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Falling Angels (Luc Actar Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Melissa M. Garcia
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After a panicked call from his best friend, Mattie Hardwin, Luc Actar must return to Los Angeles and the life he fled three years earlier. Mattie's husband, a prestigious lawyer named Spencer Hardwin, has mysteriously disappeared. Desperate for assistance and despite his better judgment, Luc enlists the help of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in his search to find Spencer. But he soon learns that the detectives have their own reasons for locating Spencer - the lawyer has become the prime suspect in a drug dealer?s brutal murder.
As he hunts for the man he thought he knew, Luc's history with Mattie haunts his dreams and drives him to the depths of the misery he once escaped. Back on the streets of Los Angeles, Luc employs old friends and encounters childhood rivals to take on the sheriff's department, while a slew of lawyers impede his every move to save those closest to him from an unknown killer.


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After a panicked call from his best friend, Mattie Hardwin, Luc Actar must return to Los Angeles and the life he fled three years earlier. Mattie's husband, a prestigious lawyer named Spencer Hardwin, has mysteriously disappeared. Desperate for assistance, Luc enlists the help of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in his search to find Spencer, despite his better judgment. But he soon learns that the detectives have their own reasons for locating Spencer, the lawyer has become the prime suspect in a drug dealer's brutal murder. As he hunts for the man he thought he knew, Luc's history with Mattie haunts his dreams and drives him to the depths of the misery he once escaped. Back on the streets of Los Angeles, Luc employs old friends and encounters childhood rivals to take on the sheriff's department, while a slew of lawyers impede his every move to save those closest to him from an unknown killer.
Luc survived hell once before. But this time around, his survival depends on saving the angels falling around him.

About the Author

Melissa M. Garcia is the author of the Luc Actar crime series and the Death Valley Mystery series. Melissa also writes the online blog, "Musings from a Crime Writer." For more information, visit melissamgarcia.com. She can be followed on Facebook at facebook.com/ByMGarcia or on Twitter at twitter.com/MelissaM_Garcia.

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  • Print Length: 214 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004BDOUDU
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Falling Angels Delivers! February 23, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I wasn't really expecting this to be as good as it was! I read the previous reviews before getting this book and recall one of them saying they were fans of James Patterson and loving this book as well.

That intrigued me because Patterson is a fantastic writer. I gave this a chance (admittedly, starting out skeptical of that claim) and I'm glad I did and concur that mystery writer, Melissa M. Garcia is on the same level in her own way.

Her chapters are longer than Patterson's trade mark shorts ones, but her ability to keep you wondering what is going to happen next is on the same plane! It starts with a kid from the wrong side of the tracks becoming the protector of a very rich little girl. Which initially might seem like a weak story line, but the detail, the description of the relationship, and the characters themselves are all not only interesting, but very realistic!

And if you're expecting a "boy in love with girl story he can't have or doesn't deserve", you would be doing yourself a disservice, if you think that will make this an uninteresting read.

Various things are dealt with from police brutality, murder, good lawyers (and bad ones), drugs, gangs and the lives that some people are not only born into, but are fortunate if they survive, and how that life shapes the minds of those exposed to it (sometimes) in different ways.

Luc is what I would call an anti hero. If your looking for a "Knight" in shining armor look else where, but if your looking for someone hardened by the streets, with his own code of how to handle life and who is admittedly bad, but has one thing in life he would die to protect, then this is the book for you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent First Book! August 18, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book flowed beautifully and although I normally do not like reading chapters that go from present to past, I found myself looking forward to Luc and Mattie's back story. The characters intertwined well with each other, and as compared to some mysteries I have read where they are used for `filler', all were relevant in Falling Angles.

I was fascinated by Luc and it is rare that a character in a book can intrigue me that much. Being a fan of the mystery genre, and a 1st edition collector, I rank Luc with the best of them including characters; Kay Scarpetta, Kate Shugak, Dirk Pitt, Smokey Barrett, Archie Sheridan, Alex Cross and Aloysius Pendergast. I hope you will continue with the series and let us learn more about Luc's past, and possibly Luc and Mattie's future.

I appreciate Amy turning me on to your book and I sincerely look forward to your future books!

Great Job!

Milica
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue, mystery and romance December 1, 2006
Format:Paperback
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for Reader Views (11/06)

While Luc heard the sound of the ball striking the bat, the murderer of eighteen-year-old Angel here's the sound of a gun. "It is a sad day when an Angel dies. So I have to ask this. How many angels have to fall before we stand up and take notice? How many more Angels have to die before we realize there is a larger problem that needs to be fixed?"

A frantic call from Mattie concerning her missing husband sends Luc rushing to her side and old feelings for her begin to haunt him. Now he's become a suspect.

Luc was jealous of Spencer throughout college. He seen to have everything Luc had ever wanted, a loving family and a beautiful wife. He was jealous but the two remained friends. "I was starting to worry that Spencer was no longer alive...there was a good chance he was already dead...I still needed to know why. I needed to find him not only for Mattie. I now needed to know if he was the same man I had met in college. I needed to know what went wrong and how badly he had screwed up his life."

When Luc pulled the knife and held it to the face of the "child" in the alley I was shocked. He had a good reason but this part of the book grabbed me for it helped define the character of Luc. Luc is strong and independent. He takes nothing off of anyone. Mattie is beautiful, strong, independent and married to a man she's not in love with. Luc had no idea he was the man.

This book has an intriguing plot. There are many unexpected twists and turns. The pages just couldn't turn fast enough; I could hardly wait to see what would happen on the next page. This book has something for everyone, intrigue, mystery and romance. I highly recommend "Falling Angels."

Received book free of charge.
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More About the Author

Melissa M. Garcia has lived most of her life in the sometimes gritty, but always entertaining landscape that is Southern California. She graduated from California State University in Long Beach with a degree in English/Literature. Garcia is the author of the Los Angeles crime series featuring Luc Actar (including Falling Angels and Chasing Demons) and the Death Valley Mystery series (Stranger and Next of Kin). She has also published an e-book collection, Faith Departed: Short Stories of Mystery, Crime, and Despair. She lives with her husband in Southern California.

Visit her official website at www.melissamgarcia.com for updates or follow her at www.facebook.com/bymgarcia or www.twitter.com/MelissaM_Garcia.

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