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by Linda Howell Betz

Estelle Prebilica, the daughter of devout Croatian immigrants, is desperate. She’s abandoned the tenets of her strict, old-world upbringing to pursue a forbidden outsider, and now her husband is gone and her parents are dead. With no place to go, she turns to the person she hates most, her mother-in-law—the Madam of a thriving brothel. The naïve teenage mother stumbles headlong into a terrifying journey through the lurid world of organized crime—drugs, prostitution, and murder.


Her escape drives her into the arms of the charismatic Jerry Bradley and finally the mysterious Frank Moretti, but is it rescue or a trap more dangerous than the one she left behind? As her life spirals out of control, Estelle drags her innocent children along with her. Can anything stop the fall?

Book Type: Softcover

Size: 6″ x 9″

Pages: 362

ISBN: 978-0-9856033-6-6


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About Linda Howell Betz

Linda Howell Betz is a descendant of Croatian immigrants who settled in the community of Strawberry Hill in Kansas City, Kansas. As a child, she loved visiting her grandparents’ home and listening to stories from the “old country”—her grandparents were captivating storytellers.


Linda enjoys spending time with her family and adores her four children, seven grandchildren, and the others she’s taken into her heart and claimed as her own. She currently resides in Raytown, Missouri.