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Rupture [Kindle Edition]

Simon Lelic
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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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'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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A stunning debut from a truly original new voice in contemporary fiction

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 745 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Reprints edition (3 Sept. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0040JHNVQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #93,172 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 23 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbingly grand debut... 10 Dec. 2010
By Galer
This book is utterly superb. I actually bought it as a present for someone else,who promptly read it in practically one sitting and insisted i try it myself.As a horror fan generally i read it as a break from the norm. I loathe the term "unputdownable" but if ever it was applicable its here.The story takes place in the aftermath of the worst of all nightmares,a multiple shooting in a school,3 children and a teacher die before the gunman kills himself.A straightforward,albeit distressing case you would think. Not a bit of it,the rest of the tale is told in the form of witness reports which brilliantly weave a compelling and often disturbingly realistic tragedy of bullying,both by and against pupils and teachers alike.There are chapters set in present day regular format alternating with the interviews keeping us updated with the progress of Lucia May,our similarly harrassed and corporately abused "heroine" detective inspector.
The book is by no means a barrel of laughs and at times very upsetting and unnervingly realistic.Lelic brilliantly sets a feeling of helplessness in the reader,taking you back and forth between Lucia and the brutalised teacher,Samuel Szajkowski,and as things get steadily worse for both,it becomes clear the institutions themselves that they work for are the true evils of the piece,with headmaster Travis,who despite never himself commiting a violent act,swearing or even raising a voice,is truly a vile,all too often real example of dangerous figures of authority and power.
One of the main things i took from Lelic's masterful debut,was a feeling of being a member of a slowly dying breed of compasionate,sympathetic human beings in a growing world of nastiness and victimisation,a sensation i'm sure he deliberately set out to encourage.
Five out of five,please read it,although prepare yourself for some unsettling subject matter.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a thousand cuts 5 April 2011
By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWER
I assume that's where the US title of Simon Lelic's masterful debut novel comes from. And the thousand cuts in the book come as much from institutional bullying as they do from school-yard bullying. Lelic presents a plot line that forces the reader to confront the idea of bullying in all its forms. Inspector Lucia May, of the Met in London, has been assigned a case that at first has all the marking of the all-too-common school shooting - 4 murdered by a teacher, who then turns the gun on himself, making five dead, in all. But what drove the teacher to do what he did? The local police department is washing its hands of the case, pressing May to hand in the expected final crime report of "deranged loner kills others, then self". But Inspector May is convinced there is more to the case than what is on the surface. She digs deeper in the school society and finds an ethos of bullying at all levels, from administrator to teacher to student. The strong pick on the weak and the strongest cover up the whole thing.

But if bullying is rampant at the local comprehensive, it's also common at the Met office. Inspector May is on the receiving end of bullying from her male counterparts. She does not complain to her boss because she figures he probably wouldn't do anything about it and that its weak to complain, anyway. Lelic's writing style is masterful; it hardly seems possible that "A Thousand Cuts" is his first novel, but it is. Parts of the book are told in the form of interviews with one character talking. While it's a confusing style, Lelic makes it perfectly understandable.

This a story with a non-conventional ending. It's satisfying without being too fanciful. The effects of bullying in all forms are shown with great sensibility by Simon Lelic. It's a very good first novel and I'm looking forward to reading more by him.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful surprise 17 Sept. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable
A great read. In three sittings, at the expense of many tasks. Thought provoking and disturbing in equal measures. Brilliant!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb - great read
What a great find. I really enjoyed this book, it was cleverly written, superbly crafted and all the characters totally believable. Read more
Published 6 months ago by booboo
4.0 out of 5 stars not five stars but very close.
Although this subject has been touched on before this book has a different take on the way the story is told. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!! Would thoroughly recommend
Brilliant!! Would thoroughly recommend. It really made me think. I changed my opinion constantly and talked about it for ages!
Published 7 months ago by deb
5.0 out of 5 stars Rupture
This book is an excellent read. The way it is set out is easy to read. Rupture is also a warning as to what might come.
Published 10 months ago by Joanada
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 11 months 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 15 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 17 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 20 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
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