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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

  • “[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

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