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Stolen Souls (Jack Lennon #3)

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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 trafficke
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Published October 4th 2011 by Soho Crime (first published January 1st 2011)
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Chrissa Vasileiou
Oct 07, 2016 Chrissa Vasileiou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
Διαβάστε την κριτική μου για το βιβλίο στον παρακάτω σύνδεσμο:
Eva Maraki
Oct 09, 2016 Eva Maraki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Είναι οι "κλεμμένες ψυχές "απλά ένα αστυνομικό μυθιστόρημα;Πολύ απλα όχι.Είναι ένα βιβλίο πολυδιάστατο.Μια περιπέτεια στο μουντο Μπέλφαστ που παίρνει σάρκα&οστα με τη δυνατή πένα του Neville&θίγει ένα βαθιά κοινωνικό θέμα.Το εμποριο λευκης σαρκός,που εξευτελίζει την ανθρώπινη αξιοπρέπεια&σε ωθεί να σκεφτεις ποσο αδυσώπητα απάνθρωπος είναι ο κόσμος μας.Ο επιθεωρητής Τζακ Λένον παραμονές Χριστουγεννων θέλει να περασει τις γιορτές με την κόρη του.Όμως ο πόλε
Oct 11, 2015 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third in the series which doesn’t form part of a trilogy but instead narrates a standalone tale with Inspector Jack Lennon being the lead investigator in a murder on Christmas Eve in Belfast which then morphs into a further double homicide, then suspected gang warfare between the Lithuanian interlopers & the local remnants of a UDF gang. There’s reference to the ongoing story which was started in book 1 & keenly followed in the 2nd of the series.

It’s a cracking series & there ar
Feb 19, 2015 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, crime, read_2015
I love books that immediately immerse me within their pages. Opening chapters, lines, or paragraphs are paramount to making that first up reader impression and in STOLEN SOULS the opening was vice-grip like:

"Blood hot on her hands. Red. The brightest red Gayla had ever seen. Her mind tilted, her vision disappearing down a black tunnel."

And the momentum carried through until the very end.

The third Jack Lennon book continues to distance the series from the opening installment, THE TWELVE, all but
This time Lennon gets caught up with Lithuanian mobsters and sex trafficking. I've read several of these NI thrillers and when immigrants from the former USSR, or Eastern Europe are featured, they wonder how they ended up in a place that is worse than home. The intricacies of NI society and history baffle and maybe even bore them. This story is well wrought, and Lennon comes off as a hero, rescuing trafficked women, and trying to balance his job with caring for a young daughter who his in-laws ...more
Sep 15, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it
Gritty, violent, and fast paced. The human trafficking storyline is realistic and heartbreaking.

It's not as good as Ghosts of Belfast, which is one of my favorites. But the characters are well drawn... strong with weaknesses, flawed and likeable and sympathetic.

Switched between Kindle reading and Audible listening. Loved listening to the native Irish reader, Gerard Doyle. It lent even more realism to the tale.
May 08, 2016 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: good cops who make lousy days, girls in basements, coke-fiend momma's boys
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 shit list, which means he's constantly getting mandatory night and weekend shifts, called in unexpectedly at the most inc
Dec 19, 2011 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having thoroughly enjoyed Collusion, Stuart Neville's second novel, I was thrilled to be offered the chance to review a proof copy of his third and latest novel, Stolen Souls and what a page-turner it is!

Galya hoped for a new life in Ireland, a better life than her old existence in the Ukraine but she soon finds herself enmeshed in the grimy underworld of Belfast, on the run from Lithuanian gangsters. The man she thinks might save her has other plans for her "salvation" but she won't give up wit
Oct 22, 2011 Tony rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers
STOLEN SOULS. (2011). Stuart Neville. ****.
Neville is yet another terrific thriller writer from Ireland. This is his third novel, and continues his saga of Belfast cop Jack Lennon. This time out, Lennon gets involved with a group that brings in women from Latvia and forces them to become prostitutes. One of them, however, manages to escape from her captors. Her name is Galya Petrova, and she made the trip from Kiev to Brussels to Belfast. Her expectations were that she would work for a well-to-
Susan Johnson
Oct 04, 2011 Susan Johnson rated it it was amazing
You'd think that Northern Ireland had enough troubles without importing them but that's exactly what happens in this fast paced, action packed thriller. Lithuanian gangster, Arturas Strazdas, has set up a scheme to con young Eastern European girls into coming to Ireland for high paying jobs such as nannies but are actually turned into slave call girls. One of the girls, Galya, has some gumption and murders Strazdas' brother and escapes. Unfortunately, her "savior" puts her into an even scarier ...more
Gloria Feit
Apr 08, 2012 Gloria Feit rated it really liked it
After two previous harrowing D.I. Jack Lennon novels set in the time of the Troubles in Belfast and Northern Ireland, “Stolen Souls” centers instead on the subject of sex trafficking. A young woman lured from the Ukraine with the promise of working with a family, teaching its children English, instead ends up in a brothel from which she escapes only to wind up in mortal danger at the hands of a madman.

