Spend a night of sexual adventure with this gritty, debut thriller.
In a toxic world of lust, lies, and elegant hotels, London’s high-class escorts cater to the carnal appetites of powerful men. It’s a game Stella knows how to play, one that allows her to escape the nightmares of her past. The rules are simple: always leave your client satisfied, don’t get involved, and never disclose your real name. But when a fellow call girl is murdered, the game changes completely. And there’s only one rule—survival.
Once a respected professional, Stella knows how easily men can get away with murder—especially when the victim is a prostitute. Determined to get to the truth, she finds herself sucked into a deadly conflict with some of the world’s most powerful men. But while they may consider themselves above the law, there’s one secret every escort knows: no man is truly untouchable.
High-class escort Grace Thomas (professional name Stella), who narrates British author Marsh's well-executed debut, turns sleuth after a colleague of hers, Eliza (aka Amanda Mansfield), is found murdered in a cheap London hotel room. Grace, who's not naive about her business and helps others by working at a rape crisis center, visits Eliza's romantic partner, Kristen Grainger, with whom Eliza shared a flat. That Eliza paid for the hotel room in advance doesn't make sense to Grace, while Kristen finds it highly suspicious that the police found no DNA evidence at the crime scene. Certain that no client would have killed Eliza, Grace takes her concerns to the police, who offer little sympathy. When Grace probes too deeply, she offends some powerful men, who first offer a gilded carrot and then a brutal stick. Grace's fascinating backstory gradually unfolds, from her divorce to the event that led her to become a prostitute. Readers will want to see more of this unusual heroine.