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Suffer the Children (DI Staffe Book 1) by [Creed, Adam]
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2.6 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews
Book 1 of 5 in DI Staffe (5 Book Series)

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

'Pungent, edgy, visceral ... as good a snapshot of the state of the modern British crime novel as you're likely to encounter ... Creed's writing gods, self-evidently, are the tough Americans George Pelecanos and James Ellroy [and...] The Wire's David Simon.' -- Independent, Barry Forshaw

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1309 KB
  • Print Length: 355 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (7 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002ZODPH4
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,146 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I happened on this book almost by accident. It is quite complex but not too much so, quickly became unsustainable.
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I must be doing something wrong - I opened up the page to review "Suffer the children" expecting to see a few 4 and 5 star reviews but, to my amazement, I find that very few people like the book !!
Oh well - it would be boring if everyone liked the same things I guess.
I enjoyed this - yes there are plenty of similarities with other crime novelists but, let's face it, it is a very crowded genre and there are not too many different twists on a plot line such as this. But that doesn't make it a bad book in my eyes. The writing is taut and graphic (sometimes perhaps too graphic for some sensitive souls) and, yes, the characters are fairly standard - "damaged" cop is hunting down a vigilante killer who is targetting paedophiles who were never brought to justice. However Adam Creed's writing is extremely entertaining - there are some nice touches with the dialogue and I think the characters are quite well drawn. I read a fair bit of crime fiction and I feel that this book is light years up on, say, Martina Cole whose books seem to be written to a formula even including much of the same vocabulary in each book.
My one criticism of the book is that it all seems to be a bit "crowded" but perhaps that was the impression Mr Creed was trying to acheive. The book is part of a series and I am certain that any loose plot lines will be gathered together in later books.
It is also nice to read books about a city with which one is familiar - and Mr Creed's depiction of a London suffering through a heat wave is well done indeed (especially as London at the moment is so hot).
On the whole I found DI Staffe a likeable well drawn character and I have no hesitation in giving 4 stars. I will be looking out for subsequent novels.
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I'm a simple man at heart, so half way thorugh this book I was flailing around, trying to keep up with the array of characters and plot lines. I even contemplated giving up, despite the strong storyline, but I decided to push on to the end. And it was worth it, although it's never an easy read.

The characters are fairly standard crime fare, what with the damaged policeman who's always in conflict with those around him, but when you get to grips with what the hell is going on and who's doing what to who, then things move on apace. Mr Creed is particularly good at writing dialogue, and some of the exchanges are delightful.

It does veer towards the extremely graphic (not surprising when you consider the basic plot is about a vigilante hunting, torturing and killing suspected paedophiles), so it's not for everyone. However, I'll be happy to look out for future books by the author.
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I found the subject matter extremely interesting - how do you prosecute or even chase down people who have been let down by the system? In this case, paedophiles who are being tortured and murdered. Many would say they are doing the world a favour, but when does vigilantism become acceptable?

Convoluted, full of graphic torture, and extremely uncomfortable subject matter, there was little 'enjoy' in this book. The characters were very real - full of flaws - but I think where it went wrong was that in the end I couldn't emphathise with any of them. I didn't like any of them, and so I read to the end because I was hoping for some sort of resolution. Not that I feel I got any real resolution, but to explain more would be a bit of a spoiler.

Gritty is a word thrown around when it comes to thrillers, but it doesn't get more gritty than this, and for me it was a bit much.
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I can only echo the majority of reviewers. It's not bad but not Rankin or so many others.
There is so much plot crammed in that it's distracting. I don't mind the odd bit of angst in my coppers but this lot take things to the limit.
I read it in a day skimming some pages as I'd started to lose interest by halfway and I never regard that as a good sign.
Staffe has potential so who knows I may try another some time when the memory of this one's faded.
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By Pallus TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Jun. 2009
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To be clear, I'm not a keen reader and this is the first 'Detective Story' I've read, so I can give you my views but not a comparison.

I found the writing style very straightforward and easy to read. I liked the main character and found the background information interesting.

Despite the crimes in question being the abuse of children, there aren't any disturbing descriptions of such crimes in the book. So although the title may make you wince, rest assured that any disturbing images are not derived from explicit descriptions of attacks on children. However, there are extraordinarily violent torture scenes descibed in detail which could be disturbing. I found them unnecessarily contrived and over the top but hey-ho, perhaps it makes for a more sensational read for some.

As the investigation takes its course, more and more characters are introduced and I found it hard to keep track. Admittedly, this is a weakness of mine but I would perhaps suggest a broad bookmark on which to keep notes of all the characters and their relationships.

I liked the way the story developed and, despite a couple of sloppy details (one sloppy as a jar of honey), I found it quite believable for the most part. The main character does seem wildly inconsistent with his respect of 'the rulebook' but it makes for a good story I reckon.

I did feel that things fell apart a bit towards the end, and didn't personally find the conclusion very satisfying. Others may find it more pleasing. Obviously, I won't give anything away.

Overall, I was surprised how much I got into this book as I'd only normally read sci-fi/adventure-type books.
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