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Rupture - Simon Lelic

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As reviewed by Chris Bilkey in the March Crime Buzz. Click here to see all of Booktopia's Newsletters.

This is a very assured debut novel that doesn't fit snugly in the crime genre. The writing is compell- ing, exploring issues of bullying, victimisation and mob behaviour.

In a sweltering London summer, teacher Samuel Szajkowski walks into a school assembly and opens fire. Three pupils and a teacher are shot dead before Samuel turns the gun on himself. As the only woman in her office at CID, DI Lucia May is finding it difficult to be taken seriously by her colleagues.

When she is assigned the case, she is expected to tie things up quickly and without a fuss. As Lucia begins to piece together the testimonies of the teachers and children at the school, a much uglier and more complex picture of the months leading up to the incident begins to emerge.

As the pressure to bury the case builds and the harassment by her colleagues takes a more sinister turn, Lucia begins to realise that she has more in common with Samuel Szajkowski than she could have imagined.

It's unsettling and will have you thinking long after you have finished reading. Definitely worth the journey.

Book Description

North London; in the depths of a sweltering summer, teacher Samuel Szajkowski walks into a school assembly and opens fire. Three pupils and a teacher are shot dead before Samuel turns the gun on himself. As the only woman in her office at CID, Detective Inspector Lucia May is finding it difficult to be taken seriously by her colleagues. When she is assigned the school-murders case, she is expected to tie things up quickly and without a fuss. The incident is a tragedy that couldn't have been predicted and Szajkowski a psychopath beyond help. But as Lucia begins to piece together the testimonies of the teachers and children at the school, a much uglier and more complex picture of the months leading up to the incident begins to emerge - one which leaves many at the school culpable.

As the pressure to bury the case builds and the high jinks of her colleagues take a more sinister turn, Lucia begins to realise that she has more in common with Samuel Szajkowski than she could have imagined. And she is determined to tell the truth about what really happened, whatever the consequences...

About the Author

Simon Lelic has worked as a journalist and currently runs his own business. He was born in Brighton in 1976 and recently returned with his family to live there. Rupture is his first novel.

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ISBN: 9780330513906
ISBN-10: 0330513907
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Published: 1st March 2010
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Dimensions (cm): 21.4 x 13.5  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.326