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London. A city where no-one feels safe and one man's crime is another man's justice. A paedophile is brutally murdered in his own home, and to protect other known offenders the police must haul the families of their victims down to the station for questioning. It's just another day in the life of D. I. Will Wagstaffe; better known to friends and enemies alike as Staffe. In London. A city where no-one feels safe and one man's crime is another man's justice. A paedophile is brutally murdered in his own home, and to protect other known offenders the police must haul the families of their victims down to the station for questioning. It's just another day in the life of D. I. Will Wagstaffe; better known to friends and enemies alike as Staffe. In this case nothing is simple, least of all Staffe's personal life. There's heartache from Sylvie, his estranged lover, and the dark shadow of Jessop, his mentor. And as he digs for answers into the grime of the city he finds the boundaries between right and wrong have been blurred, but the main question remains: just how far would you go to protect your children?


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London. A city where no-one feels safe and one man's crime is another man's justice. A paedophile is brutally murdered in his own home, and to protect other known offenders the police must haul the families of their victims down to the station for questioning. It's just another day in the life of D. I. Will Wagstaffe; better known to friends and enemies alike as Staffe. In London. A city where no-one feels safe and one man's crime is another man's justice. A paedophile is brutally murdered in his own home, and to protect other known offenders the police must haul the families of their victims down to the station for questioning. It's just another day in the life of D. I. Will Wagstaffe; better known to friends and enemies alike as Staffe. In this case nothing is simple, least of all Staffe's personal life. There's heartache from Sylvie, his estranged lover, and the dark shadow of Jessop, his mentor. And as he digs for answers into the grime of the city he finds the boundaries between right and wrong have been blurred, but the main question remains: just how far would you go to protect your children?

30 review for Suffer the Children

  1. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    SUFFER THE CHILDREN is the first book introducing DI Will Wagstaffe. A confession early on - I try not to read blurbs on books so the first few chapters referring alternatively to Wagstaffe and Staffe left me mildly confused, a feeling that came back to visit me on a few occasions throughout the book. Staffe is a workaholic, that or he doesn't trust the team he works with. Either way, as one of his past cases resolves leaving him threatened by the perpetrator and his gang of thugs, Staffe is plan SUFFER THE CHILDREN is the first book introducing DI Will Wagstaffe. A confession early on - I try not to read blurbs on books so the first few chapters referring alternatively to Wagstaffe and Staffe left me mildly confused, a feeling that came back to visit me on a few occasions throughout the book. Staffe is a workaholic, that or he doesn't trust the team he works with. Either way, as one of his past cases resolves leaving him threatened by the perpetrator and his gang of thugs, Staffe is planning a holiday. Which he cancels, or avoids, when somebody starts killing known sex offenders. Paedophiles keep dying, bizarrely, violently and Staffe and his colleagues find themselves in the invidious position of trying to find the killer of people that, well, does anybody really care. Guy Montefiore has a young teenage daughter of his own and he's not impressed with the bad habits her mother is handing onto her, but then he's also busy stalking teenager Tanya. Meanwhile Staffe mourns for his broken marriage, tries to help an old friend, and support a sister who is the victim of domestic violence (and who has moved into his house). SUFFER THE CHILDREN has a very complicated plot line. It's overly complicated to be frank, which is a pity, as lurking within the complication, and slightly over dramatic goings on, there's a character set that had some promise. Mind you, yet another paedophile / vigilante / should anyone care because the victim's not a nice person - well it seemed very much like it had been done before and, even with all the ancillary goings on, there was nothing particularly startling or surprising. I think that's probably my biggest problem with SUFFER THE CHILDREN, predictable and a little boring and I wasn't all that shocked, or surprised, or disturbed or even particularly interested by the end.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Hermien

    I was helped by having seen the tv series based on this book (Dark Heart) to keep track of all the characters but enjoyed it nonetheless.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Eva Müller

    The beginning was actually quite amusing...mainly because it was so full of clichees: workaholic DI with traumatic past, serious relationship-issues, lots of flashbacks to his traumatic past, trouble with his boss, a traumatic past, trouble with his family his boss his colleagues...eh did I mention the traumatic past? But then it got confusing: dozends of people, many of them Wagstaffe's colleagues with similar-sounding names and all quite dull and one-dimensional, which doesn't really help. Besid The beginning was actually quite amusing...mainly because it was so full of clichees: workaholic DI with traumatic past, serious relationship-issues, lots of flashbacks to his traumatic past, trouble with his boss, a traumatic past, trouble with his family his boss his colleagues...eh did I mention the traumatic past? But then it got confusing: dozends of people, many of them Wagstaffe's colleagues with similar-sounding names and all quite dull and one-dimensional, which doesn't really help. Besides the author seems a bit too ambitious and in the end most of the plotlines just get don't get a satisfactory conclusion.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Medusa

