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In kidnapping cases, the first few hours are crucial. After that, the chances of being found alive go from slim to nearly none. Alex Prevost, 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 Veroeven guessing until the bitter, bitter end. And before long, saving her life will be the least of his worries. --from publisher.
Published: New York :, MacLehose Press,, [2013]
ISBN: 9781623650001
Branch Call Number: F LEM
Characteristics: 368 pages ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Wynne, Frank - Translator


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Jun 22, 2017

Brutal violent vengeful. Some scenes will never be erased from my memory they are so ferocious. In the midst of all the suffering lie questions about who is the real victim and where does morality take us when the captive is released.

Nov 20, 2016

The first book in the Commandant Camille Verhoeven Trilogy series

Jul 21, 2016

A very well written book. Enjoyed it immensely. Some plots twist, but this one reverses on its self more than once. Loved it. The person who didn't 'read on' missed a good read.

Dec 08, 2015

OK, y'all--I confess--I did not finish the book---I'm not light-weight; read and enjoyed "Irene", but it did have some disturbing sections.
Maybe I was in a "delicate flower" moment, but I did'nt want to read anymore after the kidnapper dies and Alex is left with the rats. Sorry

Aug 13, 2015

Alex is one of the most original books that I have ever read.It is extremely suspenseful,original and harrowing.It is beautifully written.I look forward to more books by the author.

ParrenoDude Jan 04, 2015

I read this book in its original French, and must say that I was thrilled with the first 2/3 of the book, but disappointed with the last third. Doesn't mean it's not worth a read, but perhaps it just didn't end the way I was hoping? Give it a whirl.

Jan 04, 2015

This is a fantastic book: a terrifying tale of revenge. Every time you think it's over, it is really just getting more interesting. I have to read the prequel when it arrives!

Jan 14, 2014

Brutal and violent, but also suspenseful. For fans of Nesbo, Steig Larrsson.

ChristchurchLib Oct 14, 2013

"Dark and twisty, starring a tragic French detective and a beautiful kidnapping victim, this translation of a bestselling French novel is the 2013 winner of the CWA International Dagger Award. It's also the brutal opening salvo in a trilogy (though actually the 2nd book in the French version). Knowing he has little time to save the young woman, senior detective Camille Verhoeven is desperate to find her, but the victim - Alex Prévost, held naked in a filthy, tiny cage suspended over a floor teeming with hungry rats - turns out to have resources of her own. Be prepared for violence and torture; some graphic scenes won't be for everyone." Thrillers and Suspense October 2013 newsletter

sjmitra Sep 29, 2013

Alex is one of those rare books -- you devour it and when you finish, you can't commit to another book right away because it is so powerful. Stunning, twisted, brutal and compelling, it's part of the Camille Verhoeven trilogy and I cannot wait till the others are translated and available! Wish I could read Lemaitre's books in French but the translator does a brilliant job.


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