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Pierre Lemaître


In kidnapping cases, the first few hours are crucial. After that, the chances of being found alive go from slim to nearly none. Alex Prévost – beautiful, resourceful, tough – may be no ordinary victim, but her time is running out.

Commandant Camille Verhoeven 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 Verhoeven guessing until the bitter, bitter end. And before long, saving her life will be the least of his worries.

Pierre Lemaitre worked for many years as a teacher of literature. His novels to date have earned him exceptional critical and public acclaim as a master of both the crime novel and the thriller.

Frank Wynne is a translator from French and Spanish. His translations include works by Michel Houellebecq and Marcelo Figueras's IFFP-shortlisted Kamchatka.

About the book:

Translated from Alex, by Pierre Lemaître, Editions Albin Michel, 2011

Winner of the CWA International Dagger Award 2013.