By Frank Wynne, Pierre Lemaitre
Author note: Frank Wynne (Translator)
Upon profitable the distinguished 2013 Crime Writers organization overseas Dagger Award, the judges praised Alex by way of announcing, "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 operating out of time. Her abductor seems to wish in simple terms to observe 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 family members or neighbors nervous to discover a lacking friend. The diminutive and outstanding detective is familiar with from sour event the urgency of discovering the lacking girl as quick 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 pressured to recognize that the individual he seeks isn't any traditional sufferer. She is gorgeous, definite, but in addition super tricky and innovative. ahead of lengthy, saving Alex's lifestyles stands out as the least of Commandant Verhoeven's massive challenges.
A 2013 Financial Times booklet of the Year
Shortlisted for the 2014 RUSA examining checklist Horror Award
From the Hardcover edition.
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I don’t make it for drugs. ” “No,” Leone agreed. “This was personal. No question. ” The screen door opened and Cal Dixon stepped into the scene. Dixon was fifty-four, silver-haired, and fit. His uniform always looked freshly pressed. He turned his piercing blue eyes first to the victim, then to Leone and Mendez. His expression was grim and washed pale. ” “First murder in a year, boss,” Mendez said, as if that were a bright spot in their lives. Dixon came over to stand with them, hands jammed at his waist.
But no one had suspected the horror Dennis’s life had been. He had been physically and emotionally abused, and had been made an orphan a year ago by the murder of his mother and the suicide of his father, a deputy sheriff. Just hours before his father’s suicide, Dennis had stabbed a class-mate, a little boy who had been his only friend. The boy, Cody Roache, had survived. It remained to be seen if Dennis would survive to live any kind of life. Vince said no. In his experience, children as broken as Dennis Farman were beyond fixing.
I don’t pry into people’s lives. ” she asked softly. ” he asked. ” “No,” she said, getting up from the bench. ” He let her walk herself back to her car, but he watched her the whole way. ” This was the room where Cal Dixon gathered his six full-time detectives to plan their strategy for a major investigation. They had spent a lot of time in this room in the last year. The walls and whiteboards were still covered with photos and information regarding the See-No-Evil cases, which were still being actively worked in preparation for the upcoming trial of Peter Crane.
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