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A Thousand Cuts by Simon Lelic
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Aug 02, 2010

bookshelves: 2010-audio-books, 2010-mysteries
Read in July, 2010

A Thousand Cuts, by Simon Lelic, A-minus, narrated by the following narrators: Patricia Conolly, James Clamp, John Curless, Elizabeth Jasciki, Colin McPhillamy, Charlotte Parry; produced by Recorded Books, downloaded from audible.com

This is a debut novel, and one not to be easily surpassed. A teacher walks into school assembly one day and shoots three students, a teacher colleague, and finally himself. Everyone wants to view it as an open and shut case. The school is looking to expand its capital by entering into a partnership with private schools. The police want to have a quick closure, and what could be easier. Everyone saw the teacher with the gun kill the others and then himself. Hardly a case left to solve at all, right? But the female inspector, the only woman in her department, after interviewing everyone and looking at the transcripts of others she didn’t interview, reaches the conclusion that there is much more going on than meets the eye. Because she is being sexually harassed in her own office, she realizes she has more in common with the killer-a teacher who was from a Polish background who wasn’t tough enough to teach, and who the students bullied and brutalized from the very first day. She becomes convinced that the school officials had much more responsibility for what happened than they will admit. This is a very good book, and using so many narrators made it possible to keep track of the interviews with many different witnesses.

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