Set in Ireland, a young woman from Lithuania, named Gayla, is coerced into coming to Ireland for a chance at a better life. Tinking she will be a nanny, she's sold into a prostitution ring. When one of the men running the ring tries to force himself on her, she resists and kills him in self defense.
Two other men were at the home with the man who was killed Tomas Stazdas. They fear his older brother so take Tomas to a waterway in attempt to dump the body. They plan to kill Galya there but she escapes.
Tomas's brother, Arturas, is a sadistic gangster. He demands that his men find and kill Gayla and anyone who was associated with his brother's death.
A man named Billy Crawford had befriended Gayla. Posing as a customer he tells her that if she escapes, to call him and he'd help.
When she calls Billy, he takes her to his home. He tells her he's a Baptist minister without a church and helps girls like her who haven't lost their souls.
Investigating the case is Det. Inspector Jack Lennon. Soon after taking the case, he learns that there have been other murders.
Stuart Nevel uses description well and it's easy for the reader to place themselves in Gayla's shoes, wondering if there's anyone who will help her.
Not for the squeamish, this is a story so dramatic that the reader needs a few breaks to catch their breath.
I enjoyed the story and feel it places Neville in the rank of a master story teller.