Pierre Lemaitre - Author

About the Author

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. In 2013 he was awarded the Prix Goncourt, France's most prestigious literary award, for Au revoir la-haut. Frank Wynne is a translator from French and Spanish. His translations include works by Michel Houellebecq, Marcelo Figueras's IFFP-shortlisted Kamchatka and Alex by Pierre Lemaitre.

Featured books by Pierre Lemaitre

The Great Swindle

The Great Swindle

Author: Pierre Lemaitre Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/11/2015

Back in civilian life, Albert and douard struggle to adjust to a society whose reverence for its dead cannot quite match its resentment for those who survived. But the two soldiers conspire to enact an audacious form of revenge against the country that abandoned them to penury and despair, with a scheme to swindle the whole of France on an epic scale. Meanwhile, believing her brother killed in action, douard's sister Madeleine has married Pradelle, who is running a little scam of his own...

Camille

Camille

Author: Pierre Lemaitre Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/09/2015

Anne Forestier finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time when she blunders into a raid on a jewellers on the Champs-élysées. Shot three times, beaten almost beyond recognition, she is lucky to survive, but her ordeal has only just begun. Lying helpless in her hospital bed, with her assailant still at large, Anne is in grave danger. Just one thing stands in her favour - a partner who will break all the rules to protect the woman he loves: Commandant Camille Verhoven. For Verhoven it's a case of history repeating. He cannot lose Anne as he lost his wife Irène. But his serious breach of protocol - leading a case in which he is intimately involved - leaves him out on a limb, unable to confide in even his most trusted lieutenants. And this time he is facing an adversary whose greatest strength appears to be Verhoven's own matchless powers of intuition.

Camille

Camille

Author: Pierre Lemaitre Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/03/2015

Anne Forestier finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time when she is trapped in the middle of a raid on a jewellers on the Champs-Elysees. Shot three times, she is lucky to survive - and morbidly unlucky to remember the face of her assailant. Followed home from her hospital bed, Anne is in grave danger. But one thing stands in her favour - a dangerously vengeful partner, carrying the scars of devastating loss, who will break all the rules to protect the woman he loves: Commandant Camille Verhoeven. Following the horror of Irene and the thrills of Alex, Camille is the heart-stopping final chapter of Lemaitre's multi-award-winning trilogy, soon to be the subject of a major American film. Drawn once again into a labyrinthine web with answers ever out of reach, Camille must draw on all his talent to face an enemy who threatens everything he holds dear.

Irene

Irene

Author: Pierre Lemaitre Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/07/2014

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

Alex The Brigade Criminelle Trilogy

Alex The Brigade Criminelle Trilogy

Author: Pierre Lemaitre Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2013

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.

Other books by Pierre Lemaitre

Inhuman Resources

Inhuman Resources

Author: Pierre Lemaitre Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2018

Alain Delambre is a 57-year-old former HR executive, drained by four years of hopeless unemployment. All he is offered are small, demoralizing jobs. He has reached his very lowest ebb, and can see no way out. So when a major company finally invites him to an interview, Alain Delambre is ready to do anything, borrow money, shame his wife and his daughters and even participate in the ultimate recruitment test: a role-playing game that involves hostage-taking. Alain Delambre commits body and soul in this struggle to regain his dignity. But if he suddenly realised that the dice had been loaded against him from the start, his fury would be limitless. And what began as a role-play game could quickly become a bloodbath.

Inhuman Resources

Inhuman Resources

Author: Pierre Lemaitre Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/2018

Alain Delambre is a 57-year-old former HR executive, drained by four years of hopeless unemployment. All he is offered are small, demoralizing jobs. He has reached his very lowest ebb, and can see no way out. So when a major company finally invites him to an interview, Alain Delambre is ready to do anything, borrow money, shame his wife and his daughters and even participate in the ultimate recruitment test: a role-playing game that involves hostage-taking. Alain Delambre commits body and soul in this struggle to regain his dignity. But if he suddenly realised that the dice had been loaded against him from the start, his fury would be limitless. And what began as a role-play game could quickly become a bloodbath.

