By Minette Walters
Acid Row is a crime-infested housing venture that exists by way of its personal legislation. whilst information comes baby has been abducted, the disappointment and anger that has been seething at the streets of Acid Row is ignited. And not anyone should be secure.
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The details were vague. No one knew how many had been killed or how, but castration, lynching and a machete attack were all mentioned. The streets began to empty rapidly. Collective guilt was felt, if not openly expressed, and no one was inclined to face retribution for murder. The youths on the barricades who had held the police at bay with petrol bombs took a similar view. They would argue afterwards, and with some justification, that they hadn't known what was going on, but when word of the frenzied attack filtered through they, too, melted away.
They beat me and break my things," she wept. " It is tempting to dismiss Kouao as an evil aberrancy, but the statistics of child murder in the UK make alarming reading. An average of two children die every week at the hands of their parents or carers, thousands more are so badly abused and neglected that their physical and psychological damage is irreparable. By contrast, fewer than five children a year are killed by strangers. When the News of the World, the UK's biggest-selling newspaper, launched its campaign last year to 'out' paedophiles, in line with Megan's Law in the US, by publishing names, addresses and photographs of known offenders, opinions about the campaign's effectiveness were polarized.
Inside, Miss Piggy and Jabba were closeted in the front room with all the curtains closed and the television tuned at high volume to one of the music channels. The stench of sausage fat assaulted Laura's nostrils as she let herself in through the front door, and she wondered how many visits they'd made to the kitchen that day. If she had her way, she'd lock them in a cupboard on rations of bread and water until they lost some weight and learnt some manners, but Greg was consumed with guilt about his failings so they got fatter and ruder by the day.
Acid Row by Minette Walters