By Pierre Lemaitre; Frank Wynne (Translator)
(Maclehose Press Quercus, Hardcover, 9781623650001, 368pp.)

Publication Date: September 3, 2013

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the September 2013 Indie Next List
“A beautiful woman is kidnapped after leaving a Paris shop and is brutally beaten and suspended from the ceiling in a wooden crate in an abandoned warehouse by a man who tells her he wants to watch her die. Police Commander Camille Verhoeven is assigned to the case after eyewitnesses report the abduction. He is a detective whose tragic past has crippled him but now uses his extraordinary investigative abilities to understand the victim realizing that trying to save her before she dies is only one of the challenges before him and his team. Alex is chilling and frequently horrifying as the plot twists and turns catching the reader by surprise at every turn.”
-- Fran Keilty, Hickory Stick Bookshop, Washington Depot, CT
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the September 2013 Indie Next List
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the September 2013 Indie Next List
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the September 2013 Indie Next List
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the September 2013 Indie Next List
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the September 2013 Indie Next List

Upon winning the prestigious 2013 Crime Writers Association International Dagger Award, the judges praised Alex by saying, "An original and absorbing ability to leash incredulity in the name of the fictional contract between author and reader... A police procedural, a thriller against time, a race between hunted and hunter, and a whydunnit, written from multiple points of view that explore several apparently parallel stories which finally meet."
Alex Prevost--kidnapped, savagely beaten, suspended from the ceiling of an abandoned warehouse in a tiny wooden cage--is running out of time. Her abductor appears to want only to watch her die. Will hunger, thirst, or the rats get her first?
Apart from a shaky eyewitness report of the abduction, Police Commandant Camille Verhoeven has nothing to go on: no suspect, no leads, and no family or friends anxious to find a missing loved one. The diminutive and brilliant detective knows from bitter experience the urgency of finding the missing woman as quickly as possible--but first he must understand more about her.
As he uncovers the details of the young woman's singular history, Camille is forced to acknowledge that the person he seeks is no ordinary victim. She is beautiful, yes, but also extremely tough and resourceful. Before long, saving Alex's life will be the least of Commandant Verhoeven's considerable challenges.
A 2013 "Financial Times" Book of the Year
Shortlisted for the 2014 RUSA Reading List Horror Award.

About the Author
Ne a Paris, Pierre Lemaitre a notamment enseigne la litterature a des adultes avant de se consacrer a l'ecriture. Ses trois premiers romans, "Travail soigne" (publie aux editions du Masque en 2006 et prix du Premier roman de Cognac 2006), "Robe de marie" (publie chez Calmann-Levy en 2009 et prix du Meilleur polar francophone 2009) et "Cadres noirs" (publie chez Calmann-Levy en 2010 et prix du Polar europeen du Point 2010), lui ont valu un succes critique et public exceptionnel et l'ont revele comme un maitre du roman noir et du thriller. Ses romans sont traduits dans une vingtaine de langues et plusieurs sont en cours d'adaptation cinematographique. En 2014 parait "Rosy & John", une nouvelle enquete de l'inspecteur Camille Verhoeven, publie en exclusivite au Livre de Poche."Au revoir la-haut", son dernier roman paru aux Editions Albin Michel, a recu le prix Goncourt 2013.

Frank Wynne is a writer and award-winning literary translator. Born in Ireland he has lived and worked in Dublin, Paris, Amsterdam, London, Buenos Aires and currently lives in San Jose, Costa Rica. He has translated more than a dozen major novels, among them the works of Michel Houellebecq, Frederic Beigbeder, Pierre Merot and the Ivorian novelist Ahmadou Kourouma. A journalist and broadcaster, he has written for the "Sunday Times," the "Independent," the "Irish Times," "Melody Maker," and "Time Out,"
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