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The Woman Who Stopped Traffic

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  114 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Librarian Note: Alternate/new cover edition for ASIN# B00DTK198U.

Be careful who your friends are ... It’s the dawn of social media; Facebook is unknown and World of Warcraft is the world's biggest online game. An unhinged Hungarian-American Internet magnate is trying to take over it all, using soon-to-IPO web sensation But nefarious content is coming to light on
Kindle Edition, 2nd edition, 254 pages
Published November 10th 2013 (first published July 6th 2013)
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In the age of computers, fanatic gamers, fanatic social networkers, where an IPO of a web based corporation brings incredibly high dollars to the table, the plot behind The Woman Who Stopped Traffic by talented author Daniel Pembrey is sure to resonate with more than just mystery lovers! Could a gaming platform be used to traffic sex slaves to the highest bidder? Could an upstart social network become another portal to the sleaze of child sexual abuse? We’ve all heard of accounts being hacked, t ...more
Wanda Hartzenberg
Dec 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Honestly. This is not a bad read. But...
It is a slow book in part with too much detail giving to the tech and not near enough to the main protagonists.
The tech part is still totally relatable to the average reader and for that the author won some points.
The murder mystery prart left me puzzled at times. Huge jumps in logic is expected from the reader.
On the positive side I never felt as if I wanted to leave the book and write a dnf. This is possibly simply not my cuppa.

I received this copy f
Viktoria Michaelis
Imagine, if you will, a brand new social media site which allows you to keep up with friends and family, create groups, publicize your own life and which have over three hundred fifty million active users. Of course, we all have one specific site in mind, but this one is meant to be different. How different it is we are not told in Daniel Pembrey's new work, but different enough that there is a lot of interest in the forthcoming IPO, with many high-ranking investors prepared to put money into it ...more
Clare O'Beara
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: america-crime, i-t
A social site is about to have a share launch and investors are shocked to see that its pages include ads for sex trafficking of underage girls. The owners, just as shocked, hire a security consultant Natalie Chevalier. Then the firm's own head of security is found dead, and Natalie gets his job, whether she wants it or not. She finds a Russian link to all the ad pages and their visitors but the site is based in San Francisco, the girls are from Asia. What can she do to stop this vile traffic? A ...more
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
*Book source ~ NetGalley

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It’s the dawn of social media; Facebook is unknown and World of Warcraft is the world's biggest online game. An unhinged Hungarian-American Internet magnate is trying to take over it all, using soon-to-IPO web sensation But nefarious content is coming to light on the Clamor social networking site, pointing to sex trafficking.

Enter Natalie Chevalier, glamorous ex-Head of Security at a large Seattle software company... with a father she never knew,
Rob Core
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Natalie Chevalier is an IT professional.
Strange things are afoot, which leads her to uncover conspiracy, chicanery, murder and human trafficking.

This book wants to be The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
It's not.

Pembry is a bit of a gadget fan - he makes a point to note the highly specific branding of every piece of technology (electronic, automotive, etc.) that appears in the book.

It almost read as if he was paid for product placement. It took me right out of the story each time I noticed it.
He als
Nov 26, 2014 rated it liked it
I was fortune enough to meet and spend some time with author Daniel Pembrey while in line to get our books signed by Michael Connelly at this year's Bouchercon. Pembrey is a delightful fellow and listened to the suggestion of my fellow fan, Susan, an me that he not use one of his publicity photos because he is so much better looking than the photo. He then gave both of us a copy of "The Woman," and I promised to read the book and let him know what I thought.

"The Woman" is a real pager turner, de
Jade - Louise
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgallery, reviewed
This ebook was given in exchange for an honest review by Net Gallery

Not my favourite book, and not essentially a favourite read. That being said i did find the book to be interesting in the way that it features sex trafficking of young girls as a main basis for the book but not passing it off as one. It also features several deaths, all at the hands of a member of the organisation 'Clamor'. And also an online rpg similar to World of Warcraft which serves as a way of trafficking and 'buying' the
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
I was really looking forward to reading this book after having read the reviews on amazon but was left disappointed.

It was a slow start and I did not finish the book. The concept of the story was great but there were too many characters all crammed into the first 5 chapters which after a while I got confused or even forgot who a specific character was.

