“Satisfying and deeply unsettling, The Slave is part urban thriller, part examination of how we treat our fellow humans, and as a bonus, is blessed with a fantastic soundtrack.” - Robert Ryan
“Excellent thriller about compassion, community, sex-trafficking and friendship. London in its microcosmic worlds is beautifully described.” - Amanda Craig
A young loner visits a prostitute and pays for thirty minutes of her time. It's as simple as that.
As he leaves, she lets him know she's no prostitute at all. She's a captive, a prisoner, and she begs him to help. What should he do? Go to the police? How can he go to the police? He would be arrested. He has unwittingly committed a serious crime: paying for sex with a trafficked woman, a 'controlled' woman.
Besides, the police could not free her. Such women are held in detention before being deported - often straight back into the hands of the traffickers.
What do you think of such a man, who pays to use a woman's body? Has he done anything wrong? And what do you think he should do now?
The man is Neil Chapman and the woman is Liliana Petreanu. The Slave is the story of what Neil eventually does, and what happens to Liliana as a result.
And there's the impossible dilemma faced by Bernard Kassin, the respectable, law-abiding older neighbour, an observant Jew and a lover of community, to whom Neil turns desperately for help.
The Slave is a story about freedom and slavery, consent and coercion, law and lawlessness, in a quiet London suburb where such things really do happen.
The Slave, by Andrew Sanger
COMMENT & REVIEWS
Excellent thriller about compassion, community, sex-trafficking and friendship. London in its microcosmic worlds is beautifully described. - AMANDA CRAIG (best-selling novelist)
Satisfying and deeply unsettling, The Slave is part urban thriller, part examination of how we treat our fellow humans and, as a bonus, is blessed with a fantastic soundtrack. - ROBERT RYAN (best-selling novelist)
A light shed on lawlessness in the city's suburbs. - HAMPSTEAD & HIGHGATE EXPRESS (London)
Mixes the themes of the thriller with a humane and perceptive writing style... and sympathetic attentiveness to common humanity. - JEWISH CHRONICLE (London)
One of the best modern novels about London, The Slave is also a timely and poignant piece about private and public morality and an uncompromising drama on the modern horror of human trafficking. - LAURENCE PHILLIPS (author, playwright, journalist)
The Slave is not really about trafficking. It's about the contemporary world's cultural problem as societies fragment and mingle. Differences in religious and secular belief thread through the book, and above all, the decay of law and order. - HAROLD CHAPMAN (award-winning photographer)
A nightmare world, taking place behind closed doors in ordinary London streets. It's easy to tell that the author is in love with one of the world's great cities, and his portraits of incidents late at night leap off the page. - MIKE GERRARD (author, journalist)
A proper page-turner. We learn about the shocking goings-on behind the curtains of a leafy London neighbourhood. All in all a cracking read that will stay in the mind for a long time to come. Highly recommended. - ANDY JAROSZ (journalist)