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Hurting Too Much

Shocking Stories from the Frontline of Child Protection

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Detective Sergeant Harry Keeble's bestselling books, Baby X and Little Victim described his early years in Hackney's Child Protection Unit, as he battled to get to grips with cases of unimaginably horrific child abuse. In Broken Angels, a more experienced Harry relates a series of extraordinary cases he encountered with Ella, a young and newly qualified social worker.

Together, Harry and Ella faced the violence of forced marriage, the horror of maternal incest and the cruelty of child slavery. Their investigations took them into a mosque, a drug den and a recording studio. Just as the unrelenting caseload threatened to push the inexperienced Ella over the edge, Harry uncovered one of the most shocking cases of child abuse he'd ever encountered, forcing the duo to tread new ground in the search for justice.

Broken Angels reveals why working in Child Protection has never been so tough. It also shows why, despite the fact that so many courageous people are ready and willing to meet impossible challenges, we are still unable to reach all of the broken angels that so desperately need our help.

Detective Sergeant Harry Keeble has almost twenty years experience in inner-city pro-active policing. In 1999, Harry joined Haringey drugs squad, planning and leading 100 raids on fortified crack houses. Appalled at the number of abused children he encountered, Harry joined Hackney's Child Protection Team. In five years he brought dozens of child abusers to justice, managing several international police investigations related to child abuse across the world. He currently works for Specialist Operations at New Scotland Yard.

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Kris Hollington is a freelance journalist, author and ghost-writer of 14 books, including the Sunday Times bestsellers Baby X and Little Victim, written with Detective Sergeant Harry Keeble. Kris's articles and books have featured on television and radio (including Channel 4's Cutting Edge, ITV1's Real Crime, BBC Radio 4's Saturday Play and BBC Drama). He lives in East London.

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (February 16, 2012)
  • Length: 288 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780857208491