By Frank Wynne, Pierre Lemaitre
Author note: Frank Wynne (Translator)
Upon profitable the distinguished 2013 Crime Writers organization foreign Dagger Award, the judges praised Alex via asserting, "An unique and soaking up skill to leash incredulity within the identify of the fictitious agreement among writer and reader . . . A police procedural, a mystery opposed to time, a race among hunted and hunter, and a whydunnit, written from a number of issues of view that discover numerous it seems that parallel tales which eventually meet."
Alex Prévost--kidnapped, savagely overwhelmed, suspended from the ceiling of an deserted warehouse in a tiny wood cage--is operating out of time. Her abductor seems to need purely to monitor her die. Will starvation, thirst, or the rats get her first?
except a shaky eyewitness document of the kidnapping, Police Commandant Camille Verhoeven has not anything to move on: no suspect, no leads, and no relatives or neighbors worried to discover a lacking family member. The diminutive and impressive detective understands from sour adventure the urgency of discovering the lacking lady as speedy as possible--but first he needs to comprehend extra approximately her.
As he uncovers the main points of the younger woman's singular heritage, Camille is pressured to recognize that the individual he seeks isn't any usual sufferer. She is gorgeous, certain, but in addition super tricky and innovative. sooner than lengthy, saving Alex's existence may be the least of Commandant Verhoeven's significant challenges.
A 2013 Financial Times booklet of the Year
Shortlisted for the 2014 RUSA interpreting checklist Horror Award
From the Hardcover edition.