Suffer the Children

by Adam Creed

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December 2009 Book of the Month.


A gritty crime novel, sometimes making for uncomfortable reading, Adam Creed has DI Staffe, covering a case where a paedophile has been murdered. The reader finds themselves wondering whether to take the side of the vigilantes or the law and this is cleverly done and makes for a tense read at times but the plotline propels the reader through to a great ending. Look out for more from this author.


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Suffer the Children Synopsis

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?

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780571243655
Publication date: 5th November 2009
Author: Adam Creed
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Format: Paperback
Primary Genre Thriller and Suspense
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Adam Creed Press Reviews

‘A suitably dark and conflicted hero at the centre of an unsettling, compelling read that pushes the police procedural into ever darker territory where moral certainty becomes harder to find.’ Brian McGilloway, author of Borderlands and Gallows Lane

‘Creed writes with a gritty realism that doesn't let go. It keeps you transfixed right up to the nail biting climax.’ Simon Beckett

‘I thoroughly enjoyed Suffer the Children, I adored D. I. Will Wagstaffe and will look forward to reading more about him in the future.’

‘Staffe's investigation of a murdered paedophile opens up some interesting questions about the gap between law and justice and the lengths that parents will go to protect their children.’ Guardian

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ISBN: 9780571342402
Publication date: 18/10/2018
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780571243655
Publication date: 05/11/2009
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About Adam Creed

Adam Creed was born in Salford and read PPE at Balliol College Oxford before working for Flemings in the City. He abandoned his career to study writing at Sheffield Hallam University, following which he wrote in Andalucia then returned to England to work with writers in prison. He is now Head of Writing at Liverpool John Moores University and Project Leader of Free To Write. Hehas a wife and two beautiful daughters.

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