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For Commandant Verhoeven life is beautiful: he's happily married, and expecting his first child with the lovely Irene. But his blissful existence is punctured by a murder so savage that even the most hardened officers on the force are shaken to the core. In the face of the seemingly motiveless horror, only Verhoeven makes the vital connection - the crime scene resembles one described in a James Ellroy novel too closely for there to be any coincidence. As the stylised murders continue, Verhoeven traces the crimes' literary inspirations, and risks his superiors' ire by taking out adverts to inform the killer of his progress. Before long, the case develops into a personal duel, with each man hell-bent on outsmarting his opponent. There can only be one winner - whoever has the least to lose ...
Publisher: New York : MaLehose Press, 2014
ISBN: 9781623658007
Call Number: M LEMAITRE
Characteristics: 452 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Wynne, Frank


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Jun 24, 2016

If I knew that this book is full of horrible, hideous descriptions of crime scenes similar to the film "Seven", I would not read it. But in terms of crime fiction - the book is written well enough.

Oct 02, 2015

Whoa--This book is out there--I don't know what it is about these Euro/Scandinavian writers... I read alot of crime novels...You could see where the story was going, but the end... I like the depiction of violence as much as the next guy, but...
I hope I don't have bad dreams tonite...Putting "Alex" on my list right now... Pleasant dreams...

VaughanPLRuthanne Mar 04, 2015

Whoa. This roller coaster of a murder mystery is dark. Dark dark dark dark dark. But excellent! If you are squeamish or find gruesome description distasteful, do NOT read this book. But, if you can fight your way past the horror, you will find a diabolical and twisting narrative that, even if you THINK you have figured everything out, will keep on surprising you.

Jan 24, 2015

This author is both excellent and not for the faint-of-heart. His villains tend to make Hannibal Lecture feel like Huckleberry Finn. Highly recommended.

Jul 24, 2014

I've read an AWFUL lot of crime thrillers in my time + this is amongst the very best! Read it as soon as you can!!!

May 22, 2014

Devastating.Don't read it without a very strong stomach.The translator has done a good job. From an English speaking point of view it is a little disconcerting that Commandant Verhoeven's given name is Camille which has feminine connotations although in France it can be either.It's clever. Most unenjoyable.


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