Alex (The Commandant Camille Verhoeven Trilogy, Book 1) by Frank Wynne, Pierre Lemaitre

By Frank Wynne, Pierre Lemaitre

Author note: Frank Wynne (Translator)
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Upon profitable the celebrated 2013 Crime Writers organization overseas Dagger Award, the judges praised Alex via asserting, "An unique and soaking up skill to leash incredulity within the identify of the fictitious agreement among writer and reader . . . A police procedural, a mystery opposed to time, a race among hunted and hunter, and a whydunnit, written from a number of issues of view that discover numerous it sounds as if parallel tales which ultimately meet."

Alex Prévost--kidnapped, savagely crushed, suspended from the ceiling of an deserted warehouse in a tiny wood cage--is working out of time. Her abductor seems to be to need purely to monitor her die. Will starvation, thirst, or the rats get her first?

except a shaky eyewitness record of the kidnapping, Police Commandant Camille Verhoeven has not anything to move on: no suspect, no leads, and no relations or neighbors nervous to discover a lacking family member. The diminutive and remarkable detective understands from sour event the urgency of discovering the lacking lady as fast as possible--but first he needs to comprehend extra approximately her.

As he uncovers the main points of the younger woman's singular background, Camille is pressured to recognize that the individual he seeks is not any usual sufferer. She is gorgeous, definite, but additionally super tricky and imaginative. prior to lengthy, saving Alex's existence would be the least of Commandant Verhoeven's significant challenges.

A 2013 Financial Times ebook of the Year
Shortlisted for the 2014 RUSA examining record Horror Award

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Killed a young girl in Sefton Park, supposedly. ’ ‘Good grief - oh, bugger it! ’ Jock was agog. Murder did this to people, Harry had discovered. It was the ultimate taboo: nothing could touch it for thrills. ’ Jock fiddled with his computer. ’ Storing Crusoe and Devlin’s records here had been Jim’s idea. Until six months ago the firm’s dead files had been kept beneath the office in the basement of New Commodities House. Harry had preferred it that way; if he needed to refer to old papers, he liked to think they were close at hand.

Perhaps he was not such a fool as he seemed. Even so, could Miller be right? Was it possible that if only - that phrase again! - Edwin Smith had chosen to be competently represented, he might not merely be alive today, but walking the city streets a free man? As he made his way towards the bathroom, Harry reminded himself of the stern New Year’s resolution he had made a couple of weeks before: no more ‘if onlys’. The trouble was that he had a restless mind; he could never resist the temptation to speculate.

The early exchanges were low-key, little more than a series of pleasantries. Vaulkhard lingered over the sergeant’s past record, and the commendations he’d received for shrewd detective work. The sergeant, a heavily built man in his forties, was on the alert for traps and for some time his responses were cautious and monosyllabic. But gradually he began to unbend and by the time Vaulkhard moved on to his part in the Walter case, he was in the mood to defend his actions with vigour. ’ ‘As a matter of fact, I was.

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