Deep Into The Dark (Detective Nolan Book 1)

P. J. Tracy

Minotaur Books

January 12th, 2021

Deep Into The Dark by P. J. Tracy is the first book in a brand-new series set in Los Angeles.  It explores obsession, revenge and grief. Some might know the author from the Monkeewrench series set in Minneapolis and co-written with her mother. 

Readers are introduced to compelling characters. Each of the characters have private wounds.  Sam Easton is a veteran returning from Afghanistan with PTSD. He is the sole survivor of a car bomb that has left him with horrible nightmares and blackouts. Medication has not seemed to help, but he has found a psychiatrist, Dr. Lynette Frolich, who has some helpful suggestions. Now working at a bar, he has become close with his co-worker, Melody Traeger.  She is trying to regain her life after being a drug addict, but she also seems to attract men who are abusive.  Then there is Detective Margaret Nolan who is haunted by the death of her brother, who fought so gallantly in Afghanistan. 

“For me, Sam is trying to overcome his PTSD.  I know quite a few men and women who have served this country, some with PTSD. I am inspired by their bravery and courage.  Sometimes the battle after the battle is the hardest part.  It is a silent battle.  The character Sam has to find his way. He has waking nightmares yet still recognizes the distinction between his dreams/hallucinations versus reality. He is anxious, kind, scarred, and regretful.  But also, moral, brave, strong, and compassionate. Hopefully readers become more informed about Sam’s everyday struggles. I made this book Sam’s book.”

“Detective Nolan is a strong female lead, basically a kick-ass.  A perfectionist, compassionate, and a cynical idealist.  She believes in justice and a strong desire to make things right.”  

“Melody is one of the most vulnerable characters.  In some ways, unstable.  She is struggling to overcome her addiction. I have known people with addiction.  Also, she was once in a rock band like me, and the name of both our bands was Poke.  I liked being in the band for the camaraderie.  At times she is street smart, tough, and works with Sam to overcome their struggles.”

The action ratchets up after some bodies are found connected to Sam. When friend and colleague Melody Traeger is beaten by her boyfriend, she turns to Sam for help. After he and Sam’s ex-wife turn up dead the next day, Sam becomes 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. Working on hunches, Sam, Melody, and the police detectives will cross paths as they attempt to find the murderer. 

This book has a riveting mystery, well-developed characters, and plenty of action. Unfortunately, readers will have to wait a whole year before the second book of the series comes out.



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Elise Cooper

Elise writes book reviews that always include a short author interview.