To get out of the brothel she murders the brother of a powerful gangster, setting off a chain o
Ann Collette
Nov 06, 2011 Ann Collette rated it liked it
Thanks to Stuart Neville's snappy prose and snappier pacing, cliched characters and a predictable plot are turned on end, with the result being a zippy if forgettable take on familiar material. Investigating a murder, Detective Inspector Jack Lennon stumbles across a case where a young woman from the Ukraine has been kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery in Belfast. And if that weren't enough bad luck for the woman in question, she finds herself rescued from forced prostitution by a serial ...more
Sam Reaves
Jan 26, 2015 Sam Reaves rated it liked it
Belfast is a great setting for a crime novel, with its tribal grudges, fuzzy demarcation between crime and politics, and general seediness. In the age of globalization it is also home to a colorful array of international criminal entrepreneurs. Stuart Neville knows the territory and employs it to great effect.
A poor but ambitious Ukrainian girl is lured to Northern Ireland on the promise of a job; as might be expected the job eventually involves sitting on a bed waiting to be broken in by a pim
Dec 12, 2011 Steve rated it really liked it
This is the third thriller written by Stuart Neville and he does it very well. He is able to combine that genre very successfully with a good degree of character development and background. His characters are memorable in the midst of all that fast paced action. Excellent writing and enjoyable reading. His series should be read in the order in which they were written to get the most out of it, starting with the excellent The Ghosts of Belfast.

I would put Neville's books a good notch above the r
Kit Fox
Feb 27, 2012 Kit Fox rated it really liked it
Neville's first novel was mind-blowingly amazing and still one of the best recent crime novels I've read in years; by comparison, I was a little let down by the followup mostly since it came in the wake of such an amazing beginning. His third book kinda splits the difference, but skewed a little towards the second. Kinda wasn't nuts about it becoming a cop procedural series, especially since his original protagonist was such a fascinating character. Will probably stick with this series for a ...more
Jan 07, 2012 Kalen rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012-reads
I've been a big, big fan of Neville's but this third book pales in comparison to the other two. I found the plot to be utterly confusing, with far too much going on between far too many people, with one gaping hole in the story (hit me if you want to discuss--avoiding a spoiler.) This one is also the most brutal and graphic of the three. I don't necessarily have a problem with that, it just took me somewhat by surprise.

I'm curious to see what he comes up with next, but I was not, sadly, in love
Mary Lou
Nov 27, 2015 Mary Lou rated it really liked it
Shelves: irish-crime
This is another stunning page turner from Stuart Neville. As with his other books, this is not for the faint hearted, it contains as much violence as is possible to stand. The villains get enough background story to allow for understanding, maybe not sympathy. All with the bonus of local South Belfast settings.
It’s hard to know what’s next for Jack Lennon, who is only just keeping ahead of the pack
Vasilis Kalandaridis
May 31, 2016 Vasilis Kalandaridis rated it really liked it
Το περίμενα πως και πως.Το τρίτο βιβλιο του Neville μετά τα Φαντάσματα του Μπέλφαστ και τη Συνομωσία της Φωτιάς ειναι άλλο ενα κοκτέιλ δράσης,τρόμου και ξέφρενου ρυθμού.Παλι στο Μπέλφαστ,εμπόριο λευκής σαρκός,διαφθορά στην αστυνομία,τέτοια πράματα.
Billy Buttons
Aug 23, 2013 Billy Buttons rated it liked it
yes this book was good. I never read stuart nevilles books and thought this gripped my attention on every chapter. The chapters were short and made me want to read the next one to see what happens next.
Nov 11, 2016 Mainer207 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, kindle
This started out slowly for me. I like Jack and there was always the overhanging issue of his daughter and whether he would keep his promises to her. This kept me on the edge of my seat more so than the investigation and the stories involved in that.

The synopsis is available elsewhere. I enjoy the author's style and the settings play a big part in this series. The narration is excellent and that helped get me through the slow parts at the beginning.