Three Days and a Life

Three Days and a Life

Author: Pierre Lemaitre Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/07/2018

LONGLISTED FOR THE CWA INTERNATIONAL DAGGER 2018 Antoine is twelve years old. His parents are divorced and he lives with his mother in Beauval, a small, backwater town surrounded by forests, where everyone knows everyone's business, and nothing much ever happens. But in the last days of 1999, a series of events unfolds, culminating in the shocking vanishing without trace of a young child. The adults of the town are at a loss to explain the disappearance, but for Antoine, it all begins with the violent death of his neighbour's dog. From that one brutal act, his fate and the fate of his neighbour's six year old son are bound forever. In the years following Remi's disappearance, Antoine wrestles with the role his actions played. As a seemingly inescapable net begins to tighten, breaking free from the suffocating environs of Beauval becomes a gnawing obsession. But how far does he have to run, and how long will it take before his past catches up with him again? Translated from the French by Frank Wynne

Three Days and a Life

Three Days and a Life

Author: Pierre Lemaitre Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 13/07/2017

Twelve-year-old Antoine lives with his mother in Beauval, a small town where nothing much ever happens. But in the last days of 1999, a series of events unfolds, culminating in the disappearance of a child. In the years following Remi's disappearance, Antoine wrestles with the role his actions played. As a seemingly inescapable net begins to tighten, breaking free from the suffocating environs of Beauval becomes a gnawing obsession.

Three Days and a Life

Three Days and a Life

Author: Pierre Lemaitre Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/07/2017

Antoine is twelve years old. His parents are divorced and he lives with his mother in Beauval, a small, backwater town surrounded by forests, where everyone knows everyone's business, and nothing much ever happens. But in the last days of 1999, a series of events unfolds, culminating in the shocking vanishing without trace of a young child. The adults of the town are at a loss to explain the disappearance, but for Antoine, it all begins with the violent death of his neighbour's dog. From that one brutal act, his fate and the fate of his neighbour's six year old son are bound forever. In the years following Remi's disappearance, Antoine wrestles with the role his actions played. As a seemingly inescapable net begins to tighten, breaking free from the suffocating environs of Beauval becomes a gnawing obsession. But how far does he have to run, and how long will it take before his past catches up with him again? Translated from the French by Frank Wynne

Three Days and a Life

Three Days and a Life

Author: Pierre Lemaitre Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/07/2017

Antoine is twelve years old. His parents are divorced and he lives with his mother in Beauval, a small, backwater town surrounded by forests, where everyone knows everyone's business, and nothing much ever happens. But in the last days of 1999, a series of events unfolds, culminating in the shocking vanishing without trace of a young child. The adults of the town are at a loss to explain the disappearance, but for Antoine, it all begins with the violent death of his neighbour's dog. From that one brutal act, his fate and the fate of his neighbour's six year old son are bound forever. In the years following Remi's disappearance, Antoine wrestles with the role his actions played. As a seemingly inescapable net begins to tighten, breaking free from the suffocating environs of Beauval becomes a gnawing obsession. But how far does he have to run, and how long will it take before his past catches up with him again? Translated from the French by Frank Wynne

Blood Wedding

Blood Wedding

Author: Pierre Lemaitre Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/04/2017

Sophie is haunted by the things she can't remember - and visions from the past she will never forget. One morning, she wakes to find that the little boy in her care is dead. She has no memory of what happened. And whatever the truth, her side of the story is no match for the evidence piled against her. Her only hiding place is in a new identity. A new life, with a man she has met online. But Sophie is not the only one keeping secrets . . . For fans of Gone Girl and Lemaitre's own internationally bestselling Alex, Blood Wedding is a compelling psychological thriller with a formidable female protagonist

Blood Wedding

Blood Wedding

Author: Pierre Lemaitre Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/04/2017

