Galya Petrova travels to Ireland on a promise that she will work for a nice Russian family, teaching their children English. Instead, she is dragged into the world of modern slavery, sold to a Belfast brothel, and held there against her will.
She escapes at a terrible cost - the slaying of one of her captors - and takes refuge with a man who offers his help. As the traffickers she fled scour the city for her, seeking revenge for their fallen comrade, Galya faces an even greater danger: her savior is not what he seems. She is not the first trafficked girl to have crossed his threshold, and she must fight to avoid their fate.
Detective Inspector Jack Lennon wants a quiet Christmas with his daughter, but when an apparent turf war between rival gangs leaves bodies across the city, he knows he won't get it. As he digs deeper into the case, he realizes an escaped prostitute is the cause of the violence, and soon he is locked in a deadly race with two very different killers.
Solve another case with Jack Lennon.
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"Neville slowly ratchets up the tension—and the violence—until each page practically twangs with suspense." (Publishers Weekly)
"Vivid characters and atmosphere.... ‘The gray and the rain and the hate’ of Lennon’s Belfast make these streets among the very meanest in the genre." (Booklist)
Loved it. Loved the narrator. Loved it so much I'm going to buy all the Stuart Neville books narrated by Gerard Doyle. Fast paced. suspenseful yet richly developed.
I learn a lot here, and I like the characters, but I don't feel that either the main character grew in this novel, nor did my understanding of him deepen. And after awhile the sheer number of insane sadists over and over in this series just gets old.
Writer and reader perfectly matched. An absorbing continuation of this series. Will eagerly await the next addition. Best to start with first because each one builds on the one before.
If you like the Jack Lennon series and appreciate the Irish character...this is a great read/listen!
Stuart Neville is one of the top crime writers in the field. His Jack Lennon novels are universally gripping and gritty. In "Stolen Souls," Neville's flawed but good-hearted protagonist Lennon faces flesh-peddling mobsters, corrupt cops, a serial killler, a hitman with a grudge against him and personal demons that dog Lennon every step of the way. A genuine nail-biter, "Stolen Souls" is Neville at his dark and compelling best.
New England born want-to-be Irishman. I love stories set in Boston and Ireland.
I wish he could lighten it a lit and add some humor.
I love the characters, setting and stories, but they are so over the top violent and dark. It becomes difficult to continue to listen.
He is fast becoming my favorite narrator
It could be a great movie, but has so much blood and murder it would come across like Scarface.
Overall I enjoyed the story but it was not as good as the previous 2 in this series.
I like Irish and Swedish crime thrillers and sociological exposes concerning African American life from Colonial times to the end of WWII. Recently I have taken a real liking to the works of Neal Stephenson and Fyodor Dostoevsky as well.
As usual, Neville has action and well written, suspenseful passages but without Gerry Fagan, the series has really lost its steam.
If this is the last book of the series, I'm really going to be disappointed. However, I'm not sure if I'd want to continue the series unless something really unexpected happens.
He's always awesome in whatever he does. I've never had a complaint about him and I probably never will. His accents, inflections, and voice ranges are all magnificent.
Not really. It's a bit of a downer especially with the Christmas setting and all.
Neville should break free of his series and write something new and cool and original like Ghosts of Belfast.
Stuart Neville never disappoints and neither does Gerard Doyle's narration. Excellent and involving, like the previous Jack Lennon stories.
Doyle brings authenticity to the story and characters.
I look forward to more from both author and narrator.
The third book in Stuart Neville's Jack Lennon series. The series is starting accumulate a cast of recurring characters and a history that has to be revisited in each new volume, as ongoing series are wont to do, but so far it hasn't gotten to the "cozy" level of the detective series that run for a dozen volumes.
Jack Lennon, following the events of Collusion, is on his boss's bad list, which means he's constantly getting mandatory night and weekend shifts, called in unexpectedly at the most inconvenient times, all to disrupt his personal life and make him miserable enough to quit or transfer elsewhere, or so they hope. But he's too stubborn to do that, plus he doesn't really have anywhere to go. So one dreary Christmas when he's been forced to leave his daughter with his new girlfriend, he gets a call involving an escaped prostitute, a beaten cop, and a case that drags him into Belfast's seedy underworld, and the collusion with law enforcement we are all too familiar with.
The MacGuffin of this book is Galya Petrova, a young girl trafficked from the Ukraine who kills one of her captors and escapes. This earns her the enmity of the brother of the man she killed, who runs the trafficking ring, but is in fact, despite being a crime lord coke-fiend, a scared little boy whenever his momma calls. His mother, the hard woman who brought him up in the world of organized crime and trafficking women, demands he kill the whore who killed his brother. So Galya is a marked woman. Unfortunately, making matters worse, the first man she comes across, who offers to help her, turns out to be a serial killer.
And that's where Detective Lennon steps into it, trying to find Galya before either her former "employer's" killers do or her captor makes her into another set of keepsakes to bury under his floorboards. Complicating Lennon's life is the continual corruption of his superiors, and a threatening phone call from his old friend the Traveller.
Galya's story wraps up tidily - perhaps a bit too tidily - while Lennon naturally ends the book in even worse shape. I've been enjoying this series quite a lot, as it hasn't run out of steam yet and I'm curious to see whether it will come to a resolution or if Jack Lennon will just keep plugging along as the one honest if imperfect cop in the Belfast police force.
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