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Rupture - Simon Lelic

Rupture - Simon Lelic

Title: Rupture

Author:  Simon Lelic

ISBN:  9780330511636

Weight:  990g

Numbered signed first edition, first printing



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Rupture by Simon Lelic

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…

Bibliographic Data
Book Features
Edition / printing:First edition, first printing
Numbered edition:Yes – 212 of 250
Book features:Black boards with white text (author and title) on spine, black endpapers.
Overall condition:Very fine / Very fine
Signed:Yes – on the number page
Book Stats
Publisher:Pan Macmillan
Awards and prizes:Betty Trask Award winner (2011)
Longlisted 2011 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year
Shortlisted 2010 Galaxy National Book Awards (New Writer
2010 CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger finalist,
Longlisted 2010 Desmond Elliott Prize
Publication date:
Printed by:CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Chatham
ISBN 13:9780330511636
ISBN 10:0330511637
Format:Hardcover with dust jacket
H x W x D:224 x 141 x 30mm
Design Credits
Author photo:Kate Eshelby
Jacket illustration:Cargo

Collectors Notes

  • Rupture was a 2010 CWA John Creasey Dagger finalist and longlisted for the 2010 Desmond Elliott Prize.
  • For more information, you might like to visit Simon Lelic’s website.  This is a rich source of info on his life, books and future projects.

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