Author(s): Pierre Lemaitre
Winner of the CWA International Dagger Award 2013. In kidnapping cases, the first few hours are crucial. After that, the chances of being found alive go from slim to nearly none. Alex Prevost - beautiful, resourceful, tough - may be no ordinary victim, but her time is running out. Commandant Camille Verh/ven 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 Verh/ven guessing until the bitter, bitter end. And before long, saving her life will be the least of his worries.
Winner of Prix des Lecteurs du Livre de Poche / Policier-Thriller 2012.
'Grippingly original ... It enthralls at every stage of its unpredictability' Marcel Berlins, The Times. 'The book moves from read-as-fast-as-you-can horror to an intricately plotted race to a dark truth' Alison Flood, Guardian. 'Harsh, fierce crime writing with a Gauloise tinge. It would not be out of place filmed in black-and-white by the late, lamented Francois Truffaut' Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail.
Pierre Lemaitre was born in Paris in 1956. He worked for many years as a teacher of literature and now devotes his time to writing novels and screenplays. Frank Wynne is a translator from French and Spanish. His translations include works by Michel Houellebecq and Marcelo Figueras's IFFP-shortlisted Kamchatka.