By Frank Wynne, Pierre Lemaitre
Author note: Frank Wynne (Translator)
Upon successful the celebrated 2013 Crime Writers organization foreign Dagger Award, the judges praised Alex by way of 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 crushed, suspended from the ceiling of an deserted warehouse in a tiny wood cage--is operating out of time. Her abductor seems to wish merely to observe her die. Will starvation, thirst, or the rats get her first?
except a shaky eyewitness file of the kidnapping, Police Commandant Camille Verhoeven has not anything to head on: no suspect, no leads, and no kin or buddies nervous to discover a lacking family member. The diminutive and extraordinary detective is aware from sour event the urgency of discovering the lacking girl as fast 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, convinced, but in addition super difficult and imaginative. ahead of lengthy, saving Alex's existence could be the least of Commandant Verhoeven's massive challenges.
A 2013 Financial Times publication of the Year
Shortlisted for the 2014 RUSA examining checklist Horror Award
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