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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.
No one is writing quirkier thrillers than Lemaitre, who gets inside the head of his unhinged protagonist with wicked delight while capturing the madness of the modern world ... A feverish, wickedly entertaining work * Kirkus Review *
Pierre Lemaitre continues his upward movement with Three Days and a Life ... typically astringent and accomplished fare -- Barry Forshaw * Guardian *
Thought-provoking and unsettling, Three Days And A Life is another work of genius from a master storyteller at the top of his game -- Jon Coates * Express *
Lemaitre is surely France's most elegant and imaginative crime writer -- Marcel Berlins * The Times *
Lemaitre may be the best current French writer of crime fiction * Financial Times *