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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, and as sole winner for Camille. In 2013 his novel Au revoir la-haut (The Great Swindle, in English translation) won the Prix Goncourt, France's leading literary award.
A really excellent suspense novelist. Stephen King. MacLehose has done it again ... in Pierre Lemaitre he has unearthed another master of crime fiction destined to become a household name. -- Adam Sage The Times. Grippingly original ... It enthralls at every stage of its unpredictability. -- Marcel Berlins The Times. Moves from read-as-fast-as-you-can horror to an intricately plotted race to a dark truth ... Alex is about thrills. -- Alison Flood Observer. An invigoratingly scary, one-sitting read. -- Laura Wilson Guardian. 'An absolute gem' Eurocrime. Eurocrime 'Brutal crime writing with a tinge of Gauloise ... brilliant' Daily Mail. Daily Mail 'An invigoratingly scary one-sitting read' Guardian. Guardian 'Relentlessly gripping, Lemaitre is worthy of all the fuss' Independent. Independent 'Hailed as the most important crime novel in translation since Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Alex similarly features as an intriguingly flawed feminist heroine bent on vengeance, and will likely prove a sensation of the crime fiction year' Irish Times. Irish Times 'Moves from read-as-fast-as-you-can horror to an intricately plotted race to a dark truth' Alison Flood, Observer. Observer 'It enthrals at every stage of its unpredictability. Grippingly original' The Times. The Times