It takes me around 3-4 days to finish a book. This book was taking a long time and was just dragging on so I decided to stop reading it.
Mar 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book because it had all the aspects of a techno-thriller that usually attract me - cyberpunk and philosophical references, technology, and social issues - but no. There was way too much complicated detail about venture capitalism and stock options. And the story tried to combine too many different elements (the stock market, human trafficking, massive online multi-player gaming)which resulted in a confusing and outlandish story.
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
I received this book free from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

I really wanted to like this book, but however, it did not happen for me. I tried several times to get into and just could not do so.

Laurie Strebe
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good read. Was hard to put down at times. I have given this to a co-worker so I can't give away to many details but I am going to re-read this once I get it back!
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Woman Who Stopped Traffic by Daniel Pembrey
Rating **** 4/5

A novel featuring Social Media and Internet Gaming and how it’s sinister side is used for the sex trafficking of young girls and ultimately their sale online. Lo and behold anyone who stands in the way of these people and their profits.

Daniel Pembrey uses his knowledge and research to give different dimensions to his novel from the slightly flawed characters of Natalie Chevalier, a Head of Security who had to take time out for spiritu
Angie Boyter
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it

Natalie Chevalier is enjoying the spectacle at the presentation for prospective investors in the IPO of tech sensation (a fictional Facebook ), when a singularly unscheduled video interrupts the presentation and threatens to torpedo the IPO and the financial fortunes of the people involved. The beautiful Natalie, former head of security for a Seattle tech firm, had been invited to the presentation as the guest of her friend Tom Nguen, a former colleague who is now an executive at Clamo
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
There is no doubt that Daniel Pembrey the author of The Woman Who Stopped Traffic is well informed about the beginning of the internet mania and the computer craze as well as the workings of Wall Street insofar as Start-Ups and IPO's go. He writes easily and authoritatively about these subjects, which is not always easy to do when communicating this information in a story plot. Since this story begins with taking the subject of this novel, Clamor.US, public to investors, it's important that the ...more
Jan 03, 2014 added it
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Title: The Woman Who Stopped Traffic
Author: Daniel Pembray
Rating: 3/5

This is the story of Natalie Chevalier as she becomes Head of Security for the company, a Facebook-like website with a dark connection to sex trafficking. It fits the mystery and thriller genre quite well and does have echoes of Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, as many reviewers before me have pointed out. This story involves crimes and murders ready to be solved behind many well-researched technica
Jan 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Set in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, The Woman Who Stopped Traffic by Daniel Pembrey centers around social media company, Clamor, as the founders prepare for an IPO. At a pre-IPO presentation, a profile of a underage girl who is the victim of sex trafficking is accidentally projected to potential investors and press. The company hires Natalie Chevalier, security systems expert, to figure out what is going on. As people are murdered and fighting at the company increases, Natalie must race to f ...more
Jane Hunt
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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The Woman Who Stopped Traffic is a clever, contemporary, fast-paced thriller with a realistic edge. This first chapter is pivotal to the events that unfold. Read it carefully to fully appreciate what follows.

After a work place affair led to a scandal Natalie Chevalier ditched her role as a corporate technology security expert in favour of the good life in the Bahamas meditating and teaching yoga. a hugely popular social
Paris Carter
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After being attacked by ads depicting underage women for sale, calls in Natalee to help the security team help the problem, so they can get more investors for their upcoming change to an IPO. But when the head of security is killed things turn for the worse, as Natalee and her coworkers try and figure out the puzzle with the help of the FBI between the sudden death and the sex trafficking adverts.
The Woman Who Stopped Traffic is centered on Natalee an alluring orphan, who recently mo
Tom Donaghey
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
THE WOMAN WHO STOPPED TRAFFIC by Daniel Pembrey is not everything I had hoped for. This story, set in the past where World Of Warcraft is the biggest online game and dating sites are just emerging, concerns the period around the largest social networking site,, is about to do an IPO, potentially reaping billions of dollars along the way.
But beneath the façade of the site there is a sex-trafficking scheme that uses as a cover. Enter, reluctantly, IT Security savant Natalie C
Christine Blachford
This is the story of a former technology security officer who is called back from a yoga retreat in the Bahamas to investigate the potential undoing of a young startup company about to undergo its IPO. There are a lot of technical parts to this story that make it quite unweildy and difficult to follow in places. There's also a bit of a mismatch between which parts are explained and which aren't.

