Summary

For Commandant Verhoeven life is beautiful: he is happily married, expecting his first child with the lovely Irène.
But his blissful existence is punctured by a murder of unprecedented savagery. Worse still, the press seem to have it in for him - his every move is headline news. When he discovers that the killer has killed before - that each murder is a homage to a classic crime novel - the fourth estate are quick to coin a nickname: The Novelist.
With both men in the public eye, the case develops into a personal duel, each hell-bent on outsmarting the other. There can only be one winner - whoever has the least to lose.
©2006 Pierre Lemaitre et Editions du Masque (P)2014 WF Howes Ltd
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Critic reviews

"Last year, I was not alone in hailing Pierre Lemaitre’s Alex as one of my top crime books of 2013 . . . Irène, now published in an excellent English translation, is just as gripping, frightening, intelligent and brilliant" ( Marcel Berlins, The Times)
"Quirky, brutal and not for the faint-hearted, it is crime fiction of the highest class . . . Superbly constructed and executed, it puts Lemaitre very close to Ellroy’s class. If you pick it up, you won’t be able to put it down" ( Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail)
"A page-turning race to a grand-slam finish" ( Laura Wilson, Guardian)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Heather on 10-01-15

Brilliant

One of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to in the dark genre! Listen at your peril. Highly recommended if you dare.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Angela on 19-02-16

Heartbreaking

What did you like most about Irène?

This is a gripping tale

What was one of the most memorable moments of Irène?

No, the whole thing was great.

What does Peter Noble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The fluidity of the story with great intonation.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The little man with a big brain and a short temper

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By María on 05-01-17

Extraordinary

Absolutely loved it. Noir as its essence. Kudos to Peter Noble for the performance. I have been hooked from beginning to end. Can't wait to start Alex now.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Donald on 17-11-15

Sadistic, gruesome,and perverse.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Possibly sadists.

Has Irène turned you off from other books in this genre?

No more from this author or reader.

How could the performance have been better?

Overly dramatic and affected characterizations, almost farcical.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Irène?

I would have eviscerated the book.

Any additional comments?

How any normal human being can get enjoyment or satisfaction from reading this type of fiction is just unbelievable to me.

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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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