He kills three pupils and a colleague before turning the gun on himself. 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. 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? A different uniform but the same question. They thought that was why she kept coming back. They thought Lucia enjoyed being here. As the pressure to bury the case builds, she becomes determined to tell the truth about what happened, whatever the consequences. In the depths of a sweltering summer, teacher Samuel Szajkowski walks into his school assembly and opens fire. 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. ' Find what you were looking for, Inspector' ? Every day the same question. She realises too that she has more in common with Szajkowski than she could have imagined. The incident is a tragedy that could not have been predicted and Szajkowski, it seems clear, was a psychopath beyond help. The question was what to do about it. The question was whether to do anything at all. Lucia May, the young policewoman who is assigned the case, is expected to wrap up things quickly and without fuss.
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