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  • Children in Chains

  • DI Sterling, Book 2
  • Written by: Lorraine Mace
  • Narrated by: Andrew Cullum
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
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Children in Chains

Written by: Lorraine Mace
Narrated by: Andrew Cullum
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Publisher's Summary

The second gripping instalment in the DI Paolo Sterling crime series. 

Detective Inspector Paolo Sterling is determined to shut down the syndicate flooding Bradchester’s streets with young prostitutes. 

When a child is murdered, Paolo becomes aware of a sinister network of abusers spread across Europe and spanning all levels of society. But Joey, the shadowy leader of the gang, always seems to be one step ahead in the chase. 

Has Paolo come up against a criminal he cannot defeat?

©2019 Lorraine Mace (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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"A visceral, no-punches-pulled, gut-wrenching thriller. A disturbing and gripping tale of child prostitution, and the tragic detective Paolo Sterling dealing with the heartache of his own daughter’s sexual assault. Crime Noir at its darkest." (Caroline Dunford, author of A Death in the Family)

"D.I. Paolo Sterling is instantly engaging - Children in Chains is a dark, gripping and unflinching read." (Louise Phillips, winner of the Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year, longlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award)

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Truly repulsive. I liked it. Sex trafficking is real and it is terrifying. This shone a light on the practice and it was brutal.
Again, the ex-wife made me want to tear my hair out, but we got some solid character development with Dave and the other secondary characters. My only issue is that the characters we aren't supposed to like (George, I'm looking at you...) are written in such an extreme way. He acted like an angry toddler and it just didn't seem realistic to me. Like, how do you expect to hold down a job when you behave like that at work? I kind of feel like they serve as a counterpoint to Paolo, who is preturnaturally sensible and measured. But it isn't necessary! Yeah, that's the only thing that bugs me.
The story, though, was an absolute page turner, with grotesque but unfortunately realistic (and practically ripped from the headlines) villains and a satisfying ending.

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