@2@@20@THE NOVELIST KILLS BY THE BOOK @21@@3@@2@For Commandant Camille Verhoeven life is beautiful. He is happily married and soon to become a father.@16@ @20@@21@@16@@20@HE'S ALWAYS ONE CHAPTER AHEAD@21@@3@@2@But his blissful existence is punctured by a murder of unprecedented savagery. When his team discovers that the killer has form - and each murder is a homage to a classic crime novel - the Parisian press are quick to coin a nickname . . . The Novelist.@16@ @20@@21@@16@@20@HE HATES HAPPY ENDINGS @21@@3@@2@With the public eye fixed on both hunter and hunted, the case develops into a personal duel, each hell-bent on outsmarting the other. There can only be one winner. The one who has the least to lose.@3@
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 là-haut (The Great Swindle, in English translation) won the Prix Goncourt, France's leading literary award.