    В абсолютному захваті. Як і багато хто, прийшла за книгою після серіалу, бо цікавило що ж там насправді трапилося з батьками. І вже на початку книги зрозуміла, що той Стафф, що у серіалі і той, що в книзі - дуже не схожі між собою. Не знаю, чому в серіалі так спростили образ головного героя. У книзі це людина, що знається на винах, архітектурі та дизайні, колекціонує предмети інтер'єру та меблі, дуже виважено ставиться до створення "дому", хоча це питання також спірне. Має складні і якісь трохи В абсолютному захваті. Як і багато хто, прийшла за книгою після серіалу, бо цікавило що ж там насправді трапилося з батьками. І вже на початку книги зрозуміла, що той Стафф, що у серіалі і той, що в книзі - дуже не схожі між собою. Не знаю, чому в серіалі так спростили образ головного героя. У книзі це людина, що знається на винах, архітектурі та дизайні, колекціонує предмети інтер'єру та меблі, дуже виважено ставиться до створення "дому", хоча це питання також спірне. Має складні і якісь трохи дивні стосунки з жінками, до того ж з усіма: починаючи від сестри і закінчуючи проституткою. Книга невимовно захоплива і місцями жахаюча. Історія про біле і чорне, яких нема. Про те як жорстокість породжує ще більшу жорстокість і про те, як на закон, у підсумку, начхати стає всім.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mary Johnson

    The TV episodes of this book were too short and it could have been a whole series in its own right. However, I found the book overly long and the ‘hero’ a little too dark and a little bit dodgy. The folk in the TV version bear little resemblance to those in the book and I’m not sorry I read it. A dark tale about dark deeds that challenge one’s morality and personal philosophy. Did I side with the good guys or the bad guys? Could I tell them from each other? Ahhh, that’s the question! I will read The TV episodes of this book were too short and it could have been a whole series in its own right. However, I found the book overly long and the ‘hero’ a little too dark and a little bit dodgy. The folk in the TV version bear little resemblance to those in the book and I’m not sorry I read it. A dark tale about dark deeds that challenge one’s morality and personal philosophy. Did I side with the good guys or the bad guys? Could I tell them from each other? Ahhh, that’s the question! I will read the next book then decide on the series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gerda Bruhn

    Efterforskningsleder Will Wagstaffe, kaldet Staffe, efterforsker forbrydelser i Londons barske gader. En af sagerne drejer sig om usædvanligt bestialske mord på pædofile. Er der en blodtørstig hævner på spil? Imens Staffe gør alt, der står i hans magt for at finde morderen, er der andre, der mener, at morderen har gjort samfundet en tjeneste og snarere burde have en medalje. Læseværdig krimi, men ikke nogen pageturner.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Miki Jacobs

    I really enjoyed this. I picked it up after watching "Dark Heart" on TV, which was based on it last year. I liked the characters and thought that this tale of a vilgilante killing paedophiles who have escaped justice had plenty of twists and turns. It might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it was definitely in my zone. I can't wait to read the next one - which I happen to have lined up already :)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    Descriptios of heavy violence not unlike the early Jo Nesbo books probably written around the same time. Pretty good story and I liked the policeman in charge. Will read the next one and just hope it's not as graphic.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alana

    O livro tem um tema muito forte sobre os limites do certo e errado e senso de justiça . Achei a leitura difícil, não me prendeu do início ao meio. Mas vale a pena ler, o final é surpreendente.

  10. 5 out of 5

    monsieurschlaubsen

    'Niemand kennt den Tod' ist das erste Buch von Adam Creed und er hat sich eines Themas angenommen welches nicht gerade ein sehr einfaches ist. Es geht um darum das ein Täter vom Gesetz her denselben Schutz bekommen kann wie seine Opfer ihn bekommen können, insofern sie in der Lage sind ihn in Anspruch zu nehmen. Nun stellt Adam Creed die Frage in den Raum, ohne sie wirklich auszusprechen, ob den Tätern wirklich derselbe "Opferschutz" zusteht wie eben deren echten Opfern. Und da wird der Leser in 'Niemand kennt den Tod' ist das erste Buch von Adam Creed und er hat sich eines Themas angenommen welches nicht gerade ein sehr einfaches ist. Es geht um darum das ein Täter vom Gesetz her denselben Schutz bekommen kann wie seine Opfer ihn bekommen können, insofern sie in der Lage sind ihn in Anspruch zu nehmen. Nun stellt Adam Creed die Frage in den Raum, ohne sie wirklich auszusprechen, ob den Tätern wirklich derselbe "Opferschutz" zusteht wie eben deren echten Opfern. Und da wird der Leser in diesem Buch auf eine harte Probe gestellt, ob Selbstjustiz nicht doch manchmal geduldet werden sollte oder nicht! Meiner Meinung nach ist Selbstjustiz in keinem Fall das richtige Werkzeug um sich Gerechtigkeit zu verschaffen. Egal ob im Vereinigten Königreich oder in Deutschland, wir leben in einem Rechtsstaat und sollten froh sein das wir diesen haben! Den was passiert wen man vollends das Vertrauen in den Rechtsstaat verliert und Willkür sich mit Unwissenheit vermischt das zeigt dieses Buch auf eindrucksvolle Art und Weise! Niemand ist perfekt und das "System" schon gar nicht, aber Gesetze werden von Menschen gemacht und so sollte es auch bleiben!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nick Davies

