Chasing Demons: A Luc Actar Novel

Melissa M. Garcia
CreateSpace (2012)
ISBN 9781480258112

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake for Reader Views (4/13)

Article first published as Book Review: Chasing Demons: A Luc Actar Novel by Melissa M. Garcia on Blogcritics.

In this second in the Luc Actar crime fiction novels, “Chasing Demons” by Melissa M. Garcia, Luc is ready to exchange his life of crime for the legitimacy of honest work. He wants to enjoy the paradise and romance shared with his girlfriend Mattie Hardwin in her large Malibu home, overlooking the ocean. He is anticipating the fulfillment of a life he has always longed for.

Luc is working as journalist for the Crime Reporter newspaper as their top investigative reporter. Luc has uncovered incidents of corruption, cover up and abuse by political officials, bureaucrats, police officers and “dirty” cops in Los Angeles County.

When an incident from Luc’s former life of crime threatens to destroy his newly found idyllic life, Luc takes an aggressive stance in defense of his girlfriend Mattie and his own principles, to stay out of jail, which ultimately becomes a fight for his life.

“Chasing Demons” is reminiscent of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series. Like Spenser, Luc is working to expose evil and to protect the innocent; however, he is not above stretching the law to accomplish his desired end.

Melissa M. Garcia artfully choreographs her characters with clearly defined dialog and interactions, using smooth transitions, realistic plot conflicts, plot twists, and suspense building action that is packed with surprises right up to the unexpected conclusion.

Garcia’s descriptions of Los Angeles and its environs are accurate. Her writing instills a sensation of uncertainty and sensitivity in her key characters, their emotions and motivations. Her writing is engaging with amazing insight into human nature, the impact of pride, greed, abuse, and the hopelessness of the homeless.

“Chasing Demons” by Melissa M. Garcia is filled with nonstop, fast action and suspense that leaves a lingering sense of wanting more. I am looking forward to the next book in the Luc Actar crime series. 

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