From Publishers Weekly
In Marshall's absorbing fourth Hidden Manhattan mystery (after March 2010's Dark Alley), sanitation garage supervisor Anna Winthrop is looking forward to a long visit from second cousin Patti Fairchild, a recent Cincinnati high school grad not yet interested in college. Meanwhile, Nettie Clouchet, Anna's nervous upstairs neighbor and "ghost blogger" journo, is researching Anna for her proposed book on New York City women of achievement. Soon after Anna sells a roll-top desk to Ukrainian Grigori Sidorov to make room for Patti, a striking young woman who was waiting in Grigori's truck outside Anna's apartment building drops a note on the sidewalk reading "help me," then hops in a cab. Anna and her boyfriend, NYPD officer Santos Reyes, can't ignore this distress message--and neither can Nettie. The suspense mounts as Anna seeks the elusive young woman in this fresh if sometimes sad tale of human trafficking with a goofy Stepford Wives twist. (Nov.) (c)
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When Grigori picks up a desk that Anna Winthrop is selling, Anna sees a beautiful young woman in his truck. Later Anna finds the girl has dropped a piece of paper that says “Help Me” on it. When Anna sees this young woman, Eva, later at dinner with a prominent doctor, she tries to intervene to help her but is stopped by restaurant staff. When Eva’s body is pulled from the Hudson River, Anna, along with her police-officer boyfriend, becomes even more determined to find out what happened. Meanwhile, in the Ukraine, Irena goes undercover and allows herself to be abducted in order to find her sister, who has come to the U.S. for a job but has since disappeared. Anna and Irena ultimately stop a horrifying enterprise that involves bringing beautiful young women to the U.S. to sell to the highest bidder. Fast pacing, effective plot twists, sympathetic characters, and multiple points of view combine for a compelling story. --Sue O'Brien