Delving into topics like online roleplaying games, hacking, the murky world of technology companies an
Shannon L. Gonzalez
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Woman Who Stopped Traffic
By Daniel Pembrey

A glimpse into the techno-corporate world rife with espionage, murder and mayhem!

The Woman Who Stopped Traffic has multiple layers that create a dramatic storyline of suspense. When security consultant Natalie Chevalier is contracted to look into disturbing groups of a social media site, her life is put in danger. More mayhem ensues as she goes further down the rabbit hole of the investigation.

When the reader thinks they have the malefactor figured
John Boettcher
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This techno-thriller combines the technical prowace of an early Neal Stephenson and the thematic skill of Stieg Larsson.

This thriller, set in Silicon Valley, California goes through the dealings, politics, financial dealings and ultimately, murder and a bit of mayhem, which will keep you reading right up to the last page, and hopefully, beyond.

The books is technical enough to stimulate the minds of the techie and the financial enthusiast without loosing the casual reader in an overbearing amou
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The plot has it all: social media, WoW-style game, hacking, IPOs, murder, human trafficking... and that's perhaps rather more than the plot can handle comfortably. Any one or 2- or even 3- of these could fit together to make a very tight, exciting plot... but here, they distract from each other.

I could see a solid plot involving social media, human trafficking, and an IPO. I could see one involving the online game, murder, and human trafficking. Or pretty much any combo of the above. But- when t
Tania Godwin-evans
Not what I was expecting from the title; yet having read the first chapter and being a compulsive book finisher I continued and was glad that I did. The traffic mentioned in the title was not the type of traffic that this was expecting.

This book took ages to get going with vast majority of the book concentrating on the world of computers, namely internet sites, search engines, multi-user online gaming, IPOs, and investment banking to name but a few. There was loads of technical information, and
Heath Henwood
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
The Woman Who Stopped Traffic follows IT security consultant Natalie Chevalier as she follows the leads to of murder and corporate interference in a soon to go public, on-line, social networking firm.
With an unexpected view of the human trafficking public displayed at a corporate launch, Natalie is trust into the dark world of human trafficking and corporate politics.

This is typical murder mystery set in the 21st century, with a politically correct heroine that can outwit in the final pages the
Jay Williams
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This thriller is a beautifully-written book that tells the story of a real woman with all her good and bad shown. Every character is interesting, and they constitute a menagerie of many different types. From the aging hippies to the senior techie with Asperger's,to the financial manager with misgivings, Pembrey is spot-on with the details and the personalities. I have visited most all the sites where action takes place, and I was captivated by the accuracy of the descriptions and the ambiance. P ...more
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
A thrilling read! A social media company is about to go public when it is discovered they are connected to sex trafficking through an online role playing game, similar to World of Warcraft. Natalie joins as a consultant and attempts to find the people behind the scenes.

I totally enjoyed this book, even more than Mr. Pembrey's first book! It came very close to 5 stars, in my book! It was very hard to put down and the action was fast and furious. I did find one part to be very slightly confusing.
Jan 22, 2014 rated it liked it
The Woman Who Stopped Traffic is a suspense novel set in the world of big money and social media. Daniel Pembrey writes as if he understands both arenas. There is the hint of a story within a story when the main character, Natalie, engages in a mega-player game. For the reader who understands the process of entering an IPO into the stock market, there is a very exciting sequence of events and clues. For gaming enthusiasts, the leaking of fantasy into reality is fun. And for people concerned abou ...more
Aug 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Can i just say that this book was written by one of my favorite authors

Daniel pembrey.

And once again he has succeeded in making a amazing book.

First off the story-line:

I found it very interesting.

It's a book what makes me think (and i mean that as a compliment)

And like the other books i have read by Daniel pembrey, i couldn't put it down, the only time i put the book down, is when i had classes.

I love Daniel pembrey's books.

And this book i will continue to read.


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Daniel Pembrey grew up in Nottinghamshire, England — beside Sherwood Forest. He studied history at Edinburgh University and spent over a decade working in America and more recently Luxembourg, coming to rest in Amsterdam and London — dividing his time now between these two great maritime cities. He is the author of the Henk van der Pol detective series and several short thriller stories, and he co ...more