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Publisher's Summary

Baby X is a shocking and unforgettable story of how some of the UK's most disadvantaged children escaped their tormentors - and explains why some cases, similar to that of Baby P's, ended in tragedy. When super-tough cop Sergeant Harry Keeble announced he was joining Hackney's ailing Child Protection Team in 2000, his colleagues were astounded. Known as the 'Cardigan Squad', its officers were seen as glorified social workers dealing with domestics.

The reality was very different. Within a few months he'd fought machete-wielding thugs, rescued kids who had pit bulls chained to their cots and confronted the horrors of African witchcraft, exposing a network of abuse in the process - all in his unrelenting war against child cruelty. Harry rescued dozens of kids - kids in crack houses, kids living in unimaginable filth and kids who had burned their houses down. Then there were the hostage situations, the lynch mobs, and the almost impossible process of interviewing paedophiles to get a confession. Without wading in sentimentality, he describes how his team - working alongside dedicated but chronically underfunded social workers - operated at the sharp end of child protection.

©2010 Harry Keeble (P)2011 Audible Ltd

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  • Sally
  • Randburg, South Africa
  • 05-20-13

Opened My Eyes

Would you listen to Baby X again? Why?

Yes, the story is honestly written

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, the horrific honest details

Which character – as performed by Damian Lynch – was your favorite?

Due to his accent he made them all come alive

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Not for the faint hearted

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  • DF
  • 02-26-15

Oooookay

I am a big fan of torey hayden, Cathy glass and the like, it's at least in part due to Ms Hayden that I teach special needs learners. So when I saw this which seemed to show a different side of what happens to/with these kids I was curious.

I bought it some time ago and it took me a while to start it, but once I did I was hooked.

Not a book for the sensitive, you need to have a bit of detachment to listen to what they are involved with, but as a teacher who has also worked in prisons, I have already seen a bit, and felt I could cope.

Even then there were a few bits where I cringed, it was tough hearing what these kids have gone through, but there were heartwarming bits as well.

This is definitely not a book to listen to if you are tender hearted, but for those who deal with kids on a day to day basis it's an invaluable insight into what the police do and deal with.

As to the narrator, I loved him, he does some fab accents, and at times I felt like I was listening to a little girl talk.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-17-16

eye opening heart breaking

Just wow, the biggest Thank you to anyone and everyone that works hard to protect.

read, listen to this book.

All MP'S, civil servants and quangos,judges should be made to work with the child services for a week maybe it might make them think twice before putting a duck house on expenses

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  • Jack tomlin
  • 07-07-16

Brilliant

As a police officer I have been hooked on the whole series of Harry keeble books, they are a must to read 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽

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  • W. Howes
  • 04-30-15

Case by case

Great story telling and disturbing but fascinating at the same time. Real life case by case stories on many horrific crimes against children. Worth a read/listen. As was the first crack house.

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  • mr
  • 03-01-17

Good but hard to listen to at times

all of Harry's books are very good I have listened to them all.the are all insightful and interesting this one by far was the hardest to listen to due to the nature of it.

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  • lindsey foster
  • 08-12-16

Heart breaking, really well read.

Such a sad book but very interesting listening. Those poor children. Having worked in childcare myself and been the victim of child abuse it shows how things have changed and the determination of the staff.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-16-18

Excellently read

Harrowing stories, brilliantly read, we need more officers like the ones who worked on the cases.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-02-16

Thank you Harry.

It was so much better listening to this than reading it. Damian really did the story justice. Thank you Harry and Damian for opening my eyes. As a carer it will help me. As a human being it makes me realise i must have my eyes open for the signs of abuse. In the name of all abused children we must stop child abuse. Plus we must have proper punishments for the evil scum that hurt children.

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  • Rose
  • 05-02-17

Shocking? Surprising and harrowing? Not a bit of it not for me anyway

This book is interesting and utterly boring both at the same time. The style is documentary and journalistic so that it reads as a series of episodes you might see on television. You're jsut waiting to be told something along the lines of: 'in the next episode we see how I deal with a case of child abuse and witchcraft'. It's awful from that perspectrive. It's not even really surprising that such things happen even now in the 21st century. It's disturbing only in that it does. The cases should not happen for sure and the book is full of what some might see as shocking and harrowing detail. Not me though. Nothing about this sin bin of a world shocks me these days. It's a bad world with bad people in it simple as.

The narator does his best with a difficult script though and that makes the book bearable. Most of the details are withheld because then the book would really become tedious and it's bad enough as it is. Still the facts and the day to day life of a child protection copper is enlightening but not in the least surprising. Overall I'd say not bad but far from good.

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  • LogoInk
  • 03-23-16

Hard going

Terrible stories of abuse and manipulation of the system. However I found the style of the book wasn't suited to the subject matter. I found that the narration was quite off putting. As wonderful as the work is that the child protection force do, I didn't appreciate the narrators constant references to the camaraderie within the team. It was like listening to The Sweeney or Minder in audiobook form.

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