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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (958 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Simon Lelic Narrator: Patricia Conolly, James Clamp, John Curless, Elizabeth Jasicki, Colin McPhillamy, Charlotte Parry Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It should be an open-and-shut case. Samuel Szajkowski, a recently hired history teacher, walked into a school assembly with a gun and murdered three students and a colleague before turning the weapon on himself. It was a tragedy that could not have been predicted. Szajkowski, it seems clear, was a psychopath beyond help.

Yet as Detective Inspector Lucia May - the only woman in her high-testosterone office in the Criminal Investigations Department - begins to piece together the testimonies of the various witnesses, an uglier and more complex picture emerges, calling into question the innocence of others. But no one, including Lucia's boss, is interested.

As the pressure to close the case builds and her colleagues' sexism takes a sinister turn, Lucia begins to realize that she has more in common with the killer than she could have imagined, and she becomes deter­mined to expose the truth. Brilliantly interweaving the witnesses' accounts with Lucia's own perspective, A Thousand Cuts is a narrative tour de force from a formidable new voice in fiction.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by George Ilsley | 2/20/2014

    " I picked this one up when I was crushing on The Facility; that is, before I had reached the point where the more I read, the less I liked it. So I was prejudiced to not like this one, and while I admire the narrative voices, this novel did not achieve anything. I did not believe the character, Inspector May, who seemed like an naive innocent who had just wandered into her job. I wished the individual chapters had names identifying the voice, so I would not have to work at guessing who was speaking (that seemed especially gimmicky and trying to be too clever. Why make the reader do all the work?). The plot symmetry of having Lucia May experience the bullying and harassment at her work place seemed forced. Is any of that enough to make a police inspector sympathetic to a school shooter? You must be nuts. Quit your job, find another line of work: bringing a gun to a school assembly is not an option. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Danette | 2/17/2014

    " Had a hard time getting through this one. Boring. So I did the only thing I knew how to do - read it in one day just to be done with it. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Susanna | 1/28/2014

    " Good book about an awful subject. Liked the main characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Waven | 1/26/2014

    " The jacket reads "stunning debut novel" and Lelic delivers just that. Sharp, witty, by turns both humorous and chilling, the story of a school shooting evolves into something much deeper and more complex than a simple tale of mental instability or revenge. Unfolding through people's testimonies and the experiences of the protagonist detective inspector, we find a morass of touchy subjects - respect and responsibility, politics and pressures, indecency and individual limitation. Vivid and often uncompromising, Lelic navigates deftly through in search of truth and justice. I was very much impressed by this novel, especially as a debut, and any criticisms I might have are easily eclipsed by my commendations. Bottom line, this is an excellent read headed straight for my favorites shelf. "

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