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Camille by Pierre Lemaitre
  

Camille

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Winner of the CWA International Dagger 2015.

The conclusion to the Camille Verhoeven trilogy brings in characters from Irène and Alex but this really does stand on its own and is a great story even without the background. Here Camille, having lost his beloved wife Irène, the subject of the first book, is in love with Anne and will do anything to protect her for she is indeed in grave danger. She saw the face of a man raiding a jewellers who then shot at her. She can identify him so he is out to get her. There is a lot to this terrific thriller, a must read. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

If you like Pierre Lemaitre you might also like to read books by Fred Vargas, Camilla Lackberg and Robert Goddard.


The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. For those seeking the next wave after the all-conquering, all-pervasive Scandinavians, it seems clear that British readers need to look across the Channel, with Gallic crime (more than the Italian variety) throwing out some truly impressive novels and novelists. And none more individual than the massively talented Pierre Lemaitre, whose novel Alex took the crime writing fraternity by storm. The second book, Irène, was issued out of sequence, but this third novel appears in the correct order, and is among the author’s most impressive work. The diminutive Commandant Camille Verhoeven once again has a personal involvement in a case when his partner Anne Forestier happens upon a jewellery raid on the Champs Élysée and is brutally beaten. For the detective, all rules must be broken as personal history looks like repeating itself. Superb stuff from the increasingly extraordinary Lemaitre.
~ Barry Forshaw

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Synopsis

Camille by Pierre Lemaitre

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.

Reviews

'Lemaitre is worthy of all the fuss' -- Barry Forshaw Independent

'Crime fiction of the highest class' -- Geoffrey Wansell Daily Mail

'Superior crime fiction, worthy of the international attention it has received' -- Patrick Anderson Washington Post

'A satisfying finis to the trilogy' -- Barry Forshaw Independent

'The last novel in the gripping trilogy that encompassed Alex and Irene.' -- Marcel Berlins The Times

'This original and poignant story is the final instalment in a trilogy that has been a dazzling success' -- Jessica Mann Literary Review

'Delivering more than its fair share of twists and turns, Camille is also a beautifully naunced portrait of a most unlikely hero, and one who's absence - if this truly is the last we'll see of Commandant Verhoven - will be keenly felt' -- Declan Burke Irish Times

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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ISBN

9780857054142

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