By Frank Wynne, Pierre Lemaitre
Author note: Frank Wynne (Translator)
Upon successful the distinguished 2013 Crime Writers organization overseas Dagger Award, the judges praised Alex by means 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 numerous it appears parallel tales which eventually 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 basically 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 relations or acquaintances apprehensive to discover a lacking family member. The diminutive and outstanding detective is familiar with 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 background, Camille is pressured to recognize that the individual he seeks is not any traditional sufferer. She is gorgeous, definite, but in addition super tricky and innovative. earlier than lengthy, saving Alex's existence could be the least of Commandant Verhoeven's substantial challenges.
A 2013 Financial Times ebook of the Year
Shortlisted for the 2014 RUSA studying checklist Horror Award
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