The first book in the acclaimed Brigade Criminelle Trilogy, reissued in a stunning new package to tie in with Lemaitre's standalone thriller BLOOD WEDDING.
THE NOVELIST KILLS BY THE BOOK
For Commandant Camille Verhoeven life is beautiful. He is happily married and soon to become a father.
HE'S ALWAYS ONE CHAPTER AHEAD
But his blissful existence is punctured by a murder of unprecedented savagery. When his team discovers that the killer has form - and each murder is a homage to a classic crime novel - the Parisian press are quick to coin a nickname . . . The Novelist.
HE HATES HAPPY ENDINGS
With the public eye fixed on both hunter and hunted, the case develops into a personal duel, each hell-bent on outsmarting the other. There can only be one winner. The one who has the least to lose.
Gripping, frightening, intelligent and brilliant. - The Times.
Ingeniously plotted, deftly mixing dark and comic scenes, introducing the detective's team with panache. - Sunday Times.
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. - Daily Mail.
Thrilling ... with a page-turning race to a grand-slam finish. - Guardian.
Pierre Lemaitre was born in Paris in 1951. He worked for many years as a teacher of literature before becoming a novelist. He was awarded the Crime Writers' Association International Dagger, alongside Fred Vargas, for Alex. In 2013 his novel Au revoir la-haut (The Great Swindle, in English translation) won the Prix Goncourt, France's leading literary award.