By Frank Wynne
Pierre Lemaitre is understood for writing crime fiction with an alchemical mixture of white-knuckle depth, fearlessly unconventional plotting, and psychologically complex personality improvement. In Irene Lemaitre ingeniously makes use of 5 modern and vintage literary homicide scenes--from William McIlvanney's Laidlaw to Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho--as the framework on which to craft a diabolical prequel to his Crime Writers' organization foreign Dagger Award-winning novel Alex.
Camille Verhoeven, whose diminutive stature belies his fierce depth, has reached an strangely content material (for him) position in existence. he's revered by way of his colleagues and he and his beautiful spouse, Irene, expect their first child.
But while a brand new homicide case hits his desk--a double torture-homicide that is so severe that even the main pro officials are horrified-Verhoeven is triumph over with a feeling of foreboding.
As hyperlinks emerge among the bloody set-piece and no less than one earlier unsolved homicide, it turns into transparent calculating serial killer is at paintings. the click has a box day, taking specific excitement in placing Verhoeven lower than the media highlight (and revealing uncomfortable information of his own life).
Then Verhoeven makes a step forward discovery: the murders are modeled after the exploits of serial killers from vintage works of crime fiction. The double homicide used to be an exquisitely certain replication of a scene from Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho, and one of many associated chilly instances was once a loyal homage to James Ellroy's The Black Dahlia.
The media circus reaches a fever pitch whilst the modus operandi of the killer, dubbed "The Novelist," is published. Worse, the Novelist has taken to writing taunting letters to the police, emphasizing that he'll cease leaving any clues in the back of except Verhoeven continues to be at the case.
For purposes recognized basically to the killer, the case has develop into own. With extra literature--inspired murders surfacing, Verhoeven enlists assistance from an eccentric bookseller and a professor focusing on crime fiction to aim to expect his adversary's subsequent movement. Then Irene is kidnapped.
With time working out, Verhoeven realizes that every one alongside he is been the unwitting dupe within the Novelist's plans to create an unique paintings of his personal. Now, the one individual on the earth the commandant really cares for is at risk, and a cheerful finishing turns out much less and not more most likely because it turns into transparent that the winner of this lethal online game could be the guy with the least to lose.