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Publisher's 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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By María on 01-05-17


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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By Donald on 11-17-15

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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By Heather on 01-10-15


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

By Karen on 07-24-15

French mystery

What did you like most about Irène?

The French accent of the narrator reading the story,really added to the listening experience, and gave it a French atmosphere, and you could imagine you were there

What did you like best about this story?

The clever twists and turns, and the way the killer was goading Camille.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When Camille and his team worked out where Irene was being held,and they arrived on the scene and found her.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I found it hard to turn it off.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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