The first Camille Verhoeven investigation - a prequel to the acclaimed and bestselling Alex.
For Commandant Veroeven life is beautiful: he is happily married, expecting his first child with the lovely Irene.
But his blissful existence is punctured by a murder of unprecedented savagery. Worse still, the press seem to have it in for him - his every move is headline news. When he discovers that the killer has killed before - that each murder is a homage to a classic crime novel - the fourth estate are quick to coin a nickname . . . The Novelist . . .
With both men in the public eye, the case develops into a personal duel, each hell-bent on outsmarting the other. There can only be one winner - whoever has the least to lose . . .
About the Authors
Pierre Lemaitre was born in Paris in 1951. He worked for many years as a teacher of literature and now devotes his time to writing novels and screenplays. In 2013 he was awarded the Prix Goncourt, France's most prestigious literary award, for Au revoir la-haut.
Frank Wynne is a translator from French and Spanish. His translations include works by Michel Houellebecq, Marcelo Figueras's IFFP-shortlisted Kamchatka and Alex by Pierre Lemaitre.
Grippingly original . . . It enthrals at every stage of its unpredictability - Marcel Berlins, The TimesThe book moves from read-as-fast-as-you-can horror to an intricately plotted race to a dark truth - Alison Flood, ObserverHarsh, fierce crime writing with a Gauloise tinge. It would not be out of place filmed in black-and-white by the late, lamented Francois Truffaut - Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail
Series: The Camille Verhoeven Trilogy
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 9th September 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1