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Irene

(2014)
(The second book in the Commandant Camille Verhoeven Trilogy series)
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Pierre Lemaitre is known for writing crime fiction with an alchemical mix of white-knuckle intensity, fearlessly unconventional plotting, and psychologically intricate character development. In Irene Lemaitre ingeniously uses five contemporary and classic literary murder scenes - from William McIlvanney's Laidlaw to Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho - as the framework on which to craft a diabolical prequel to his Crime Writers' Association International Dagger Award-winning novel Alex.

Camille Verhoeven, whose diminutive stature belies his fierce intensity, has reached an unusually content (for him) place in life. He is respected by his colleagues, and he and his lovely wife, Irene, are expecting their first child.

But when a new murder case hits his desk - a double torture-homicide that's so extreme that even the most seasoned officers are horrified - Verhoeven is overcome with a sense of foreboding.

As links emerge between the bloody set-piece and at least one past unsolved murder, it becomes clear that a calculating serial killer is at work. The press has a field day, taking particular pleasure in putting Verhoeven under the media spotlight (and revealing uncomfortable details of his personal life).

Then Verhoeven makes a breakthrough discovery: The murders are modeled after the exploits of serial killers from classic works of crime fiction. The double murder was an exquisitely detailed replication of a scene from Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho, and one of the linked cold cases was a faithful homage to James Ellroy's The Black Dahlia.

The media circus reaches a fever pitch when the modus operandi of the killer, dubbed "The Novelist", is revealed. Worse, the Novelist has taken to writing taunting letters to the police, emphasizing that he will stop leaving any clues behind unless Verhoeven remains on the case.

For reasons known only to the killer, the case has become personal.

Genre: Mystery

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Hardback Editions

December 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: Irene: The Commandant Camille Verhoeven Trilogy
Author(s): Pierre Lemaitre
ISBN: 1-62365-800-4 / 978-1-62365-800-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: MacLehose Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


March 2014 : UK Hardback
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Title: Irene: The Gripping Opening to The Paris Crime Files
Author(s): Pierre Lemaitre
ISBN: 0-85705-288-8 / 978-0-85705-288-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: MacLehose Press
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Paperback Editions

July 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: Irene: The Gripping Opening to The Paris Crime Files
Author(s): Pierre Lemaitre
ISBN: 0-85705-624-7 / 978-0-85705-624-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: MacLehose Press
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July 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: Irene: The Gripping Opening to The Paris Crime Files
Author(s): Pierre Lemaitre
ISBN: 0-85705-625-5 / 978-0-85705-625-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: MacLehose Press
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November 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: Irene: The Commandant Camille Verhoeven Trilogy
Author(s): Pierre Lemaitre
ISBN: 1-62365-664-8 / 978-1-62365-664-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: MacLehose Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


July 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Irene: Book One of the Brigade Criminelle Trilogy (Brigade Criminelle Series)
Author(s): Pierre Lemaitre
ISBN: 1-78206-812-0 / 978-1-78206-812-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: MacLehose Press
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September 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Irene: Book One of the Brigade Criminelle Trilogy (Brigade Criminelle Series)
Author(s): Pierre Lemaitre
ISBN: 0-85705-352-3 / 978-0-85705-352-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: MacLehose Press
Availability: Amazon UK   


February 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Irene: The Gripping Opening to The Paris Crime Files
Author(s): Pierre Lemaitre
ISBN: 0-85705-289-6 / 978-0-85705-289-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: MacLehose Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

January 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Irene: The Commandant Camille Verhoeven Trilogy
Author(s): Pierre Lemaitre
Publisher: Quercus
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January 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Irene: The Commandant Camille Verhoeven Trilogy
Author(s): Pierre Lemaitre
Publisher: Quercus
Availability: Amazon CA   


September 2014 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Irene (Unabridged Audiobook)
Author(s): Pierre Lemaitre
ISBN: 1-4712-7257-5 / 978-1-4712-7257-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jammer Audiobooks
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August 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Irene: Camille Verhoeven, Book 1
Author(s): Pierre Lemaitre, Frank Wynne (translator)
Publisher: Quercus
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August 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Irene: Camille Verhoeven, Book 1
Author(s): Pierre Lemaitre, Frank Wynne (translator)
Publisher: Quercus
Availability: Amazon CA   


August 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Irene: Camille Verhoeven, Book 1
Author(s): Pierre Lemaitre, Frank Wynne (translator)
Publisher: Quercus
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

December 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Irene: The Commandant Camille Verhoeven Trilogy
Author(s): Pierre Lemaitre
Publisher: MacLehose Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


March 2014 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Irene: The Gripping Opening to The Paris Crime Files (Verhoeven Trilogy Book 1)
Author(s): Pierre Lemaitre
Publisher: MacLehose Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU