melody accused of murdering their respective significant others by Detectives Nolan and Caldwell. Both claim innocence and take the investigation on themselves. Sam is a veteran who is badly disfigured after an IED burned half his face and killed most everyone in his unit in Afghanistan. Sam and Melody are very likable characters who are ful Deep into the Dark is one half of former mother/daughter P.J. Tracy (her mother passed away a few years ago). This story finds coworkers and friends Sam and Melody accused of murdering their respective significant others by Detectives Nolan and Caldwell. Both claim innocence and take the investigation on themselves. Sam is a veteran who is badly disfigured after an IED burned half his face and killed most everyone in his unit in Afghanistan. Sam and Melody are very likable characters who are fully realized with detailed back stories. They are featured so prominently that one would almost feel like they are the main characters in this book. They aren't though. This is book one in a series about Detective Nolan who we really don't get to know about. All we really know is she's dealing with the death of her brother in Afghanistan, that she's relatively new to homicide, and that she has a thing for Detective Remy Budreau, who is investigating cases of serial murder. A subplot that to me, doesn't really add much to the story. This book starts off slow at first than picks up the pace about 2/3 of the way through. It's also pretty pedantic. There's a lot of language in here that's more for academic texts and journals and it doesn't seem to fit in the story. If this was the start of a series about Sam and Melody, I'd be interested in book 2, As it stands now, I'm not so sure about reading book 2 in the Detective Nolan series. Thank you to St. Martin's Press, Minotaur Books, author P.J. Tracy and NetGalley for gifting me a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    This was my first book by Tracy and it was super nice that it is the first book in her new series. I was not really sure what to expect form this new author but I was pleasantly surprised how fast the book went, it started out a bit slow but once it picked up I flew through it. Good story line and some unforgettable characters. I gave this book 4 stars and I can't wait for the next book in the series. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not requ This was my first book by Tracy and it was super nice that it is the first book in her new series. I was not really sure what to expect form this new author but I was pleasantly surprised how fast the book went, it started out a bit slow but once it picked up I flew through it. Good story line and some unforgettable characters. I gave this book 4 stars and I can't wait for the next book in the series. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    4 stars You can read all of my reviews at Nerd Girl Loves Books. This is a good mystery/thriller that is a quick and easy read. Sam sustained a serious head injury in Afghanistan and is suffering from severe PTSD. He gets a job as a bar back in a club and is trying to deal with his injury and repair his failing marriage. One night Sam shelters his co-worker Melody who was beaten by her boyfriend. When the boyfriend turns up dead the next day, both Sam and Melody are suspects. LAPD Detective Margare 4 stars You can read all of my reviews at Nerd Girl Loves Books. This is a good mystery/thriller that is a quick and easy read. Sam sustained a serious head injury in Afghanistan and is suffering from severe PTSD. He gets a job as a bar back in a club and is trying to deal with his injury and repair his failing marriage. One night Sam shelters his co-worker Melody who was beaten by her boyfriend. When the boyfriend turns up dead the next day, both Sam and Melody are suspects. LAPD Detective Margaret Nolan's brother was recently killed overseas and is sympathetic to Sam and doesn't see him as a killer. Her partner disagrees. In addition to this murder, another detective is trying to catch a serial killer that is murdering young women. Events continue to get worse for Sam and Melody, and everyone wants the killers caught. I don't know much about head injuries and PTSD, but it appears the author did their homework and does a good job of depicting Sam's symptoms and treatment. The author goes into quite a bit of detail, and it's just as big a part of the book as the mystery. There are a few twists in the book, although I was able to figure out a few of them early on. It was still good to read how the author gets there, so it didn't spoil my enjoyment of the book. There are a few random events that seemed to just be thrown in, and you have to suspend disbelief for a few things, but overall, it was a fun book to read. I was given a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and St. Martin's Press. All opinions expressed in this review are mine.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Allison Brennan

    I have been a fan of P.J. Tracy since the first Monkeewrench novel and have read virtually all the books since. Twisty, dark, and wholly satisfying, exactly what I look for in a suspense thriller. In Deep into the Dark, two seemingly unrelated narratives come together in a beautifully organic way. First, a more traditional serial killer storyline (which ends up not being what you expect—but in the best possible way.) Detective Maggie Nolan is called to the scene of a brutal slaying of a woman fro I have been a fan of P.J. Tracy since the first Monkeewrench novel and have read virtually all the books since. Twisty, dark, and wholly satisfying, exactly what I look for in a suspense thriller. In Deep into the Dark, two seemingly unrelated narratives come together in a beautifully organic way. First, a more traditional serial killer storyline (which ends up not being what you expect—but in the best possible way.) Detective Maggie Nolan is called to the scene of a brutal slaying of a woman from the fringes of society. She was sickened. Enraged. And very, very sad. The environment where a homicide took place said volumes about the killer and the victim. … this poor woman, a resident of Aqua Travel Lodge—a rancid boil in the most squalid part of central Los Angeles—certainly hadn’t enjoyed much comfort before death. According to Ray Lovell, the vacuous motel clerk with meth teeth who had found her, she’d been a junkie who sometimes turned tricks, sometimes tended bar at the Kitty Corral, a topless dive across the street that catered to the very bottom layer of human sediment. It all cheapened her violent, sorry demise. The murder of Jane Doe isn’t going to be her case—there’s a task force in charge of the Monster investigation—led by Maggie’s friend and possible love interest, Remy Beaudreau. Fortunately, we’re kept in the loop of this investigation because of this connection—which becomes important as the story continues. Maggie is a very interesting character who I liked immediately. Grieving over the death of her brother in Afghanistan, juggling a new home and new promotion, she keeps people at arm’s length. But her grief doesn’t impact her job: she’s a good cop and—as Remy says near the end—“You’re one of the sharpest detectives the LAPD has, don’t tell me you haven’t figured it out yet.” More at Criminal Element

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tonya

    Whoa- Deep into the Dark by P.J. Tracy is a seriously good, dive deep into a mystery of a serial killer on the loose and Sam Easton is the number one suspect.. what really goes on during these intense blackouts from his PTSD. The writing captured my attention from the beginning and hello to real characters with flaws. This is one intense read, would make an incredible movie too! The characters are what get me...so real with their scars (Sam) or their secrets (Melody) and their brilliant detectiv Whoa- Deep into the Dark by P.J. Tracy is a seriously good, dive deep into a mystery of a serial killer on the loose and Sam Easton is the number one suspect.. what really goes on during these intense blackouts from his PTSD. The writing captured my attention from the beginning and hello to real characters with flaws. This is one intense read, would make an incredible movie too! The characters are what get me...so real with their scars (Sam) or their secrets (Melody) and their brilliant detective work (LAPD Detective Margaret Nolan). The way the themes are interwoven to tell a story that had me struggling to figure out what would happen... alas all of my guesses were wrong! (Bonus to be wrong!) Well written, fine writing with characters that seem to pop out of the book and sit down beside you. Thank you to NetGalley for this temporary, digital advance review copy for me to read and enjoy! As always, my opinion is voluntary and my own!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Guylou (Two Dogs and a Book)

    📚 Hello Book Friends! DEEP INTO THE DARK by P.J. Tracy was an exciting read. The authors kept me on my toes to the end. There were many twists that misled me, and the ending was full of suspense and action. The characters were interesting. Each had their own trauma and deep emotional issues. I particularly like Detective Nolan and I am looking forward to discovering more about her. This is the first book in the Detective Margaret Nolan Series. Overall, the book was entertaining, and the story we 📚 Hello Book Friends! DEEP INTO THE DARK by P.J. Tracy was an exciting read. The authors kept me on my toes to the end. There were many twists that misled me, and the ending was full of suspense and action. The characters were interesting. Each had their own trauma and deep emotional issues. I particularly like Detective Nolan and I am looking forward to discovering more about her. This is the first book in the Detective Margaret Nolan Series. Overall, the book was entertaining, and the story well delivered. #bookstadog #poodles #poodlestagram #poodlesofinstagram #furbabies #dogsofinstagram #bookstagram #dogsandbooks #bookishlife #bookishlove #bookstagrammer #books #booklover #bookish #bookaholic #reading #readersofinstagram #instaread #ilovebooks #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram #bookreviewer #bookcommunity #bibliophile #deepintothedark #pjtracy #bookreview

  14. 4 out of 5

    Monnie

    I've read and very much enjoyed a couple of other books by this author, so I was delighted to be approved for a pre-release copy of this one through NetGalley. And I'm happy to say it did not disappoint. Two storylines are featured here, the first of which is catching the person, or persons, who have been racking up murder victims along Los Angeles' Miracle Mile. LAPD Detective Margaret Nolan and her partner, Detective Al Crawford - plus another notable character or two - are on the case but not I've read and very much enjoyed a couple of other books by this author, so I was delighted to be approved for a pre-release copy of this one through NetGalley. And I'm happy to say it did not disappoint. Two storylines are featured here, the first of which is catching the person, or persons, who have been racking up murder victims along Los Angeles' Miracle Mile. LAPD Detective Margaret Nolan and her partner, Detective Al Crawford - plus another notable character or two - are on the case but not having much luck. In the other, Sam Easton, a former electrical engineer who's suffering from PTSD as a result of an Afghanistan attack that killed everyone in his squad except him, is working as a bar back in a popular local pub. His wife has left him, so he's alone with his nightmares and hallucinations and has only his job for solace. But when his co-worker, Melody, gets beaten up by her snobby boyfriend, he's eager to help. But the next day, Melody's boyfriend dies of very unnatural causes, Maggie and Al are called in and Sam quickly becomes a prime suspect - at least in Al's eyes. Maggie isn't as quick to put the finger on Sam, though; she recently lost her brother who was serving overseas, making her more sympathetic to what Sam's going through. Melody's boyfriend may be out of the picture, but it soon becomes clear that someone else may be stalking her (and possibly Sam as well). Meantime, they meet up with a young and very rich filmmaker wannabe who leans toward being totally nuts - and he shows them a script he thinks would be perfect with Sam and Melody as the stars even though they have no acting experience whatsoever. Everything comes together at the end (well, not everything; this is the first book in a new series, so bread crumbs leading to the next one are left on the ground). And therein lies one of the things I wasn't so crazy about; the main character in the series is supposed to be Margaret. But it's Sam who, to me at least, unquestionably steals this show (even if, PTSD notwithstanding, he came across as a little too "perfect"). Margaret's character, on the other hand, isn't nearly as well developed - so in the end it's Sam, not Margaret, about whom I'd love to read more (of course, who's to say he won't make future appearances - if I get a vote on that score, it's a resounding yes). That said, the series is off to a strong start and I look forward to the next one. Thanks to the publisher for the opportunity to read and review an advance copy.

  15. 4 out of 5

    The Nerd Daily

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Marla Warren P.J. Tracy, bestselling author of the Monkeewrench Series, has begun an entirely new series set in a very noir-feeling Los Angeles. This is not the Los Angeles of movie stars however, this is the Los Angeles of waitresses and bartenders, of detectives and therapists and, of course, murderers. This is a very well crafted and well told mystery, but it is by no means a quick or light read. Heavy themes of revenge and obsession are woven Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Marla Warren P.J. Tracy, bestselling author of the Monkeewrench Series, has begun an entirely new series set in a very noir-feeling Los Angeles. This is not the Los Angeles of movie stars however, this is the Los Angeles of waitresses and bartenders, of detectives and therapists and, of course, murderers. This is a very well crafted and well told mystery, but it is by no means a quick or light read. Heavy themes of revenge and obsession are woven throughout. Tracy introduces the character of Sam Easton in the opening pages of the story, and the reader is immediately confronted with the PTSD symptoms Sam is suffering through, related to his military service. There are dense, heavy scenes throughout as Sam suffers nightmares and other symptoms, and confronts all the ways these have, and continue to, effect his life, his marriage, and his relationships. Tracy has created Sam as a likeable character, and it is easy for the reader to sympathise with Sam’s situation and truly care about him and his well-being. Read the FULL REVIEW on The Nerd Daily

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kayleigh 2babesandabookshelf

    I really really wanted to like this book, but it fell very flat for me. It started off strong, but halfway through I got really bored and had to force myself to finish this one. I wasnt invested in the story or characters which made it difficult to connect. I was really hoping for more of a police procedural book (especially because the is the start of a new series), but I felt that Maggie's role played second fiddle to Sam and Melody. This also felt like 2 super disjointed and unconnected books I really really wanted to like this book, but it fell very flat for me. It started off strong, but halfway through I got really bored and had to force myself to finish this one. I wasnt invested in the story or characters which made it difficult to connect. I was really hoping for more of a police procedural book (especially because the is the start of a new series), but I felt that Maggie's role played second fiddle to Sam and Melody. This also felt like 2 super disjointed and unconnected books and they were forced to mesh together at the end. This one also deals with PTSD which was difficult to read times.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    1. This is not the Monkeewrench series. 2. It is supposed to be a series featuring LAPD Detective Margaret Nolan and murder suspect Sam Easton, but as it turns out, Nolan plays a pretty minor role. Sam and Melody Traeger take over the novel. 3. I knew the villain on his first appearance. That's fine if the author intends for you to, but I think it was supposed to come as a surprise. Deep into the Dark kept my interest because of Sam and Melody, but the plot was not believable. Either plot, I gues 1. This is not the Monkeewrench series. 2. It is supposed to be a series featuring LAPD Detective Margaret Nolan and murder suspect Sam Easton, but as it turns out, Nolan plays a pretty minor role. Sam and Melody Traeger take over the novel. 3. I knew the villain on his first appearance. That's fine if the author intends for you to, but I think it was supposed to come as a surprise. Deep into the Dark kept my interest because of Sam and Melody, but the plot was not believable. Either plot, I guess, because there was a secondary plot thread. The eccentric and endearing characters that helped make Monkeewrench such a fun series are absent in Deep into the Dark, which is more of a straight forward crime novel. If I had not been hoping for some of the fresh and funny aspects of Monkeewrench, I would have liked it better, but the author (whose mother and partner for the Monkeewrench series has died) is entitled to take a new path with a different vibe. Read in August. Blog review scheduled for Dec. 30, 2020 NetGalley/St. Martin's Press. Crime. Jan. 12, 2021. Print length: 352 pages.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Johnson

    Sam is back from Afghanistan and has severe PTSD. He works at a bar with Melody who used to be in a famous rock band. They become friends but suddenly people that are connected to them end up dead. PJ Tracy normally writes the Monkeewrench series, and quite honestly, I like those books a lot better. A three star read for me.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Janet Newport

    Thank you NetGalley and St Martin's Press for this arc. I've read all and very much enjoyed the Monkeewrench series written by this author with her mother. I was a little hesitant to start Deep into the Dark, worried that it wouldn't have the same "vibes" found in the series. I truly enjoyed the intelligent, seemingly "damaged" characters of Monkeewrench but found them here as well. Okay, worth reading for me. I really like that she can write characters that overcome their past "traumas" to not o Thank you NetGalley and St Martin's Press for this arc. I've read all and very much enjoyed the Monkeewrench series written by this author with her mother. I was a little hesitant to start Deep into the Dark, worried that it wouldn't have the same "vibes" found in the series. I truly enjoyed the intelligent, seemingly "damaged" characters of Monkeewrench but found them here as well. Okay, worth reading for me. I really like that she can write characters that overcome their past "traumas" to not only survive but thrive. The first 20 - 25% seemed a little slow, as it was mostly introduction to the various characters and setting of seemingly disconnected story lines. After that point, it accelerated into a very high speed pace and didn't really let up. Yes, there was some gore and some really sick & twisted folks as well as some very relatable and likeable people. Overall and excellent read with just a whisper of an "end" too neatly "tied up" for me. But I will keep my eyes open for additions to this series. 4.5 stars

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chris Conley

    Really good parallel mysteries. Wonderful characters. I am already looking forward to the next book!!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of Deep into the Dark. I've never read the author's previous books before but I was pleased when my request was approved. I'm always looking for a new author to read. ** Minor spoilers ahead ** Deep into the Dark is about two interconnected narratives; a serial killer is lurking in L.A. at the same time two brutal murders occur in less than 24 hours, implicating Army veteran Sam Easton. Sounds intriguing and the writing is good, but the story is bogged dow Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of Deep into the Dark. I've never read the author's previous books before but I was pleased when my request was approved. I'm always looking for a new author to read. ** Minor spoilers ahead ** Deep into the Dark is about two interconnected narratives; a serial killer is lurking in L.A. at the same time two brutal murders occur in less than 24 hours, implicating Army veteran Sam Easton. Sounds intriguing and the writing is good, but the story is bogged down with the terrible 2s: 1. Too many characters 2. Too many POVs; Sam Easton, his coworker and friend, Melody, brief monologues from the killer, the detectives investigating the double murder along with the detective probing the serial murders...AND, Sam's mother. 3. Too much happening; Sam's struggles with PTSD, his sessions with his psychiatrist, his 'psychic' ability (which is never resolved at the end), his co-worker's abusive sort-of boyfriend, a stalker, a serial killer, Sam's estrangement with his wife. What really annoyed me was that despite the POVs of three detectives, there wasn't much detecting going on. 4. Too much chit-chatting and the female detective mooning over her colleague. 5. Too little character development. The only character readers get to know is Sam, a good man suffering severe PTSD after being grievously wounded in Afghanistan that killed everyone in his unit. Everyone is is marginally described and developed. As a result, it was hard to make a connection with anyone. I had hoped the female detective, at least, would factor in as a major character. The identity of the killer(s) was, frankly, unbelievable, and my ability to suspend disbelief was really being tested at the end, as well as Sam's attempts to plug in the gaps of his memory and the whereabouts of a soldier. Overall, the writing was good, and if you don't mind raising the bar on disbelief suspension, this book is for you.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This is my first PJ Tracy book. Are they all full of pretentious language that seems incredibly inappropriate for the characters thinking/saying things? At the beginning I felt like I was tripping over words that felt out of place for the story. As time went on, I became more accustomed to the bombastic writing but it never felt true to the characters. Sadly, it continued to distract from a really good story. The characters were deep, with a history sufficient to fill a full length book all on i This is my first PJ Tracy book. Are they all full of pretentious language that seems incredibly inappropriate for the characters thinking/saying things? At the beginning I felt like I was tripping over words that felt out of place for the story. As time went on, I became more accustomed to the bombastic writing but it never felt true to the characters. Sadly, it continued to distract from a really good story. The characters were deep, with a history sufficient to fill a full length book all on its own, and the story itself continued to pull me in. I'd advise to be prepared for the overly ambitious words and settle in for a solid who done it! Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for a copy of the book. This review is my own opinion.

  23. 5 out of 5

    M. [storme reads a lot]

    A fab thriller to keep you guessing and wanting more. This is the story of real people with some crazy things happening. And there is no happy ending because it is a thriller, which is just fine with me. This was a book I really liked because it made sense. The appeal was the real characters and real events...I mean not real real... but written as such that it seemed real, a rare and awesome thing when it comes to these books. I believed all the motivations of the people and none of the twists w A fab thriller to keep you guessing and wanting more. This is the story of real people with some crazy things happening. And there is no happy ending because it is a thriller, which is just fine with me. This was a book I really liked because it made sense. The appeal was the real characters and real events...I mean not real real... but written as such that it seemed real, a rare and awesome thing when it comes to these books. I believed all the motivations of the people and none of the twists were absurd. This was a real story with a not so perfect main character with a normal name. Love it. Sometimes I grow tired of perfect people named like JESIKAAA and I just want a Margaret, okay? This is a must for crime thriller fans.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    3.5, rounded up. I'm on the fence for the second book. When it comes out, hit me up if the many positive seeds here mature and the major problems get reined in. The positives: The main characters are likeable. Sam and Melody are friends and coworkers that both become victims of horrific crimes. They are fully developed and interesting people. If they were the stars, I may give the second one a chance, but would be worried about all the bad things happen to two people problem. Part of the reason t 3.5, rounded up. I'm on the fence for the second book. When it comes out, hit me up if the many positive seeds here mature and the major problems get reined in. The positives: The main characters are likeable. Sam and Melody are friends and coworkers that both become victims of horrific crimes. They are fully developed and interesting people. If they were the stars, I may give the second one a chance, but would be worried about all the bad things happen to two people problem. Part of the reason that these characters are so likeable is the plot device of Sam's view showing us a lot about the two of them. Also, please bring back Teddy. He stole the show! Notice I don't include the main detective listed as the star of the series. She has tombstone eyes, strawberry blonde hair, and a strong misandrist streak. Despite this, there is hope. Part of why we dont get as close to her is because Sam doesnt get as close to her, and he's our main information source, even though it is in third person. See the negatives about the misandrist streak. Please just make that go away. She has the beginnings of interesting backstory, with enough development for sympathy, but room for more. There just needed to be more crumbs for me, but this isnt unusual with first in the series novels. So, remember that I think there's a lot of potential. Because here we go. The negatives: Ableism! Omg! Purporting to be a positive voice about mental illness in the form of PTSD, the author sure does schizophrenia and whatever was up with the bad guy horribly. I do appreciate the stab at supporting sufferers of PTSD. In a way the author calls out the ableism those sufferers face, as when the police detective's partner assumes he is paranoid and a murderer. But even that small rebuke is later undone by the main detective's appreciation for his views tempering her sympathy for veterans with PTSD. Then there's the misandry in this novel. It's even completely unnecessary to the plot and easy enough to edit out. I really hope it was removed before the final release because it is very toxic and detracts from the story as a whole. The main character goes on random rants full of misandry, and even Sam, our suffering veteran, spews misandrist nonsense. These are just random tacked on paragraphs and do not seem to be part of a flawed character. I can get behind it in that case. In this case. Just. Stop. Related - the psychobabble and pretentious language was very much a turn off for me. The psychological theories are outdated, and the academic language just doesnt mesh with the setting and characters. Our star detective is only fleshed out a little, and that little clashes with many of her actions (see above about misandry). I hope the author follows what little character development there is and drops the rest. There are the seeds of an interesting character here. Less so her partner and the romantic interest. I groaned inwardly whenever they showed up. I get the literary work they're doing, but I need more than stereotyped plot devices. Speaking of stereotyped plot devices... The plot was simplistic. I knew who did what well before any reveals. You know the main bad guy when he first appears on the page. The secondary plot was there just enough to be a distraction (filler that sounds like a more interesting case and a reason for the detective to drool?). I had hopes, but they were shot with a thrown together lazy end. As long as this section is, they are problems easily fixed. There are some promising kernels of a good story here. Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin's Press, Minotaur, and PJ Tracy for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lesa

    If you’ve ever read one of P.J. Tracy’s Monkeewrench books, think back for a moment. Those mysteries are so hard to review without giving away the plot. Granted, we also read them for the emotionally scarred characters, but Tracy knows how to write a complex story. She does it again with the first in her new series, Deep Into the Dark. She isn’t dropping the Monkeewrench series, but she’s launching a new one based in Los Angeles. There are three main characters in Deep Into the Dark. Sam Easton i If you’ve ever read one of P.J. Tracy’s Monkeewrench books, think back for a moment. Those mysteries are so hard to review without giving away the plot. Granted, we also read them for the emotionally scarred characters, but Tracy knows how to write a complex story. She does it again with the first in her new series, Deep Into the Dark. She isn’t dropping the Monkeewrench series, but she’s launching a new one based in Los Angeles. There are three main characters in Deep Into the Dark. Sam Easton is a veteran of Afghanistan. After two tours of duty and the loss of most of his friends to an IED explosion, he has a half burned and scarred face and suffers from PTSD. He drinks, takes meds, suffers from nightmares. His wife, Yukiko, left him three months earlier. He’s a broken man, a man with a degree in electrical engineering who works as a bar back at the Pearl Club, a cocktail lounge. Melody Traeger is a bartender at the Pearl Club. She was once a guitarist in a punk rock band, performing as Roxy Codone. She’s taken drugs, lived on the streets. She’s taking college classes, trying to get her life together, but her taste in men isn’t great. She discovers that again, when her latest, Ryan, hits her because he’s jealous. LAPD Detective Margaret Nolan is an up-and-coming detective in the Homicide Special Section. She’s mentored by her partner, Al Crawford. She’s a perfectionist. She grew up in a transient military family. She’s recently lost a brother in Afghanistan, the only one who supported her choice of career in her military family. After Ryan hits Melody, she takes refuge at Sam’s house. But, neither of them have an alibi for all the time surrounding Ryan’s murder. His death brings Nolan into their lives. And, Yukiko’s murder after she tells Sam she’s moving to Seattle puts him on the top of the suspect list. But, Nolan isn’t as quick to jump on him as a suspect as her partner is. Al thinks she’s soft on him because of her brother’s death in Afghanistan. She doesn’t see him as a killer, despite his background and his PTSD. It’s easy to give you the basic introduction to the characters, and the background to the story itself. However, I’ve left out major details for fear of spoiling the story. Like the Monkeewrench books, Deep Into the Dark is more than a police procedural or a mystery. The damaged characters, particularly Sam, are well-developed. And, those three characters will need each other as a killer gathers them into a web. If you pay attention, the killer becomes obvious late in the book. It doesn’t matter. By that time, I was so hooked on the stories of Sam, Melody and Nolan that I was quickly reading to find if they made it out alive. Sam is the stand-out character for me. He has so many issues that it’s a wonder he can survive. And, that’s what he, and the reader, worry about. Deep Into the Dark introduces another cast of needy, scarred characters. Monkeewrench fans will be pleased.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rudo

    Sam Easton is a broken man on the inside. Discharged from the army after being in a humvee explosion, he suffers from memory loss, blackouts, and night terrors. His situation doesn’t improve when his wife decides separation might be the best thing for him to be able to heal and for her to get back to the self that she’s lost. Melody, a college student, is bartender at the Pearl Club where Sam also works. She’s trying to make a better life for herself after a downward spiral in her past led her to Sam Easton is a broken man on the inside. Discharged from the army after being in a humvee explosion, he suffers from memory loss, blackouts, and night terrors. His situation doesn’t improve when his wife decides separation might be the best thing for him to be able to heal and for her to get back to the self that she’s lost. Melody, a college student, is bartender at the Pearl Club where Sam also works. She’s trying to make a better life for herself after a downward spiral in her past led her to rock bottom. After Melody is beat by her boyfriend, she turns to Sam, and the very next day her boyfriend is found dead. All signs lead to Sam but this is just the beginning. Someone has their sights set on both of them and will do nothing until they’re at his mercy. I’m a sucker for thrillers like this so I was excited to read about Sam and Melody. Both damaged but trying to cope with present life while also trying to make a better future for themselves. How the killer messed with their minds by making sure they knew they were targets. The only thing I wasn’t too fond of was that I realized who the killer was early on in the book. His reasoning was a bit childish but I truly enjoyed the showdown at the end! Thank you to Netgalley, St. Martin’s Press, and Minotaur Books for a copy of the book. Deep into the Dark by P.J. Tracy is out now!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Eadie

    I have read all of P.J. Tracy's Monkeewrench series and have enjoyed them all. This book is the start of another series by her set in Los Angeles. Sam Easton is back from Afghanistan and is separated from his wife. He is working as a bartender and is helping Melody Traeger who was beaten by her boyfriend, Ryan. When Ryan turns up dead, Sam becomes the major suspect. LAPD Detective Margaret Nolan cannot believe that Sam is guilty. How can she prove Sam's innocence? This book explores obsession, re I have read all of P.J. Tracy's Monkeewrench series and have enjoyed them all. This book is the start of another series by her set in Los Angeles. Sam Easton is back from Afghanistan and is separated from his wife. He is working as a bartender and is helping Melody Traeger who was beaten by her boyfriend, Ryan. When Ryan turns up dead, Sam becomes the major suspect. LAPD Detective Margaret Nolan cannot believe that Sam is guilty. How can she prove Sam's innocence? This book explores obsession, revenge and grief. I found the characters well-developed and the plot action-packed. Even though the murderer was not a complete surprise, I do look forward to the next book in the series. Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Minotaur Books for a free copy for an honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    LJ

    This is a snippet review of books that just haven't worked for me. Maybe it's the pandemic, maybe not. What is sad, is that many of these are authors I've previously liked, so please don't judge them too harshly. These are books of which I want a record for myself, more than anything else. This is not a Monkeywrench book, which is fine, this is the first written by Traci since the loss of her mother. And yes, it seems she is trying to find her footing. On the positive, I liked the character of Sa This is a snippet review of books that just haven't worked for me. Maybe it's the pandemic, maybe not. What is sad, is that many of these are authors I've previously liked, so please don't judge them too harshly. These are books of which I want a record for myself, more than anything else. This is not a Monkeywrench book, which is fine, this is the first written by Traci since the loss of her mother. And yes, it seems she is trying to find her footing. On the positive, I liked the character of Sam, a severely wounded veteran of Afghanistan suffering from PTSD. And yes, backstory is important. On the negative, I read seven chapters and was still waiting for the plot to appear. Sorry, my TBR mountain is too high to stay with a book that doesn't capture my attention from the first few pages.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    I liked this one, but I feel like I should have liked it more. I felt for Sam and how it seemed like his life was falling apart. I was glad that he had a friend in Melanie to help him with things. The two of them managed to go through some crazy things, but what Sam found out at the end was the craziest. I'm glad that it looks like his life will settle down and he can just live it. I liked this one, but I feel like I should have liked it more. I felt for Sam and how it seemed like his life was falling apart. I was glad that he had a friend in Melanie to help him with things. The two of them managed to go through some crazy things, but what Sam found out at the end was the craziest. I'm glad that it looks like his life will settle down and he can just live it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    Being a fan of PJ Tracy's Monkeywrench series, I was excited to jump into Deep Into The Dark the first of her new series. And I was right to be excited. Deep Into the Dark introduces us to Margaret Nolan and her partner Al Crawford, Detectives in the LAPD's Homicide Special Section, and Remy Beaudreau, also a detective within the Division. As the cases start piling up, a common denominator seems to be Sam Easton, military veteran, Afghanistan survivor- but barely as he copes with physical and PT Being a fan of PJ Tracy's Monkeywrench series, I was excited to jump into Deep Into The Dark the first of her new series. And I was right to be excited. Deep Into the Dark introduces us to Margaret Nolan and her partner Al Crawford, Detectives in the LAPD's Homicide Special Section, and Remy Beaudreau, also a detective within the Division. As the cases start piling up, a common denominator seems to be Sam Easton, military veteran, Afghanistan survivor- but barely as he copes with physical and PTSD damages. Also on the radar is Melody Traeger, co-worker or maybe more to Sam Easton. PJ Tracy immediately draws us into these new characters, and it was evident that there was much more to discover about each of them. There was enough mystique about each person in this story that I really was suspicious of them all at some point. Tracy's use of PSDT, abuse and homicide kept me on edge throughout. While I believe the detectives, especially Margaret Nolan, are the basis for the series, it was Sam Easton who was the most developed character in this book. As with many first books in a series, there is a lot to introduce to the reader, so enough was set up that I am very interested in continuing to get to know the others, because we were left with the impression there is a lot more to know. I highly recommend Deep Into the Dark, and anxiously await the second in this series.

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