The end is a bit of a cliffhanger but I think
Nov 30, 2011 Marleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That rating should read 4.5 stars.

Galya is a girl from Ukraine, tricked into coming to Ireland with promises of a good job, she found herself slaving on a mushroom farm before she was taken into Belfast to be groomed into becoming a hooker.
When a Lithuanian gangster tries to force himself on her in order to “break her in”, she kills him and shortly afterwards finds herself on the run from his friends who want their revenge. Afraid and in a city where she knows nothing and no-one her only hope i
Ian Young
Feb 12, 2012 Ian Young rated it really liked it
Stolen Souls is the third novel from Stuart Neville to feature Jack Lennon. Stolen Souls is set in post-conflict North of Ireland, theoretically at peace but with members of paramilitary organizations continuing with various criminal enterprises. The previous books in the series dealt mainly with the aftermath and consequences of various IRA actions, but in Stolen Souls the subject matter is different, dealing with trafficking of prostitutes by Eastern European gangsters and their collaboration ...more
Oct 23, 2011 Alla rated it it was amazing
“Stolen Souls” by Stuart Neville follows Galya Petrova, a Ukrainian teenager brought to Belfast, Ireland under false pretenses and made to work as a call girl after working on a mushroom farm, as she murders her very first client—Tomas Strazdas, the brother of the man who runs the whole ring—and escapes from the two thugs assigned to guard her, before getting herself into yet more trouble.

Parallel to Galya’s escape, we follow the story of Detective Inspector Jack Lennon, as he is assigned to inv
Oct 14, 2011 Larraine rated it really liked it
There has been a subset in crime fiction called Tartan Noir .This growing group of writers have changed the face of British crime fiction in many ways. It is darker, more violent but with some black humor thrown in. I found one reference to Irish Noir in a Google search. If you follow the link you will find that there is a "boom (or at least a boomlet anyway) in Irish Crime fiction."

Stuart Neville is a good example of that growing boom of Irish noir crime writers and one of the more recently pu
Rutul Gandhi
Nov 27, 2013 Rutul Gandhi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book that starts off kinda slow to introduce the characters, but the end is so fast-paced I found myself flying through the pages.

Now, I won't go into the synopsis, because that's readily available in the book description, but I will talk about my opinion of the story - without any spoilers. I always enjoy a story about a good serial killer, and this one doesn't disappoint. That being said, there wasn't anything about him that distinguished him a lot from other serial killers - as in he doesn
Sid Nuncius
Dec 16, 2015 Sid Nuncius rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It is the first of Stuart Neville's I have read and although there are references to what has gone before in Inspector Jack Lennon's history, it isn't necessary to have read the previous two.

It's a good story involving Eastern European gangs and people smuggling and an unexpected plot generated from this which I won't spoil. Neville creates very believable characters, he paces his story well and the dialogue in particular is excellently done. He generates a very powerful sen
Set in Belfast, Ireland, a young woman from Lithuania named Gayla is coerced into coming to Ireland thinking she'll have a better life as a nanny. However, she's put into hard labor at a farm and then sold into prostitution. When the people running the house of prostitution try to force her into sex acts and one of them is drunk and about to rape her, she kills him in self defense.

Two men were in the home of the murdered man, Tomas Stazdas. They fear his older brother so try to dump his body in
Nov 13, 2011 Doug rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I was fortunate enough to recieve a copy of this book through the First Reads program. Thanks Goodreads!! Stolen Souls is the third book in the Detective Jack Lennon series (after The Ghosts of Belfast and Collusion). I gave the first two books five stars and was tempted to give this one four since I didn't feel that it had quite the intensity of the others. After some reflection, however, I decided that the first two books were so extraordinary that it would have been nearly impossible to ...more
Feb 02, 2015 Roybot rated it liked it
I think that my expectations for the Jack Lennon series were perhaps a little too high. Reading The Final Silence first created a false impression of what the rest of the books might be like. Ghosts of Belfast, while a huge departure, was also excellent. Sadly, Collusion and Stolen Souls don't quite live up to the high bar set by the other two books.

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Jun 02, 2012 Jacqui rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller-mystery
I recently had the pleasure of reading Stuart Neville's novel "Stolen Souls". The plot settles around a sixteen year old Ukrainian girl who was raised on a farm. Recent family financial problems force her to seek employment in order to help her family avoid losing their farm. Galya, the Ukrainian girl, believes she is accepting a job teaching English to a Russian family living in Belfast, Ireland. The ugly and terrible truth is that she has been sold to a brothel and forced into the world of ...more
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