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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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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 24mm | 260g
  • Quercus Publishing
  • MacLehose Press
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • 1782060790
  • 9781782060796
  • 58,052

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'An absolute gem' Eurocrime. Eurocrime 'Brutal crime writing with a tinge of Gauloise ... brilliant' Daily Mail. Daily Mail 'An invigoratingly scary one-sitting read' Guardian. Guardian 'Relentlessly gripping, Lemaitre is worthy of all the fuss' Independent. Independent '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. Irish Times 'Moves from read-as-fast-as-you-can horror to an intricately plotted race to a dark truth' Alison Flood, Observer. Observer 'It enthrals at every stage of its unpredictability. Grippingly original' The Times. The Times

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About Pierre Lemaitre

Pierre Lemaitre was born in Paris in 1951. He worked for many years as a teacher of literature before becoming a novelist. He was awarded the Crime Writers' Association International Dagger, alongside Fred Vargas, for Alex. In 2013 his novel Au revoir l -haut (The Great Swindle, in English translation) won the Prix Goncourt, France's leading literary award.

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