"All the pace of Connelly and McDermid. All the grit of Rankin and The Wire." No base left uncovered in the advertising campaign for Adam Creed's debut novel Suffer the Children. We can expect to see "major TV crime series sponsorship" (whatever that means), ads "direct to crime fans on social networks" (is that us?), lots of poster advertising, crime festival events and media interviews, apparently. Faber, the publisher, is really pushing this book, whose author has a degree in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford and has worked in the City of London, before seeing the light and writing a crime fiction book. The paperback is out in November and you can apply for a reading copy by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suffer the Children, the first in a proposed series, introduces DI Will Wagstaffe, who has a complicated love life and a rather nasty case of murder to investigate. "Staffe's" boss and the newspapers are "gunning for him" and the boundaries between right and wrong have been blurred. "Just how far would you go to protect your children?" Willing Flesh, the second in the series, is out in May 2010.