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 via 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 numerous it seems that parallel tales which ultimately meet."
Alex Prévost--kidnapped, savagely overwhelmed, suspended from the ceiling of an deserted warehouse in a tiny wood cage--is working out of time. Her abductor seems to be to wish merely to monitor her die. Will starvation, thirst, or the rats get her first?
except a shaky eyewitness document of the kidnapping, Police Commandant Camille Verhoeven has not anything to move on: no suspect, no leads, and no family members or pals nervous to discover a lacking family member. The diminutive and magnificent detective is aware 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 heritage, Camille is compelled to recognize that the individual he seeks isn't any traditional sufferer. She is gorgeous, certain, but in addition super tricky and inventive. prior to lengthy, saving Alex's existence may be the least of Commandant Verhoeven's huge challenges.
A 2013 Financial Times publication of the Year
Shortlisted for the 2014 RUSA analyzing checklist Horror Award
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Die Tür stand offen, doch er saß nicht an seinem Schreibtisch. Der Mannschaftsraum war leer, wahrscheinlich war Jeffrey hinten. Im Grunde konnte sie einfach am Anmeldungstresen vorbeimarschieren und selbst nach ihm suchen – wie sie es schon hunderte Male zuvor getan hatte –, doch irgendetwas hielt Sara davon ab, die unsichtbare Grenze zu passieren, ohne den Wegezoll zu entrichten. Marla verschränkte die Arme und lehnte sich zurück. «Schöner Tag heute», sagte sie. Sara blickte hinaus auf die Main Street, wo der Asphalt in der Hitze flimmerte.
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Alex (The Commandant Camille Verhoeven Trilogy, Book 1) by Frank Wynne, Pierre Lemaitre