Stolen Souls by Stuart Neville
A Jack Lennon Investigation Set in Northern Ireland

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Detective Inspector Jack Lennon of the Belfast Police has watched the developing cooperation between Northern Ireland's Loyalist gangs and immigrant Lithuanian criminals with unease. The Lithuanians traffic women from Eastern Europe and Asia for the Loyalists' brothels, and they're all making big money in spite of the recession that has stopped Northern Ireland's peace boom in its tracks.  Lennon has a more intimate knowledge of the city's brothels than he'll ever admit, but the surge in trafficked girls makes him question his lifestyle, especially considering he has his daughter, Ellen, to care for now.

When a Lithuanian trafficker turns up dead on Christmas Eve with a shard of glass embedded in his throat, Lennon's plans to spend the holiday with Ellen are put in jeopardy. The dead man was the younger brother of a ruthless Lithuanian crime boss, Arturas Strazdas, and the young Ukrainian woman who killed him has escaped her captors.  Now Strazdas holds the Loyalists responsible and won't let up until everyone involved has paid. A bloody gang war erupts across the city.

Meanwhile, somewhere in Belfast, Galya, the Ukrainian girl, is running for her life, alone and scared, clinging to the darkest corners as the frozen streets empty for the holiday. Galya's captors told her how the police deal with illegal immigrants, that she is a criminal in a foreign land, and the law will not help her. And now she is also a murderer. She cannot be discovered by anyone, not the cops, not the gang who held her prisoner. There is only one person she can go to: a man she met on her first day as a prostitute, a friend who gave her a crucifix and an address to run to if she ever got away. He'd saved four prostitutes before her, he's told her, and she can be his fifth. But when Galya arrives at the address, she finds something more evil than she had ever imagined.
 

About Stuart Neville

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Stuart Neville is a partner in a multimedia design business based in Armagh, northern Ireland. This novel, also known as The Twelve in the UK and Ireland, is the first in a series.
 
Published October 4, 2011 by Soho Crime. 369 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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At the start of Neville’s accomplished third thriller featuring Belfast Det. Insp. Jack Lennon (after Collusion), Galya Petrova, a 19-year-old Ukrainian girl, kills Tomas Strazdas, brother of notoriou

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Jack Lennon (after Collusion), Galya Petrova, a 19-year-old Ukrainian girl, kills Tomas Strazdas, brother of notorious Lithuanian crime boss Arturas Strazdas, in self-defense.

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Stuart Neville's third novel is a masterpiece of hard-edged, fast-paced Irish crime fiction about a Ukrainian sex slave's desperate bid to elude sinister forces.

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Reviewing the Evidence

It's always a tricky call for an author to know when to reveal the identity of the killer or whether to try – often by increasingly artificial means – to keep readers in the dark, and Neville strikes a decent balance in that respect.

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Mysterious Reviews

Review: A young woman, lured from Eastern Europe to Northern Ireland with the promise of steady employment, finds herself the target of three men — only one of whom wants to help her — in Stolen Souls, the second Detective Inspector Jack Lennon investigation by Stuart Neville.

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Scotsman.com

Neville peppers his prose with details – street names, weapons knowledge, the modus operandi of cops and criminals – sounding streetwise without betraying a whiff of research.

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Curious Book Fans

Stolen Souls is the third novel from Stuart Neville to feature Jack Lennon.

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