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Published by Quercus, 14 February 2013.
Wow! And wow again! This
is an absolutely gripping thriller-cum-crime-novel, one of the darkest and most
grisly books I have ever read. A girl is brutally kidnapped on a
late-night Paris street, and driven away to be stripped by her abductor
and locked into a wooden cage he has built, too small for her to stretch
or sit or lie. There are rats. It's totally horrific.
there has been a series of gruesome murders involving sulphuric acid, which is
occupying the Paris
police at the same time as they try to discover where the kidnap victim has
been taken. The book becomes a straightforward police procedurl as
they to uncover the two quite separate crimes. Of the two main
policemen, one has private means and dresses like a GQ model, the other is a
dwarf. Despite this, the cops are all entirely realistic, which makes it
all the more compelling to read.
As the story
develops, the twists and turns grow ever more jaw-dropping, though still
entirely believable. The dark and hideous denouement comes as a complete
surprise. Totally unforgettable.
should be made of Frank Wynne, the translator. At no point does this read
like a work-in-translation, none of that slight distancing which books
originally written in a foreign language so often have. Wynne deserves a
prize … along with Monsieur Lemaitre.
------ Reviewer: Susan Moody
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.
Susan Moodywas born in Oxford is the principal nom de plumeof Susan
Elizabeth Donaldson, née Horwood, a British novelist best known for her
suspense novels. She is a former Chairman of the Crime Writer's Association,
served as World President of the International Association of Crime Writers,
and was elected to the prestigious Detection Club. Susan Moody has given
numerous courses on writing crime fiction and continues to teach creative
writing in England, France, Australia,
the USA and Denmark.In addition to her many stand alone books,
Susan has written two series, on featuring PI Penny
Wanawake (seven books) and a series of six books featuring bridge player Cassie