The Child Who

The Child Who

Book - 2012
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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.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, c2012
ISBN: 9780143120919
Branch Call Number: FIC Leli
Characteristics: 303 p. ; 20 cm


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VanessaCCL Oct 08, 2012

"In England, 12-year-old Daniel Black has brutally murdered 11-year-old Felicity Forbes. No one doubts Daniel's guilt, yet solicitor Leo Curtice feels compelled to defend him despite pleas from his wife and daughter to pass the case up. Defending the indefensible soon turns out to be the worst thing he could have done, as no one supports his choice - and the threats against his family quickly escalate. Based on a real-life crime, The Child Who takes on complex questions of responsibility and guilt as it explores the weighty issue of children who commit outrageous crimes. In addition to the Steel Dagger, it was also longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of 2012." Next Reads Thrillers and Suspense October 2012 Newsletter

Oct 01, 2012

This is a very good book, gives insight for both the solicitor (Leo) and his wife (Meg). Meg's views are a flash foward, I'm pretty sure. Awesome read, really interesting and has unexpected twists.

Apr 06, 2012

This is a cracking good novel dealing with the problem of how to treat young offenders who have committed serious crimes. We have the same problem in the U.S. so this book is interesting on more than one level.
It is an engaging page turner which also provides insight into a hearbreaking, too widespread social problem


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