    This - judging by the 75p sticker on the front - was picked up as an interesting-looking punt from a charity shop, on the strength of a brief scan of the blurb on the back. I tend not to read book covers with great depth when choosing cheap punts, just get an idea whether it sounds like my kind of thing, so by the time I got round to reading this some months after I'd bought it, I was coming to it fairly unprepared and open-minded. I was very impressed, and enjoyed the read very much. Creed's wri This - judging by the 75p sticker on the front - was picked up as an interesting-looking punt from a charity shop, on the strength of a brief scan of the blurb on the back. I tend not to read book covers with great depth when choosing cheap punts, just get an idea whether it sounds like my kind of thing, so by the time I got round to reading this some months after I'd bought it, I was coming to it fairly unprepared and open-minded. I was very impressed, and enjoyed the read very much. Creed's writing is intelligent yet not too wordy, his characters (including the central protagonist here) are realistic and pique the reader's interest, and I found the plotting well-balanced. This is a police procedural focussing on the murder and torture of paedophiles in London, not always comfortable reading, but I thought the concentration on police work and processes all very realistic - no plucking of the solution from thin air here! I will read others in the series - I thought the style readable and the content involving, a gritty and strong effort akin to the likes of Stuart MacBride and Mark Billingham.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Barbra

    I enjoyed the book which had a good, gritty storyline. The characters were interesting although I got a bit confused with the main character to begin with as he was referred to by two different names. Back Cover Blurb: D.I. Will Wagstaffe - Staffe to friends and enemies alike - is a burdened man. When a known paedophile is butchered in his own home, Staffe finds himself at the centre of a horrific case which threatens to spread violence throughout London. The deeper Staffe digs into London's dirtie I enjoyed the book which had a good, gritty storyline. The characters were interesting although I got a bit confused with the main character to begin with as he was referred to by two different names. Back Cover Blurb: D.I. Will Wagstaffe - Staffe to friends and enemies alike - is a burdened man. When a known paedophile is butchered in his own home, Staffe finds himself at the centre of a horrific case which threatens to spread violence throughout London. The deeper Staffe digs into London's dirtiest seams, the more his past comes back to haunt him. And to mete out justice, Staffe must hurt the ones he loves. Can he track down the killers before the line between right and wrong becomes fatally blurred.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ceri

    Hmmmmm .... not sure. It wasn't bad .... it was one of those where the "goodies" do quite bad stuff & I'm not sure if it rang true or not. If they really had the stomach to do what they did ... & the planning ability ... they can't really have been very good people I don't think. Plus another "maverick" cop ... slight yawn. Why do they all have a drink problem & break the rules??? But I'm being overly negative ... I've read a lot worse. Hmmmmm .... not sure. It wasn't bad .... it was one of those where the "goodies" do quite bad stuff & I'm not sure if it rang true or not. If they really had the stomach to do what they did ... & the planning ability ... they can't really have been very good people I don't think. Plus another "maverick" cop ... slight yawn. Why do they all have a drink problem & break the rules??? But I'm being overly negative ... I've read a lot worse.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rose Maureen

    I was recommended this Author from a friend of mine, who lives in Spain, l certainly wasn't disappointed. Suffer the children (Di Staffed Book 1 ) was a great read, the Author kept you in suspense all through the book, trying to guess who did it. brilliant story, l shall definitely be reading more of Adam Greed's,

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    Tight-packed with Janus-like red herrings, each of which apparently keep changing their tune from good to evil and back again, which, given the subtitle "no-one is innocent", ought not be a surprise. I'm far from sure I followed all the ins and out but that not a problem since I was royally entertained, despite astonishment at Staffe's powers of recovery.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Liz Hannant

    fantastic

  17. 5 out of 5

    Terence M (Spring is in My Step!)

    DNF

  18. 4 out of 5

    Els

    Really enjoyed this book, page turner with an unexpected twist. Will read more from this author.

  19. 5 out of 5

    David

    New author to me and how I enjoyed this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    lots of characters to keep track of but a good well plotted storyline shall look for more of his .

  21. 4 out of 5

    Chelle

    Really bad. Awful. It felt like a computer could have written it. here's the formula, fill in the names.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Precious Williams

    intrigued by the piss-poor reviews this book has received. It surely can't be THAT bad. I look forward to reading it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sharron

    Not a bad first book, think I will read the second one. Very dark and very Rankin-esque

  24. 4 out of 5

    Annalise Hulse

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Houston

  26. 5 out of 5

    Astrud Holm

  27. 5 out of 5

    Abby

  28. 4 out of 5

    Louise

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sally Doe

  30. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

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