By Frank Wynne, Pierre Lemaitre
Author note: Frank Wynne (Translator)
Upon profitable the celebrated 2013 Crime Writers organization foreign Dagger Award, the judges praised Alex through 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 a number of it sounds as if parallel tales which eventually meet."
Alex Prévost--kidnapped, savagely overwhelmed, suspended from the ceiling of an deserted warehouse in a tiny wood cage--is operating out of time. Her abductor looks to need merely 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 head on: no suspect, no leads, and no kinfolk or acquaintances worried to discover a lacking family member. The diminutive and great detective understands from sour adventure the urgency of discovering the lacking girl as speedy as possible--but first he needs to comprehend extra approximately her.
As he uncovers the main points of the younger woman's singular historical past, Camille is pressured to recognize that the individual he seeks isn't any traditional sufferer. She is gorgeous, sure, but additionally super difficult and ingenious. earlier than lengthy, saving Alex's lifestyles stands out as the least of Commandant Verhoeven's significant challenges.
A 2013 Financial Times booklet of the Year
Shortlisted for the 2014 RUSA examining record Horror Award
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Alex (The Commandant Camille Verhoeven Trilogy, Book 1) by Frank Wynne, Pierre Lemaitre