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)
A man's got to do what a man's got to do..
I love Adrian McKinty . He is probably the top "noir" writer outside US and one of the very best across the board.. Having read all of McKinty's books , the next "natural" step was to try another noir by an Irish writer (read by the very impressive Gerald Doyle). ..Big mistake ! The atmosphere is the same , the story outline not so different, but the comparison between the writing of McKinty and the one of Stuart Neville is so striking that i grew disappointed after the first few chapters.
All black cats are not alike...
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.
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