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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pierre Lemaitre Narrator: David Rintoul Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Commandant Camille Verhoeven Trilogy Release Date: September 2013 ISBN: 9781623653569
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Alex Prévost—kidnapped, savagely beaten, suspended from the ceiling of an abandoned warehouse in a tiny wooden cage—is running out of time. Her abductor appears to want only to watch her die. Will hunger, thirst, or the rats get her first?

Apart from a shaky eyewitness report of the abduction, Police Commandant Camille Verhoeven has nothing to go on: no suspect, no leads, and no family or friends anxious to find a missing loved one. The diminutive and brilliant detective knows from bitter experience the urgency of finding the missing woman as quickly as possible, but first he must understand more about her.

As he uncovers the details of the young woman’s singular history, Camille is forced to acknowledge that the person he seeks is no ordinary victim. She is beautiful, yes, but also extremely tough and resourceful. Before long, saving Alex’s life will be the least of Commandant Verhoeven’s considerable challenges.

When this book won the prestigious Crime Writers Association International Dagger Award in 2013, the judges praised it by saying, “An original and absorbing ability to leash incredulity in the name of the fictional contract between author and reader…A police procedural, a thriller against time, a race between hunted and hunter, and a whydunnit, written from multiple points of view that explore several apparently parallel stories which finally meet.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • Lemaitre's plot is laid out with mathematical precision: a beautiful woman is kidnapped, stripped naked, thrown into a cage and subjected to the systematic torture of a brutal captor . . . Revenge narratives go all the way back to the Greeks, but it's the vagina dentate component that sets a specimen like Alex apart, as Lemaitre adapts Larsson's blueprint with moves of his own. Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
  • Relentlessly gripping . . . Various subtle variations of the crime novel are handled with aplomb . . . By page 200 you may believe that you're moving to a pulse-raising conclusion. But you will be wrong; in some senses, the novel has only just begun. Barry Forshaw, Independent
  • The winner of countless French crime-writing prizes, Lemaitre is far too canny to join the ranks of thriller authors who merely revel in disturbing details and gory crimes. Where another novel would have finished, Alex is just beginning, and the book moves from read-as-fast-as-you-can horror to an intricately plotted race to a dark truth . . . There's humour here, and characters to return to, but really Alex is about thrills. And as the novel barrels triumphantly towards its unexpected but satisfying conclusion, it's in this respect that it deliver. Alison Flood, The Observer
  • Genuinely unpredictable in a way few suspense novels are. Charles Finch, USA Today
  • Will keep you turning pages until well past your bedtime--with all the lights on, of course. Library Journal
  • Lemaitre's impressive American debut . . . unexpected plot twists will keep readers turning the pages. Publishers Weekly (Starred and Boxed Review)
  • Hypnotic... [a] remarkably determined and dangerous young woman--a woman who admittedly makes Lisbeth Salander look like Mary Poppins. Raven Crime Reads
  • Genuinely unpredictable in a way few suspense novels are. Charles Finch, USA Today
  • Fascinating... filled with many twists and turns of plot along with a huge surprise. Connie Fletcher, Booklist
  • An original and absorbing ability to leash incredulity in the name of the fictional contract between author and reader... A police procedural, a thriller against time, a race between hunted and hunter, and a whydunnit, written from multiple points of view that explore several apparently parallel stories which finally meet. CWA International Dagger Award Judges citation
  • Before you can say Gone Girl, he discovers the crime is far from random and Alex anything but an ordinary victim. This gritty page-turner, Alex, is the first in a promised trilogy. Plus, s'il vous plait. Thom Geier, Entertainment Weekly
  • Fascinating . . . filled with many twists and turns of plot along with a huge surprise. Connie Fletcher, Booklist
  • Before you can say Gone Girl, he discovers the crime is far from random and Alex anything but an ordinary victim. This gritty page-turner, Alex, is the first in a promised trilogy.Plus, s'il vous plait. Thom Geier, Entertainment Weekly
  • An original and absorbing ability to leash incredulity in the name of the fictional contract between author and reader... A police procedural, a thriller against time, a race between hunted and hunter, and a whydunnit, written from multiple points of view that explore several apparently parallel stories which finally meet. CWA International Dagger Award Judges citation
  • An eloquent thriller with a denouement that raises eyebrows as it speeds the pulse. Kirkus Reviews (starred)
  • An auspicious English-language debut . . . With quiet virtuosity, Lemaitre moves the narrative through its various levels toward a concluding act of retribution that is both ingeniously conceived and immensely satisfying. Tricky, disturbing and ultimately affecting, Alex is a welcome addition to the rising tide of European crime fiction that has followed in the wake of Stieg Larsson's death. Larsson's many readers should take this book to their hearts and should find themselves waiting, with some degree of impatience, for the next Verhoeven novel to appear. Bill Sheehan, The Washington Post Book World
  • An eloquent thriller with a denouement that raises eyebrows as it speeds the pulse. Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
  • An auspicious English-language debut... With quiet virtuosity, Lemaitre moves the narrative through its various levels toward a concluding act of retribution that is both ingeniously conceived and immensely satisfying. Tricky, disturbing and ultimately affecting, Alex is a welcome addition to the rising tide of European crime fiction that has followed in the wake of Stieg Larsson's death. Larsson's many readers should take this book to their hearts and should find themselves waiting, with some degree of impatience, for the next Verhoeven novel to appear. Bill Sheehan, The Washington Post Book World
  • Will keep you turning pages until well past your bedtime--with all the lights on, of course. Library Journal
  • What begins as a search for a missing person soon becomes a beguiling series of investigations linked only by Alex, a Parisian version of Lisbeth Salander. Camille, volatile, brilliant and just under 5ft, is an equally riveting figure. John Dugdale, The Sunday Times
  • The winner of countless French crime-writing prizes, Lemaitre is far too canny to join the ranks of thriller authors who merely revel in disturbing details and gory crimes. Where another novel would have finished, Alex is just beginning, and the book moves from read-as-fast-as-you-can horror to an intricately plotted race to a dark truth... There's humour here, and characters to return to, but really Alex is about thrills. And as the novel barrels triumphantly towards its unexpected but satisfying conclusion, it's in this respect that it deliver. Alison Flood, The Observer
  • Relentlessly gripping... Various subtle variations of the crime novel are handled with aplomb... By page 200 you may believe that you're moving to a pulse-raising conclusion. But you will be wrong; in some senses, the novel has only just begun. Barry Forshaw,...
  • Lemaitre's plot is laid out with mathematical precision: a beautiful woman is kidnapped, stripped naked, thrown into a cage and subjected to the systematic torture of a brutal captor... Revenge narratives go all the way back to the Greeks, but it's the vagina dentate component that sets a specimen like Alex apart, as Lemaitre adapts Larsson's blueprint with moves of his own. Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
  • Lemaitre's impressive American debut... unexpected plot twists will keep readers turning the pages. Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed review)
  • What begins as a search for a missing person soon becomes a beguiling series of investigations linked only by Alex, a Parisian version of Lisbeth Salander. Camille, volatile, brilliant and just under 5 feet tall, is an equally riveting figure. John Dugdale, The Sunday Times
  • Hypnotic . . . [A] remarkably determined and dangerous young woman--a woman who admittedly makes Lisbeth Salander look like Mary Poppins. Raven Crime Reads
  • Alex had me gripped more than almost any book I can remember, with one shout-out-aloud, knockout twist after another. Peter James, #1 NYT-bestselling author of the DS Roy Grace novels
  • “[A] gritty page-turner.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Genuinely unpredictable in a way few suspense novels are.”