Sophie is haunted by the things she can't remember - and visions from the past she will never forget. One morning, she wakes to find that the little boy in her care is dead. She has no memory of what happened. And whatever the truth, her side of the story is no match for the evidence piled against her. Her only hiding place is in a new identity. A new life, with a man she has met online. But Sophie is not the only one keeping secrets . . . For fans of Gone Girl and Lemaitre's own internationally bestselling Alex, Blood Wedding is a compelling psychological thriller with a formidable female protagonist. Translated from the French by Frank Wynne

The Great Swindle Au revoir la-haut (English edition)

The Great Swindle Au revoir la-haut (English edition)

Author: Pierre Lemaitre Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/11/2016

Now a major French film Au revoir la-haut - Prix Goncourt-winning masterpiece by the writer who brought you Alex, Irene and Camille. October 1918: the war on the Western Front is all but over. Desperate for one last chance of promotion, the ambitious Lieutenant Henri d'Aulnay Pradelle sends two scouts over the top, and secretly shoots them in the back to incite his men to heroic action once more. And so is set in motion a series of devastating events that will inextricably bind together the fates and fortunes of Pradelle and the two soldiers who witness his crime: Albert Maillard and Edouard Pericourt. Back in civilian life, Albert and Edouard struggle to adjust to a society whose reverence for its dead cannot quite match its resentment for those who survived. But the two soldiers conspire to enact an audacious form of revenge against the country that abandoned them to penury and despair, with a scheme to swindle the whole of France on an epic scale. Meanwhile, believing her brother killed in action, Edouard's sister Madeleine has married Pradelle, who is running a little scam of his own... Translated from the French by Frank Wynne

Irene The Gripping Opening to The Paris Crime Files

Irene The Gripping Opening to The Paris Crime Files

Author: Pierre Lemaitre Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/07/2016

THE NOVELIST KILLS BY THE BOOK For Commandant Camille Verh ven life is beautiful. He is happily married and soon to become a father. HE'S ALWAYS ONE CHAPTER AHEAD But his blissful existence is punctured by a murder of unprecedented savagery. When his team discovers that the killer has form - and each murder is a homage to a classic crime novel - the Parisian press are quick to coin a nickname . . . The Novelist. HE HATES HAPPY ENDINGS With the public eye fixed on both hunter and hunted, the case develops into a personal duel, each hell-bent on outsmarting the other. There can only be one winner. The one who has the least to lose.

Camille The Final Paris Crime Files Thriller

Camille The Final Paris Crime Files Thriller

Author: Pierre Lemaitre Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/07/2016

MEET COMMANDANT CAMILLE VERHOEVEN OF THE PARIS POLICE WITH NOTHING ELSE TO LOSE Anne Forestier finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time when she blunders into a raid on a jeweller's on the Champs-Elysees. Bludgeoned beyond recognition, she is lucky to survive. But her ordeal has only just begun. HE CAN BREAK ALL THE RULES Lying helpless in her hospital bed, with her assailant still at large, Anne is in mortal danger. Only one thing gives her hope: Commandant Camille Verh ven. TO PROTECT THE WOMAN HE LOVES For Verh ven it's a case of history repeating itself. He cannot lose Anne as he lost his wife. This time he faces an adversary whose greatest strength appears to be Verh ven's matchless powers of intuition. Winner of the 2015 C.W.A. International Dagger

Alex The Heart-Stopping International Bestseller

Alex The Heart-Stopping International Bestseller

Author: Pierre Lemaitre Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/07/2016

SHE'S RUNNING OUT OF TIME Alex Prevost - kidnapped, beaten, suspended from the ceiling of an abandoned warehouse in a wooden cage - is in no position to bargain. Her abductor's only desire is to watch her die. HE WANTS ONLY ONE THING Apart from a shaky police report, Commandant Camille Verh ven has nothing to go on: no suspect, no leads. If he is to find Alex, he will have to get inside her head. ESCAPE IS JUST THE BEGINNING Resourceful, tough, beautiful, always two steps ahead - Alex will keep Verh ven guessing till the bitter end. And before long, saving her life will be the least of his worries.

