Winner of the CWA International Dagger Award 2013. In kidnapping cases, the first few hours are crucial. After that, the chances of being found alive go from slim to nearly none. Alex Prévost - beautiful, resourceful, tough - may be no ordinary victim, but her time is running out. Commandant Camille Verhoeven and his detectives have nothing to go on: no suspect, no lead, rapidly diminishing hope. All they know is that a girl was snatched off the streets of Paris and bundled into a white van. The enigma that is the fate of Alex will keep Verhoeven guessing until the bitter, bitter end. And before long, saving her life will be the least of his worries.
@2@@20@Now @21@@20@a major French film @21@@20@@18@Au revoir l@19@@18@à@19@@18@-haut - @19@@21@@20@Prix Goncourt-winning masterpiece by the writer who brought you @18@Alex@19@, @18@Irène@19@ and @18@Camille@19@@21@@20@.@21@@16@@20@@21@@16@@20@October 1918: the war on the Western Front is all but over. Desperate for one last chance of promotion, the ambitious Lieutenant Henri d'Aulnay Pradelle sends two scouts over the top, and secretly shoots them in the back to incite his men to heroic action once more.@21@@3@@2@And so is set in motion a series of devastating events that will inextricably bind together the fates and fortunes of Pradelle and the two soldiers who witness his crime: Albert Maillard and édouard Pericourt.@3@@2@Back in civilian life, Albert and édouard struggle to adjust to a society whose reverence for its dead cannot quite match its resentment for those who survived. But the two soldiers conspire to enact an audacious form of revenge against the country that abandoned them to penury and despair, with a scheme to swindle the whole of France on an epic scale.@3@@2@Meanwhile, believing her brother killed in action, édouard's sister Madeleine has married Pradelle, who is running a little scam of his own...@3@@2@@20@Translated from the French by Frank Wynne@21@@3@
@2@Alain Delambre is a 57-year-old former HR executive, drained by four years of hopeless unemployment.@3@@2@All he is offered are small, demoralizing jobs. He has reached his very lowest ebb, and can see no way out.@3@@2@So when a major company finally invites him to an interview, Alain Delambre is ready to do anything, borrow money, shame his wife and his daughters and even participate in the ultimate recruitment test: a role-playing game that involves hostage-taking.@3@@2@Alain Delambre commits body and soul in this struggle to regain his dignity.@3@@2@But if he suddenly realised that the dice had been loaded against him from the start, his fury would be limitless.@3@@2@And what began as a role-play game could quickly become a bloodbath.@3@
@2@@20@Sophie is haunted by the things she can't remember - and visions from the past she will never forget.@21@@3@@2@One morning, she wakes to find that the little boy in her care is dead. She has no memory of what happened. And whatever the truth, her side of the story is no match for the evidence piled against her.@3@@2@ Her only hiding place is in a new identity. A new life, with a man she has met online.@3@@2@ But Sophie is not the only one keeping secrets . . .@3@@2@For fans of @20@Gone Girl@21@ and Lemaitre's own internationally bestselling @20@Alex@21@, @20@Blood Wedding@21@ is a compelling psychological thriller with a formidable female protagonist.@3@@2@@20@Translated from the French by Frank Wynne@21@@3@
October 1918. The war on the Western Front is all butover for most soldiers - except the ambitious Lieutenant Henri d'AulnayPradelle. Desperate for one last chance of promotion, Pradelle sends two scoutsover the top, and secretly shoots them in the back to incite his men to heroicaction once more. When Albert Maillard realises how the two soldiersmust have died, Pradelle is ready to go to any lengths to silence him. Pushedinto a shell hole and buried alive, Albert is left to face a horrific death -or he is until another soldier, édouard Pericourt digs him out in the nick oftime, loosing half his face to a piece of flying shrapnel for his troubles. So the fates and fortunes of this unlikely pair arebound together. Back in civilian life, both struggle to adjust to a society whosereverence for its dead cannot quite match its resentment for those whosurvived. But Albert and édouard conspire to enact an audaciousform of revenge against the country that abandoned them - first to the trenchesand then to penury and despair - with a scheme to swindle the whole of Franceon an epic scale. Meanwhile, believing her brother killed in action,édouard's sister Madeleine has married Henri d'Aulnay Pradelle, who is runninga little scam of his own...