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  • Published: 16 April 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099552574
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $19.99

Stolen Souls

A nail-biting, terrifying, adrenaline pumping thriller from the writer Lee Child calls 'an exceptional talent' and Mark Billingham a 'crime writing star'

Gayla's only hope is about to turn into her worst nightmare

Tricked into coming to Ireland with the offer of a good job, all Gayla wants to do now is run. As far and as fast as she can. Because her captors are close behind her, and they want her dead - no matter what.

Two people are hunting her...

Crime lord Arturus Strazdas has never had a woman he hasn't paid for and never had a friend who wasn't afraid of him. Now his brother is dead, and he's determined to find - and destroy - the woman responsible.

...And neither one will rest till she is dead

On the other side of the city, Detective Inspector Lennon wants a quiet Christmas with his six year old daughter. But as the bodies start to mount up, he finds himself in a desperate race to save a woman's life, and track down two very dangerous killers.

Stuart Neville's breakneck new thriller

  • Pub date: 16 April 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099552574
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Stuart Neville

Stuart Neville’s first novel, The Twelve, was one of the most critically acclaimed crime debuts of recent years, winning the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for best thriller. Collusion, Stolen Souls, Ratlines (shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger), The Final Silence and Those We Left Behind (a Richard and Judy Book Club choice) have garnered widespread praise, confirming his position as one of the most exciting crime authors writing today.


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Praise for Stolen Souls

“Stolen Souls is a nightmare story in the most noir place on earth, told by an exceptional talent. Crime fiction doesn't get much better than that”

Lee Child

“Stolen Souls offers harrowing, uncompromising suspense”

Val McDermid

“The Twelve was an astonishing debut and Collusion proved it was no fluke. Now with Stolen Souls, Stuart Neville has raised the bar even higher. Gripping, compassionate and packed with wonderfully realised characters, this is a book that will stay with you long after you finish it. Just three books in and Stuart Neville is already a crime-writing star”

Mark Billingham

“Stolen Souls is another winner from a a man who's rapidly establishing himself as a top-notch thriller writer. Great stuff”

Simon Kernick

“Neville creates a break-neck pace as he switches between the story's different strands in punchy chapters...good, grisly fun”

Siobhan Murphy, Metro

“Unputdownable and seriously good. Fasten your seatbelt and climb into this rollercoaster of a book”


“Neville is a master at constructing monsters and this latest is no exception... The best measure of a genre novel is its readability and this one sticks to the hands”

Chris Moss, Time Out

“Stolen Souls shows an unflinching mastery of such dark and disturbing material ... A master at work”

Henry Sutton, Mirror

“This third, beautifully crafted thriller, which brings Inspector Jack Lennon to the fore, confirms [Stuart Neville's] stature as the North's most promising crime fiction talent.”

Irish Independent

“The Irish crime-fiction wave rises to new heights with Stuart Neville's third novel, the tight, telescopic thriller Stolen Souls. The writing here is mature and assured: There are no extraneous words or characters... But where Ellroy writes a furious caldron of nonstop vintage action, one senses a diamond-hard stillness at the heart of Neville's prose, despite the hurtling plot”

Denise Hamilton, Los Angeles Times

“Stuart Neville's mastery of Belfast continues... Spectacularly written”

Marcel Berlins, The Times

“Neville's third outing confirms him as the king of Belfast noir”

John O'Connell, Guardian

“A stir-fry of death and addiction”

Tom Adair, Scotland on Sunday

“Scary, but always humane”

Joan Smith, The Sunday Times

“This guy can write.”

James Ellroy

“Neville has the talent to believably blend the tropes of the crime novel and those of a horror, in the process creating a page-turning thriller akin to a collaboration between John Connolly and Stephen King...”

The Sunday Independent

“A brilliant thriller: unbearably tense, stomach-churningly frightening.”

The Observer

“A no-frills thriller that barrels along at a ferocious pace, pausing only to offer the occasional nod to 1970s paranoid classics such as William Goldman's Marathon Man.”

Declan Burke, Irish Times

“Stuart Neville's third novel effortlessly exceeds the high expectations created by the first two installments... Stuart Neville's latest novel is a thrilling masterpiece. From its gripping and well paced plot to its well defined and intriguing characters, Stolen Souls is a powerful novel, which does not shy away from exploring the new literary landscape for Northern Irish fiction.”

Kellie Chambers, Ulster Tatler

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