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Irene by Pierre Lemaitre
  

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Verhoeven is a brilliantly compelling detective and this is his second outing in English. Confusingly though for English language readers, this book was actually written first, just translated second, after Alex, so if you’re new to the series it’s up to you which way round you want to read them. Irene is Verhoeven’s pregnant wife and whilst he should be looking forward to his imminent fartherhood he instead finds himself at the centre of some rather serious press intrusion and a complicated serial killer case as ‘The Novelist’ recreates grisly scenes from famous crime novels. A breathtaking twist at the end will leave you reeling and desperate to read more Verhoeven.

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Synopsis

Irene by Pierre Lemaitre

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...

Reviews

'Gripping, frightening, intelligent and brilliant'
Marcel Berlins, The Times

'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

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About the Author

Pierre Lemaitre

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.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Pierre Lemaitre

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Paperback

Categories

Crime / Mystery
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ISBN

9781782068129

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