- Publisher: MacLehose Press
- Format: Paperback | 368 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 24mm | 260g
- Publication date: 1 August 2013
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1782060790
- ISBN 13: 9781782060796
- Sales rank: 104,641
Winner of the CWA International Dagger Award 2013. In kidnapping cases, the first few hours are crucial. After that, the chances of being found alive go from slim to nearly none. Alex Prevost - beautiful, resourceful, tough - may be no ordinary victim, but her time is running out. Commandant Camille Verh/ven and his detectives have nothing to go on: no suspect, no lead, rapidly diminishing hope. All they know is that a girl was snatched off the streets of Paris and bundled into a white van. The enigma that is the fate of Alex will keep Verh/ven guessing until the bitter, bitter end. And before long, saving her life will be the least of his worries.
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Pierre Lemaitre was born in Paris in 1956. He worked for many years as a teacher of literature and now devotes his time to writing novels and screenplays. Frank Wynne is a translator from French and Spanish. His translations include works by Michel Houellebecq and Marcelo Figueras's IFFP-shortlisted Kamchatka.
'It enthrals at every stage of its unpredictability. Grippingly original' The Times. 'An invigoratingly scary one-sitting read' Guardian. 'Hailed as the most important crime novel in translation since Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Alex similarly features as an intriguingly flawed feminist heroine bent on vengeance, and will likely prove a sensation of the crime fiction year' Irish Times. 'Relentlessly gripping, Lemaitre is worthy of all the fuss' Independent. 'Brutal crime writing with a tinge of Gauloise ... brilliant' Daily Mail. 'An absolute gem' Eurocrime. 'Moves from read-as-fast-as-you-can horror to an intricately plotted race to a dark truth' Alison Flood, Observer.