The Child Who by Simon Lelic
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An unimaginable crime and the man who must defend it-a probing psychological thriller from the author of A Thousand Cuts.

A chance phone call throws the biggest muder case in southern England into the hands of provincial attorney Leo Curtice. Twelve-year- old Daniel Blake stands accused of murdering an eleven-year-old girl. But who is truly responsible when one child kills another? As Curtice sets out to defend the indefensible, he soon finds himself pitted against an enraged community calling for blood. When the buildup of pressure takes a sinister turn, he fears for his wife and young daughter's safety. Must he choose between his family and the life of a damaged child? With piercing psychological insight, Lelic examines a community's response to a hideous crime.

Longlisted for the Crime Writers' Assocaition's Gold Dagger award fro Best Novel of the Year and the Steel Dagger for Best Thriller.


About Simon Lelic

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SIMON LELIC, a former journalist who currently runs his own business, lives in Brighton, England, with his wife and three children. This is his third novel.
Published March 27, 2012 by Penguin Books. 316 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But Leo needs to understand why Daniel became Daniel.

Feb 05 2012 | Read Full Review of The Child Who: A Novel

Publishers Weekly

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British author Lelic follows his acclaimed debut, A Thousand Cuts, with an equally gripping psychological thriller also inspired by a horrific real-life crime.

Jan 09 2012 | Read Full Review of The Child Who: A Novel

Book Reporter

She tries to convince Leo to withdraw from the case, pointing out how their family is agonizingly falling apart.

Mar 15 2012 | Read Full Review of The Child Who: A Novel

The Bookbag

Simon Lelic's third book, The Child Who, takes him back to the format that worked so successfully with his first novel, Rupture, avoiding the near-future angle he took, less successfully I felt, with his second book.

Dec 13 2011 | Read Full Review of The Child Who: A Novel

Lelic tightens this unease of not-really-knowing by sinking the story of Daniel’s arrest and conviction largely within Leo’s whirling mind.

Mar 24 2012 | Read Full Review of The Child Who: A Novel

Huffington Post

This is one of the most interesting things Lelic does in The Child Who: to gradually place Leo in the same position as the parents of Felicity Forbes (the girl killed by Blake), and examine his response.

Jan 11 2012 | Read Full Review of The Child Who: A Novel

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