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by Pierre Lemaitre
Translated by Frank Wynne

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For Commandant Verhoeven life is beautiful: he is happily married, expecting his first child with the lovely Irène.

But his blissful existence is punctured by a murder of unprecedented savagery. Worse still, the press seem to have it in for him – his every move is headline news. When he discovers that the killer has killed before – that each murder is a homage to a classic crime novel – the fourth estate are quick to coin a nickname… The Novelist…

With both men in the public eye, the case develops into a personal duel, each hell-bent on outsmarting the other. There can only be one winner – whoever has the least to lose…

‘Gripping, frightening, intelligent and brilliant’ Marcel Berlins, The Times.

‘Thrilling … with a page-turning race to a grand-slam finish’ Laura Wilson, Guardian.

‘Quirky, brutal and not for the faint-hearted, it is crime fiction of the highest class … Superbly constructed and executed, it puts Lemaitre very close to Ellroy’s class. If you pick it up, you won’t be able to put it down’ Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail.

‘Fans of the legendary Derek Raymond will love this gem’ Sunday Sport.

‘Ingeniously plotted, deftly mixing dark and comic scenes, introducing the detective’s team with panache’ John Dugdale, Sunday Times.

‘Irène builds on the considerable promise of Alex and confirms Camille Verhœven as one of the most intriguing protagonists to emerge in crime fiction in recent years’ Declan Burke, Irish Times.

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