Blood Wedding

Blood Wedding

Author: Pierre Lemaitre Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/07/2016

Sophie is haunted by the things she can't remember - and visions from the past she will never forget. One morning, she wakes to find that the little boy in her care is dead. She has no memory of what happened. And whatever the truth, her side of the story is no match for the evidence piled against her. Her only hiding place is in a new identity. A new life, with a man she has met online. But Sophie is not the only one keeping secrets . . . For fans of Gone Girl and Lemaitre's own internationally bestselling Alex, Blood Wedding is a compelling psychological thriller with a formidable female protagonist. Translated from the French by Frank Wynne

Camille The Final Paris Crime Files Thriller

Camille The Final Paris Crime Files Thriller

Author: Pierre Lemaitre Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/07/2016

Winner of the 2015 C.W.A. International Dagger WITH NOTHING ELSE TO LOSE Anne Forestier finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time when she blunders into a raid on a jeweller's on the Champs-Elysees. Bludgeoned beyond recognition, she is lucky to survive. But her ordeal has only just begun. HE CAN BREAK ALL THE RULES Lying helpless in her hospital bed, with her assailant still at large, Anne is in mortal danger. Only one thing gives her hope: Commandant Camille Verh ven. TO PROTECT THE WOMAN HE LOVES For Verh ven it's a case of history repeating itself. He cannot lose Anne as he lost his wife. This time he faces an adversary whose greatest strength appears to be Verh ven's matchless powers of intuition.

Blood Wedding

Blood Wedding

Author: Pierre Lemaitre Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2016

Sophie is haunted by the things she can't remember - and visions from the past she will never forget. One morning, she wakes to find that the little boy in her care is dead. She has no memory of what happened. And whatever the truth, her side of the story is no match for the evidence piled against her. Her only hiding place is in a new identity. A new life, with a man she has met online. But Sophie is not the only one keeping secrets . . . For fans of Gone Girl and Lemaitre's own internationally bestselling Alex, Blood Wedding is a compelling psychological thriller with a formidable female protagonist. Translated from the French by Frank Wynne

Camille

Camille

Author: Pierre Lemaitre Format: eBook Release Date: 09/12/2015

Al treilea roman din seria VerhA ven. Laureat International Dagger 2015MartorA a unui jaf pe Champs-lyses, Anne Forestier, noua iubitA a comisarului VerhA ven, reuE eE te sA scape cu viaE A de atacatorul ei. RA mne nsA desfiguratA E i cu traume adnci. VerhA ven se implicA trup E i suflet n aceastA anchetA , ce devine o chestiune strict personalA , mai ales cA infractorul, un recidivist de o cruzime nemaintlnitA , e hotA rt sA o gA seascA pe Anne... Astfel, ntre cei doi bA rbaE i are loc o confruntare pe viaE A E i pe moarte, n care VerhA ven se aratA necruE A tor E i violent, gata sA renunE e la toate principiile sale. Dar cine e, de fapt, vnA torul? E i cine este victima?DacA , sA zicem, personajul Alex este inspirat din Manon Lescaut, Camille aduce foarte mult cu Toulouse Lautrec. Unul dintre marile regrete ale mele este cA nu E tiu sA desenez, aE a cA am inventat un personaj care E tie sA o facA . Avantajul de a avea un personaj artist (chiar E i unul ratat, cum e Camille) este cA poate vorbi E i un alt limbaj n afarA de cel al investigaE iei criminale. n sfrE it, crend-o pe mama lui Camille, o femeie rea, dar o mare artistA , a fost pentru mine un mod de a-l pune pe Camille sub semnul unei contradicE ii care l va bntui n toatA trilogia.Pierre LemaitreLemaitre E tie sA se reinventeze, sA surprindA la fiecare nouA carte. La fel stau lucrurile E i cu Camille: o construcE ie perfectA , cu rA sturnA ri de situaE ie imprevizibile. Alert E i impresionant, al treila roman din seria VerhA ven nu-E i dezamA geE te cititorii. - L'HumanitCt despre Anne, aceasta abia dacA reuE eE te sA iasA din coE mar, ncercnd sA gA seascA un sens lucrurilor care se petrec n jurul ei. Cnd E i ridicA fruntea, camera i nregistreazA pentru o clipA chipul. E sfE ietor. Cnd descoperA asta, Camille este att de impresionat, nct ncurcA tastele telecomenzii, mai ncearcA de douA ori, opreE te imaginea, dA napoi, apoi nici mA car nu o mai recunoaE te. Nu gA seE te nimic n comun ntre Anne, cu figura ei luminoasA , cu privirea veselA , E i faE a aceasta necatA n snge, buhA itA , cu ochii pierduE i E i goi, pA rnd a-E i fi dublat volumul E i a-E i fi pierdut forma."e;

