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Rupture [Kindle Edition]

Simon Lelic
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'Three possible candidates for the Granta U.K. class of 2013 are Ned Beauman, Joe Dunthorne and Simon Lelic. Lelic’s three novels are breakneck, intelligent 'social thrillers' that even invade my dream-life' David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas

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Find what you were looking for, Inspector?' Every day the same question. A different uniform but the same question. They thought Lucia enjoyed being here. They thought that was why she kept coming back. But they were asking the wrong thing. She had found what she was looking for – she had found what she had been sent to discover – but she had found out more besides. The question was what to do about it. The question was whether to do anything at all. In the depths of a sweltering summer, teacher Samuel Szajkowski walks into his school assembly and opens fire. He kills three pupils and a colleague before turning the gun on himself. Lucia May, the young policewoman who is assigned the case, is expected to wrap up things quickly and without fuss. The incident is a tragedy that could not have been predicted and Szajkowski, it seems clear, was a psychopath beyond help. Soon, however, Lucia becomes preoccupied with the question no one else seems to want to ask: what drove a mild-mannered, diffident school teacher to commit such a despicable crime? Piecing together the testimonies of the teachers and children at the school, Lucia discovers an uglier, more complex picture of the months leading up to the shooting. She realises too that she has more in common with Szajkowski than she could have imagined. As the pressure to bury the case builds, she becomes determined to tell the truth about what happened, whatever the consequences . . .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 539 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B005FOGJ9M
  • Publisher: Picador (3 Sep 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0040JHNVQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,254 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Simon Lelic is married, with two young boys. As well as writing, he currently runs his own import/export business. Previously, he worked in London as a journalist for eight years, primarily on business-to-business publications dealing with topics relating to information technology.

Simon has a BA (Hons) degree in History and an MA in European Studies from the University of Exeter, and a Magistar in Sociology, awarded by the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, where he studied for four months. He also holds a post-graduate qualification in journalism.

Other than his family, reading is Simon's biggest passion, but he also runs, plays golf and takes regular snowboarding trips. Otherwise, his main hobby is karate, in which he trains daily and holds a black belt.

Simon's father was born in Slovenia, and moved to the UK when he was sixteen. Simon was born in Brighton, England, and recently moved back there with his family.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A finely crafted, shocking, and rewarding read 21 Jan 2010
By Silky
On the surface, Rupture is a simple investigation of a school murder. But the careful narrative - revealing each fact in a controlled way to keep you turning the page - is turbo-charged by the voices of the characters.

Lelic's choice to mix first-person testimonies of the crime with a more 'standard' approach to the detective novel is brave. But each individual character seems real - not just in their language but through their approach, life experience and personal view of the crime itself.

The effect is to catapult the reader through a twisting tale of the darkest side of humanity. The book tackles so many issues head on - child abuse, bullying, sexism, racism, homophobia, xenophobia - but without shoving them down the reader's throat as 'themes'. Instead, the issues remain in your peripheral vision as you concentrate on the story winding its way to a satisfying, and surprising, conclusion.

Overall this is an enjoyable, rewarding and fascinating book. Lelic takes a series of complex elements and fits them together easily. I can't wait to read his next one.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Frustratingly disturbing 27 Nov 2009
By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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When a young teacher, Samuel Szajkowski shoots 3 children, another teacher and himself in a seemingly unprovoked massacre in the school assembly hall, Lucia May, the detective in charge, quickly realises that maybe this attack is not quite as unexpected as it looks on the surface and with her own experience of sexual harassment and bullying in her "man's world" job, she sets out if not to clear Samuel's name then at least to help explain why it happened, avoid it happening again and also to try and place the responsibility on who she perceives as the real perpetrators.

The main theme is bullying in its different shapes and forms. It shows that it is not only happening between children, but that adults are equally afraid of not conforming and leaving the stronger group. In that sense it is a frustrating read because this is a real problem that is so hard to solve - and I think the author puts it very well in this exerpt from the book: "Why was the onus always on the weak when it was the strong that had the liberty to act? Why were the weak obliged to be so brave when the strong had license to behave like such cowards?"

