Alex (The Commandant Camille Verhoeven Trilogy, Book 1) by Frank Wynne, Pierre Lemaitre

By Frank Wynne, Pierre Lemaitre

Author note: Frank Wynne (Translator)

Upon profitable the celebrated 2013 Crime Writers organization overseas Dagger Award, the judges praised Alex through announcing, "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 a number of it seems that parallel tales which eventually meet."

Alex Prévost--kidnapped, savagely crushed, suspended from the ceiling of an deserted warehouse in a tiny wood cage--is operating out of time. Her abductor seems to need simply to observe 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 relations or neighbors apprehensive to discover a lacking friend. The diminutive and awesome detective is familiar with from sour event the urgency of discovering the lacking lady as quick 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 is not any traditional sufferer. She is gorgeous, sure, but additionally super difficult and creative. prior to lengthy, saving Alex's lifestyles could be the least of Commandant Verhoeven's significant challenges.

A 2013 Financial Times publication of the Year
Shortlisted for the 2014 RUSA interpreting checklist Horror Award

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Süden schlug die Augen auf und die Sonne sprang ihn an wie ein wollüstiges Tier. Anstatt im Büro zu sein, saß er in einem Café und zerbrach sich den Kopf über ein stadtbekanntes Mädchen. Und er musste an Raphael denken, den suizidgefährdeten Jungen, der von zu Hause weggelaufen und dessen Gesicht ebenfalls stadtbekannt gewesen war, sein Foto war in allen Zeitungen gewesen. Als Süden ihn endlich fand, rückten die Reporter an. In regelmäßigen Abständen telefonierte er noch heute mit Raphael. Der Junge wohnte wieder bei seiner Mutter, was für beide ein Glück war.

Süden und Freya Epp hatten den Raum verlassen und von nebenan hörte man eine Frau telefonieren, Erika Haberl, die Sekretärin der Vermisstenstelle. Er musste an seine Tochter Claudine denken, die war neun und ein umtriebiges, unerschrockenes Kind, dem man mit guten Argumenten zu kommen hatte, wenn man es überzeugen wollte. Wäre sie fähig, eines Tages einfach abzuhauen? Sich Straßenkindern anzuschließen, mit ihnen herumzuziehen, zu betteln, Drogen zu nehmen und die Gesellschaft zu verachten? Würde er die Anzeichen rechtzeitig erkennen und mit ihr sprechen und ihr zuhören?

Er ließ sich scheiden und seine Frau war einverstanden. Sagt er. Sie sollte weiter im Hotel arbeiten und ihr Auskommen haben. Kurz nach der Scheidung hatte Felt einen Zusammenbruch und es sah so aus, als würde er sterben. Er trank zu viel und schluckte Tabletten und Aufputschmittel. Und weil er nicht wollte, was ja verständlich ist, dass sein Besitz unter die Räder kommt, setzte er seine Exfrau wieder als Erbin ein und bestimmte, dass ihr Name ins Logo kommt. « »Aber er hat überlebt«, sagte Sonja.

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