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Suffer the Children (D.I. Staffe #1)

3.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  105 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 321 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Faber & Faber (first published 2009)
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Schlaubi Schlaubsen
Apr 15, 2016 Schlaubi Schlaubsen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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'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 ...more
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
Franzie Lovegood
Aug 12, 2011 Franzie Lovegood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ein überaus spannender und äußerst verzwickter Fall für DI Wagstaffe.

Adam Creed hat einen wunderbaren Schreibstil. Er schreibt sehr flüssig, sehr nüchtern, sehr direkt. Die Perspektive, die Creed gewählt hat, um diesen schwierigen Fall darzustellen, der sowohl die Charaktere als auch die Leser in moralische Konflikte zwingt, ist sehr passend.

Besonders hervorzuheben ist der Mangel an Liebesbeziehungen, der dieser Tage so beliebt ist, um Krimis einem breiteren Publikum schmackhaft zu machen. Das f
Nick Davies
Jan 30, 2016 Nick Davies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 05, 2016 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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 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.
Feb 04, 2013 Ceri rated it really liked it
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.
Precious Williams
Nov 28, 2009 Precious Williams rated it did not like it
intrigued by the piss-poor reviews this book has received. It surely can't be THAT bad. I look forward to reading it.
Nov 12, 2011 Chelle rated it did not like it
Really bad. Awful. It felt like a computer could have written it. here's the formula, fill in the names.
Jul 09, 2011 Sharron rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad first book, think I will read the second one. Very dark and very Rankin-esque
Martin Waight
Mar 12, 2013 Martin Waight rated it liked it
Didn't finish this book. Started off alright but couldn't continue. May be it was me.
Jan 26, 2013 David rated it it was amazing
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New author to me and how I enjoyed this book.
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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. He has a wife and two ...more
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