Stolen Innocence is the second of the Jake Hunter series of mystery suspense novels. Finding the body of a beautiful young teenage girl launches Fort Worth Police Detective Jake Hunter and his partner, Billy Sanders, into an investigation that pulls them into a world of human trafficking where power brokers buy and sell human beings like cattle. What started out as a suspected runaway escalates into a high speed ride through massage parlors, brothels and human holding centers. Hunter and his team combine forces with Texas Ranger's Detective Connor Barkley as the case expands across several Texas cities.
Together, the team follows a trail of evidence and ex-cons discovering that their one victim is connected with multiple others. Their investigation leads them to suspects with big Texas money and connections all the way to the State House. The story highlights the evils associated with an industry that treats people like commodities, how that impacts society as a whole and how the media shapes perceptions and distorts reality. The action never stops as the team is racing not only to solve the original murder but to rescue the ongoing victims.
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