The Great Swindle

The Great Swindle

Author: Pierre Lemaitre Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/11/2015

Back in civilian life, Albert and douard struggle to adjust to a society whose reverence for its dead cannot quite match its resentment for those who survived. But the two soldiers conspire to enact an audacious form of revenge against the country that abandoned them to penury and despair, with a scheme to swindle the whole of France on an epic scale. Meanwhile, believing her brother killed in action, douard's sister Madeleine has married Pradelle, who is running a little scam of his own...

Irene

Irene

Author: Pierre Lemaitre Format: eBook Release Date: 29/09/2015

<p><strong>Prix Cognac 2006</strong></p><p>Inca de la prima crima, infioratoare si derutanta, politistul Camille VerhA ven intelege ca acest caz nu seamana cu niciunul de pana acum. Si are dreptate. Alte crime ies la lumina, oribile... Presa, judecatorul, prefectul se dezlantuie curand impotriva asa-numitei metode VerhA ven"e;.</p><p>Pe comandantul VerhA ven nu-l sperie provocarile, dar aceasta il va lasa absolut singur, fata in fata cu un asasin care pare ca a premeditat totul. In cel mai mic detaliu.</p><p>Cand Irene, sotia sa insarcinata, dispare, Camille realizeaza ca nici viata lui personala nu va scapa teribilului spectacol in regizarea caruia criminalul a pus atata pricepere, dupa toate regulile artei...</p><p>In <em>Irene</em>, violenta atinge cote nebanuite, iar scriitura viguroasa e pe masura intrigii. Cu acest roman, Pierre Lemaitre asaza genul politist pe raftul cu literatura de cel mai inalt nivel. - <em>Washington Post</em></p><p>Un roman-bomba, diabolic si stralucit construit. -<em> Kirkus Review</em></p><p>Camille accelereaza si Louis, tintuit de centura de siguranta, il priveste cu coada ochiului. Ce-o fi in sufletul lui? Ce ganduri i-or trece in momentele astea prin minte? Oare in spatele acelei masti hotarate aude vocea lui Irene, care il cheama si care ii spune: Camille, grabeste-te, vino sa ma salvezi! Masina vireaza, evitand un vehicul oprit la stop, pe bulevardul Denfert-Rochereau, si e limpede ca el aude acel glas, pentru ca mainile i se incordeaza pe volan, mai sa-l rupa."e;</p>

Camille

Camille

Author: Pierre Lemaitre Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/05/2015

Camille - whose wife Irene was murdered by a sadistic serial killer - has at last opened his emotional lockbox for Anne Forestier, the new woman who has unexpectedly entered his life. But brutal history seems to repeat itself as Anne is violently attacked. When it becomes clear that whoever assaulted Anne is determined to finish the job, Camille hides her in his country home. But in spite of his perfect covering of their trail, the mysterious antagonist finds them -

Irene

Irene

Author: Pierre Lemaitre Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/09/2014

There can only be one winner - whoever has the least to lose...For Commandant Verhoeven life is beautiful: he is happily married, expecting his first child with the lovely Irene. But his blissful existence is punctured by a murder of unprecedented savagery. When he discovers that the killer has killed before - and that each murder is a homage to a classic crime novel - the newspapers are quick to coin a nickname - The Novelist.

Irene The Gripping Opening to The Paris Crime Files

Irene The Gripping Opening to The Paris Crime Files

Author: Pierre Lemaitre Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2014

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

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