I'm not too sure why this book, of all the books waiting to be read around here appealed, but it did.  Started it last night.  Debut book introducing a very interesting new central DI character - Wagstaffe (or Staffe).

From the Blurb:

D.I. Will Wagstaffe - 'Staffe' to friends and enemies alike - is a man with many burdens.  On the eve of leaving for a personal trip abroad he is called to the scene of a horrific crime:  a known paedophile has been butchered in his own home.

Opening LInes:

Staffe raises his head as high as he can, sucks in the Underground air.  He is pushed from behind and his chest rubs up against the head of a raven-haired woman as they shuffle towards the escalator.  She curses in an eastern tongue and he wants to apologise, but knows it isn't warranted, nor wil it accomplish anything.

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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 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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Submitted by Karen on Mon, 07/09/2009 - 07:14 pm