The story is told in the form of a compilation of interviews/conversations with the teachers, pupils, parents, and Lucia's colleagues, family and friends - a bit like "The Rehearsal" by Eleanor Catton. I like this mix of voices and overall the author does a great job in making them authentic and "compiling" the storyline, however, there are a few issues, e.g. Lucia's boss, Cole. Their conversations do not seem as believable and well-written as the rest of the book, but despite these few glitches, I found it very entertaining and highly recommendable.

One thing though... I agree with one of the other reviewers, surely the final edition of this fine book is not going to be tainted by a cheap and easy shot as we currently have at the police station - there must be a better way to move on!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful surprise 17 Sep 2010
Crime novels are not my thing and this is not a book I would be drawn into reading ordinarily. But I gave it a try after reading a few fantastic reviews and hearing friends rave about it. After two straight nights staying up way too late, because I simply could not put it down, I was left with one of those oddly enjoyable "book hangovers" that happens when the characters, voices and story linger in your head for days afterwards. I was astounded by the way the story so thoroughly twisted around my own feelings and assumptions from the beginning to the end. It was an emotional rollercoaster, in the hands of a clearly clever and talented writer, and I highly recommend others going along for the ride. You might be unsettled but you won't be sorry.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a brilliant book 13 Jan 2012
I've just finished reading Rupture, by Simon Lelic. I found it when I was checking out the lovereading website, bought it the next day and finished the 300 odd pages in a couple of sittings after being completely absorbed by a brilliantly structured and totally different crime thriller.

The structure is reminiscent of Kurosawa's Rashomon; a tragic event told from the point of view of a host of characters, all giving their unique perspective on what happened, slowly shifting the reader's perception- and sympathy- as the facts emerge.

Rupture follows the investigation of a shooting in a secondary school in London, after a teacher opens fire in the assembly hall, killing pupils and teachers before turning the gun on himself. The investigation is led by Lucia May, a detective who takes a keen interest in the life of the shooter, Samuel Szajkowski. Her investigation begins to unravel a sinister web of secrets and silence at the heart of the school

The plot unfolds cleverly, through about 15 different first-person narratives. These range from pupils at the school, teachers, parents of the victims and relatives of the killer. Each one is conducted as a police interview, and each alluding to Lucia's presence as they talk, though Lucia's voice is never heard during these monologues, giving them a powerful confessional tone. Each one also has a different pace and flow of language, depending on the person, with Lelic creating character brilliantly through his use of vernacular-every one of them providing telling clues about the state of Samuel's mind in the lead up to the shooting.

Lucia's story is told in the third person and her story the similarities with her own life become increasingly apparent as Lucia struggles to cope at work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lives up to its glowing reputation
This book has deservedly received a lot of public acclaim. I'm not normally a fan of swift changes of POVs but in this instance Lelic really makes it work, carefully unravelling... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Crimefan72
4.0 out of 5 stars frighteningly realistic
An outstanding debut novel from someone who has captured the brutal realism of institutional bullying. A thoroughly good read that I think many will enjoy.
Published 4 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant characters, great story
This is a very clever book- a crime that seems unforgivable at the start seems more understandable by the end. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Andrew Nye
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
The item has arrived promptly and it is very good, as described. Absolutely no problem. Highly recommended! Would definitely buy again.
Published 9 months ago by Albert
4.0 out of 5 stars Superbly disturbing
The structure of this book is very clever and slowly reveals details of what initially seemed a straightforward crime. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kath Page
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
I just couldn't put it down. Gripping 'till the unexpected end of the story. I loved it, and I highly recommend it!
Published 10 months ago by Paula Torresan
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read
A really interesting read, difficult subject to tackle (bullying) and well written for a first novel. A different style, many chapters voiced by different characters.
Published 12 months ago by tetx
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing story in an interesting format
This is a really good read told in an innovative and unusual way. The story is relatively simple - a teacher walks into assembly and shoots three children, a teacher and then... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Damo Green
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Slow start, but then it became un-put-downable. I didn't know what way it was going to go, but it was good.
Published 13 months ago by Andrew Davis
3.0 out of 5 stars Great start but tailed off, I will read more from this author
There has been a shooting at a school. A maths teacher walked into an assembly, shot three pupils and a fellow teacher then turned the gun on himself. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Janie U
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