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Rupture by Simon Lelic
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Jun 05, 11

bookshelves: 2011, library-reserved, month-06
Recommended to Gill by: blog: Farm Lane Books via Kimbofo
Read in June, 2011

In a London comprehensive during a stifling heatwave, a teacher kills three pupils and a colleague before turning the gun on himself, but in the aftermath it becomes clear that the man who pulled the trigger is not the only one responsible for the crime.

Rupture is not really a school shooting story as such, focusing instead on the ensuing police investigation. The structure is interesting, with witness accounts dispersed as chapters throughout the book, all seen from the lead investigator's perspective.

Her superiors see it as a simple open-and-shut case:
'You have a murder weapon, a motive, a room full of witnesses.' DCI Cole looked at his watch. 'I've got an hour before I'm due to go home. I could write your report and still knock off twenty minutes early.'

But Detective Inspector Lucia May soon realises that it's not so simple and wants to know why a diffident schoolteacher would do such a thing, bringing her into conflict with her own colleagues.

If you think that murderers are evil people, this book may change the way you look at criminals. It asks us to consider that the perpetrator of a crime is often a victim too. What drives people to commit desperate and terrible acts?
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