    USA Today

  • “Tricky, disturbing, and ultimately affecting, Alex is a welcome addition to the rising tide of European crime fiction that has followed in the wake of Stieg Larsson’s death. Larsson’s many readers should take this book to their hearts and should find themselves waiting, with some degree of impatience, for the next Verhoeven novel to appear.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Both a psychological thriller and a police procedural, it enthralls at every stage of its unpredictability…Grippingly original.”

    Times (London)

  • “Relentlessly gripping…Various subtle variations of the crime novel are handled with aplomb…By page 200 you may believe that you’re moving to a pulse-raising conclusion. But you will be wrong; in some senses, the novel has only just begun.”

    Independent (London)

  • “The winner of countless French crime-writing prizes, Lemaître is far too canny to join the ranks of thriller authors who merely revel in disturbing details and gory crimes. Where another novel would have finished, Alex is just beginning, and the book moves from read-as-fast-as-you-can horror to an intricately plotted race to a dark truth…There’s humour here, and characters to return to, but really Alex is about thrills. And as the novel barrels triumphantly towards its unexpected but satisfying conclusion, it’s in this respect that it deliver[s].”

    Observer (London)

  • “Divided into three distinct acts [Alex] offers an intriguing structure…Lemaître is not only providing a fascinating variation of the traditional crime narrative but also a commentary on the genre itself. Hailed as the most important crime novel in translation since Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Alex similarly features as an intriguingly flawed feminist heroine bent on vengeance, and will likely prove a sensation of the crime fiction year.”

    Irish Times

  • “A weaver of dark and disturbing crime fiction…Lemaître brings his stinging, bitter story to a genuinely unexpected conclusion. We are not in the comfortable world of Inspector Maigret here—this is 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, who loved crime tales like this.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “Lemaître’s impressive American debut…Unexpected plot twists will keep readers turning the pages.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “An eloquent thriller with a denouement that raises eyebrows as it speeds the pulse.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “An off-beat and slightly surreal Parisian mystery…A warmly recommended read.”

    Literary Review (London)

  • “Exhilarating, literary, Hitchcockian…This new investigation of Commandant Camille Verhoeven resumes with the sense of suspense, the art of the unexpected twist, the play on emotions that so seduced us.”

    Le Monde

  • Winner of the 2013 CWA International Dagger Award
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, September 2013
  • An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2013
  • Selected for the September 2013 Indie Next List
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About the Author

Pierre Lemaitre has worked for many years as a literature teacher. His novels have earned him exceptional critical and public acclaim as a master of crime fiction and have won him the Prix du Premier Roman de Cognac 2006, the Prix du Meilleur Polar Francophone 2009, and the Prix du Polar Européen du Point 2010. Alex is his first novel to be translated into English and won the prestigious 2013 Crime Writers’ Association International Dagger Award. 

About the Narrator

David Rintoul is a stage and television actor. A former student of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, he has worked extensively with the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has also appeared regularly on BBC television, starring as Mr. Darcy in the 1980 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and as Doctor Finlay in the television series of the same name.