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 through 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 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 be to wish simply 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 head on: no suspect, no leads, and no family members or acquaintances worried to discover a lacking family member. The diminutive and exceptional detective is familiar with from sour event the urgency of discovering the lacking girl 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, certain, but in addition super difficult and creative. ahead of lengthy, saving Alex's existence would be the least of Commandant Verhoeven's huge challenges.
A 2013 Financial Times ebook of the Year
Shortlisted for the 2014 RUSA examining checklist Horror Award
From the Hardcover edition.
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Its covers were tattered and brittle, the hardwood boards inside the tooled leather bindings peeking out from the corners. He had it open, exposing its ﬁrst page. It was bare, except for a large, brown-and purple stain in its bottom right corner—the result of a bacterial attack— and a title in its center: Registrum Pauperes Commilitones Christi Templique Salomonis. The Registry of the Templars. “This is the one,” the professor insisted, turning the pages with careful strokes. Most of its linen-based paper leaves seemed to be covered with blocks of prose, written in a cursive Blackletter script.
The archivist looked at him through confused, jittery eyes. “What . . ” Reilly put a comforting hand on the man’s shoulder. “You just blacked out there for a second. ” He wasn’t enjoying the lie. Bescondi looked lost, visibly trying to make sense of the situation. Reilly knew he wouldn’t remember anything—not yet, anyway. But he would. And soon. “Stay there,” Reilly told him. ” The archivist nodded. Reilly shot Sharaﬁ a “let’s-go” ﬂick of the head, his eyes darting dis creetly to the codex he was carrying.
So here’s what we’ll do,” Reilly said. “You want the book. I want Tess. In one piece. So we trade. ” The bomber shook his head, a mock apology on his face. “Can’t do that. I’m not sure it’s safe for me to go down there right now, you know what I mean? No, you’ll have to go get her yourself. So how about this instead. The book, for her location. ” His word. Reilly mashed his teeth. He knew he had no choice. “And that phone you’re holding,” he added. The bomber thought about it for a brief moment, then shrugged.