Review: Stolen Souls by Stuart Neville
Harvill Secker, £12.99
When Galya arrived in Ireland from her native Ukraine she was looking forward to a promised job as a hotel receptionist; instead she was imprisoned on a mushroom farm and then taken to be broken in as a sex worker in a Belfast brothel run by a vicious and unbalanced Lithuanian crime boss.
But Galya escapes, and in the violent aftermath of her bid for freedom bodies begin to pile up and the case falls to Detective Inspector Jack Lennon, a man with plenty of his own demons to contend with.
Stuart Neville arrived on the scene with a bang with The Twelve a couple of years ago, and this third, beautifully crafted thriller, which brings Inspector Jack Lennon to the fore, confirms his stature as the North's most promising crime fiction talent.