On Sale: March 8, 2010
Featuring: Samuel Szajkowski; Lucia May
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Mystery Police Procedural | Fiction
A stunning debut novel that unravels the hidden story
behind a school shooting
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
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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