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Suffer Little Children
by Philip Catshill

Mike Newman Mysteries Book 3

A note from the author: Ever since my third stroke, I have been driven by the need to demonstrate just what I can produce from my severely damaged brain. Therefore, I make this contract with you, my potential reader, in that every word you see in my books has been written by me, edited and proofread by me and honed by me to produce my best, and not my best as ‘improved’, ‘altered’, or ‘polished’ by anyone else.

I do not participate in arranged, solicited or purchased review schemes, so any review below is from a genuine reader.

Spelling, grammar and punctuation are consistent with contemporary British English as defined by The Oxford Dictionary of English and The New Oxford Style Manual.

About this Book.

"Suffer Little Children" is the third in the series and is preceded by "Who Else is There?" and followed by "Penalty for Murder".

The Mike Newman Mysteries are set in the fictitious English city of Hartingham, where in the 1980s, police officers turned to corruption as a means to supplement their income. A minor bribe under the guise of a brown envelope passing from an errant motorist to an obliging traffic officer is bad enough, but these officers are long since past the brown envelope stage. In Senley Ash, a suburb of Hartingham, corruption has spread through the ranks of the police. Formed into a secret group, the so-called Brethren are pledged on pain of death to support fellow members whatever the crime. The previous novel in this series put murder, rape and extortion on the list.

Suffer Little Children is a powerful story which explores the relationship between children and those who are meant to care for them, whether that child has grown to be a policeman grieving for his deceased mother, the privately educated stepdaughter of a member of parliament, a father and son suffering the long term effects of crime and bereavement, a perpetual criminal and his errant offspring, a deranged daughter who delighted in her father’s “suicide”, or Mike Newman and his daughters: nine-year-old Rebecca and seven-year-old Emma.

Since Police Sergeant Mike Newman suffered a stroke six months before, his daughters, Rebecca and Emma have been in the care of his sister-in-law and her policeman husband, Peter Stillerton. On the day that Peter leaves her, she attacks the children, but Vince, a recently bereaved policeman who works with Peter, rescues them. The deranged woman visits a derelict church and finds a long forgotten priest hole. Inspired by the words “Suffer Little Children” on a stained glass window, she plans to abduct the children in order to make them suffer. With the release from prison of a known paedophile, leading echelons of the Brethren make their own vile plans to extract revenge on Mike Newman by abducting his children.

At the end of the novel, “Who Else is There?” Mike Newman confronts a gunman and is stabbed and shot. While he is in hospital, his children are abducted on their way to school. Mike finds an ally in the daughter of an MP when she reminds him that their paths have crossed before, (as some readers may recall from the novel “For All Eternity.”) Mike leaves the hospital to join the search for his daughters. Mike is accused of provoking a race riot, during which a policeman dies. In his absence, a man is murdered in his hospital bed. The MP, who once dubbed him as the Hero of Hartingham, assisted by officers from the Brethren, leads a press campaign against Michael “Mad Maverick” Newman, and Mike finds his status moving quickly from hero to zero and beyond.

Not able to assist in the search for his daughters Mike and his new friend focus their attention on the hospital murder. With his stroke damaged brain, wife still missing, a new issue confronting his personal relationships, and the occasional dead person intruding into his hallucinations, Mike is still struggling to come to terms with both his physical and mental limitations.

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For All Eternity

Who Else is There?

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