Deep into the Dark: A Mystery (Hardcover)

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When the mother half of the mother-daughter duo who made up P.J. Tracy passed away, I was afraid it was the end of their dark and quirky Monkeewrench series. It wasn’t, and daughter Traci Lambrecht is branching out anew with an L.A.-based series, starting with Deep Into the Dark.

The characters and setting differ from Monkeewrench, but the intricate plotlines and memorable characterizations remain. Deep focuses on three protagonists, each in some way rebuilding a life. Veteran Sam Easton, scarred in mind and body, is trying to come to terms with his PTSD and his failing marriage, even as he takes a ‘safe’ job in an area bar. His co-worker, Melody Traiger, has escaped drug addiction and perhaps some darker things she’s keeping secret. Detective Margaret Nolan is actively trying to survive her beloved brother’s combat death. When brutal murders occur, with Sam and Melody as the common denominators, they must band together to find what their link to a killer is, even as the police (except Margaret) see them as prime suspects.

Looking for a sunny landscape and twisting mystery to enjoy over the winter? Step Deep Into the Dark and escape. You’ll never look at a bouquet of roses the same way again.

— Rosemary


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 Eastona true survivoris 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 ownand it's a home run.

About the Author

P. J. Tracy is the pseudonym of Traci Lambrecht, bestselling and award winning author of the Monkeewrench series. Lambrecht and her mother, P. J., wrote eight novels together as P. J. Tracy before P. J. passed away in 2016. Lambrecht has since continued the Monkeewrench series solo. She spent most of her childhood painting and showing Arabian horses, and graduated with a Russian Studies major from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where she also studied voice. She now lives outside Minneapolis.

Praise For…


“The author of the award-winning “Monkeewrench” novels launches a new L.A.-based series with an intense, unforgettable novel that focuses on the predators and prey that thrive in the city. The intricately plotted story handles Easton’s PTSD with compassion while revealing his disturbing torment. Three complex characters, Sam, Melody, and Detective Nolan, are introduced in a gripping story for thriller fans.” —Library Journal (starred review), Pick of the Month

“[A] riveting series launch. . . . The suspense rises as the plot takes some unexpected twists and turns. Readers will want to see more of Maggie, a complicated woman determined to succeed in a profession dominated by men, and the troubled Sam, who does his best to do the right thing.” —Publishers Weekly

"Tracy launches a new series that depends as much on strong character development as it does on crime-solving." —Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250754943
ISBN-10: 1250754941
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: January 12th, 2021
Pages: 352