When a battered young woman arrives secretly at her free clinic, only to die minutes later, clinic director Alex Harrington suddenly finds herself in the terrifying world of human trafficking, and everything she thought about her life turns out to be untrue. Her determination to find the people responsible for the woman's death sends her on a journey that will take her from swanky Southern country clubs to seamy Mexican cartel compounds, confronting double-dealing lawyers and vicious gang members, and she learns that sometimes it is the most innocent and ordinary places that hide the most terrible secrets. ... Alex Harrington's gentile Southern world shatters when two strangers drag her from a tourist bus while on vacation in Mexico City. She wakes on a grit-covered cement floor, head throbbing, looking up into the terrified faces of a dozen women and the brutal world of human trafficking. Alex manages to escape, and returns to run her free clinic in North Carolina, haunted by the faces of the women she was unable to save. When a severely battered woman seeks refuge at her clinic, only to die moments later, Alex learns that human traffickers don't exist only in Mexico. They are operating even in her hometown, targeting her, and she has no idea why. Brutal Silence is dedicated to all those who work heroically to combat human trafficking. Proceeds from the book will go to benefit their efforts.