Whipping Boy

Whipping Boy

Winner of the Edgar® Award for Best Fact Crime

The true account of one boy’s lifelong search for his boarding-school bully.

Equal parts childhood memoir and literary thriller, Whipping Boy chronicles prize-winning author Allen Kurzweil’s search for his twelve-year-old nemesis, a bully named Cesar Augustus. The obsessive inquiry, which spans some forty years, takes Kurzweil all over the world, from a Swiss boarding school (where he endures horrifying cruelty)… (more)

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Editorial reviews (3 reviews)


In masterfully unraveling decades of crime, cruelty, deception, and repression, he probes the nature of what it means to have an enemy—and what it costs to give others so much power over us.

Kirkus Reviews : Whipping Boy (January 20, 2015)

Full of intrigue and suspense, the story follows the bizarre twists and turns of one man’s journey to find and confront his childhood tormentor—ready-made for a film treatment.

A vastly entertaining book of one man’s obsession and how childhood cruelty can both scar and drive us.


Book Details  


Publisher: Harper (January 20, 2015)

Language: English


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