For Commandant VerhÅ“ven life is beautiful: he is happily married, expecting his first child with the lovely IrÃ¨ne.
But his blissful existence is punctured by a murder of unprecedented savagery. Worse still, the press seem to have it in for him - his every move is headline news. When he discovers that the killer has killed before - that each murder is a homage to a classic crime novel - the fourth estate are quick to coin a nickname... The Novelist...
With both men in the public eye, the case develops into a personal duel, each hell-bent on outsmarting the other. There can only be one winner - whoever has the least to lose...
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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 Là-Haut ( The Great Swindle , In English Translation) Won The Prix Goncourt, France's Leading Literary Award.