A Thousand Cuts

By Simon Lelic
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143118619, 304pp.)

Publication Date: January 25, 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the March 2010 Indie Notables
“Simon Lelic introduces a wonderful character, London Det. Inspector Lucia May, in this outstanding debut. In what should be a cut- and-dry murder case, May instead pushes further and deeper, uncovering secrets at all levels. All the characters are fully drawn, and even the murderer is sympathetically portrayed in this deep, and deeply human, examination of responsibility. That said, this is also a fast-paced page turner, with pitch-perfect dialog and characters you long to meet again.”
-- Leslie Reiner, Inkwood Books, Tampa, FL
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the March 2011 Indie Next List
“This is a very timely novel on the insidiousness of bullying and how it can affect all ages, not just kids on the playground. A Thousand Cuts opens with a school shooting committed by a teacher. An open-and-shut case becomes much more when Detective Inspector Lucia May pieces together the testimony from various witnesses and realizes that assigning the blame is not as easy as expected.”
-- Laura Lucy, White Birch Books, North Conway, NH
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer '11 Reading Group List


"In his powerful, wrenching debut, Lelic takes a sadly familiar crime and delves into the equally familiar menace at its root: bullying." -People

In this riveting debut novel about sexism, bullying, and the horrific effects of random acts of violence, Detective Inspector Lucia May investigates a school shooting in which a teacher has killed three pupils, another teacher, and then himself-a tragedy that could not have been predicted. It should be an openand- shut case. Yet as Lucia begins to piece together the testimonies of the various witnesses, an uglier and more complex picture emerges, calling into question the innocence of others. 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.

About the Author

Simon Lelic has worked as a journalist and currently runs his own business. He was born in Brighton, England in 1976 and lives there now with his wife and two sons. This is his first novel.

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