Irene by Pierre Lemaitre audiobook

Irene: The Commandant Camille Verhoeven Trilogy

By Pierre Lemaitre
Translated by Frank Wynne
Read by Peter Noble

MacLehose Press 9781623658007

The Commandant Camille Verhoeven Series: Book 2

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For Commandant VerhÅ?ven life is beautiful: he is happily married, expecting his first child with the lovely Irÿne. 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... (P) 2014 WF Howes Ltd

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Summary

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For Commandant VerhÅ?ven life is beautiful: he is happily married, expecting his first child with the lovely Irÿne.

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...

(P) 2014 WF Howes Ltd

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

In the imaginative, unsettling "Irène", readers will discover that French author Pierre Lemaitre has constructed a fine (if sometimes obscenely grisly) example of that genre--and then, in its last forty pages, they will begin to realize that they have followed the author deep down a disorienting rabbit hole . . . Lemaitre toys with the genre's tropes--the disparate police team, the suspicious-seeming civilian experts, the red herring as huge as Moby Dick--to his own unpredictable purposes. He succeeds in having his conceptual gateau and eating it, too. The bibliophilic villain doesn't hesitate to call his book--this book--"a triumph . . . a harrowing, true-to-life tale, a metafiction that recounts the murderous machinations of its own creation." But let the reader beware: Irène, with its dizzying final twist, may give you vertigo. Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal
Lemaitre's measured, intelligent approach to a police investigation rings of authenticity . . . But the real genius of this novel are the twists Lemaitre incorporates into the storyline, lifting it above the genre and into a different category entirely. A book that no matter how fast the reader connects the dots still produces a bombshell that's both brilliant and diabolical. Booklist (Starred Review)
Gripping. Bookish
Irène gets off to a fast start and races pell-mell to a jaw-dropping conclusion . . . Mr. Lemaitre fires away in a prose style that's like a flurry of short jabs to the solar plexus. His translator, Frank Wynne, skillfully renders the tough-guy slang, the police jargon, and the irrepressible zip of a narrative that unfolds, despite the copious gore, precisely and methodically. It's a metronome set at allegro furioso . . . Lemaitre pulls some unexpected strings, upending expectations with a flourish that readers will find either pure genius or too clever by half--or one and a half. Either way, by novel's end, Verhoeven needs a new title: meta-meta detective. William Grimes, The New York Times
Irène is superior crime fiction, worthy of the international attention it has received . . . Once I accepted the novel's portrayals of violence, I found little to fault in Irène . . . The novel's closing chapters are as suspenseful and ultimately as shocking as the climax of any thriller I can recall; the final pages will leave readers numb. In Irène, violence ups the ante, and tough-minded writing carries the day. Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post
Last year I raved about Lemaitre's first published crime novel, Alex, but this second--which was, in fact, the first he wrote, as it introduces his detective, Commandant Verhoeven--is even better. 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. Geoffery Wansell, Daily Mail
Irène is compulsive reading . . . The narrative is fast-paced and the suspense unbearably taut. Thuy On, The Sydney Morning Herald
Verhoeven is a one-of-a-kind detective . . . Not for the faint of heart, this gritty thriller will appeal to fans of Chelsea Cain, for the grisly details, and Fred Vargas, for the French setting and iconoclastic sleuth. Kirkus Reviews
French literary sensation Lemaitre earned comparisons to Stieg Larsson (and a 2013 CWA International Dagger Award) with Alex, a gruesome and twisty mashup of police procedural, thriller, and psychological horror. Its newly translated pre­decessor might be even better . . . [Irene is] hardly predictable, as [Lemaitre] pushes the pulse-quickening plot toward an ingenious-and shocking-finale. Library Journal
“Mr. Lemaitre fires away in a prose style that’s like a flurry of short jabs to the solar plexus. His translator, Frank Wynne, skillfully renders the tough-guy slang, the police jargon, and the irrepressible zip of a narrative that unfolds, despite the copious gore, precisely and methodically. It’s a metronome set at allegro furioso.” The New York Times
Pierre Lemaitre's Alex earned rave reviews last year, not least for the way Lemaitre reworked the tropes of the conventional serial-killer novel to create a clever police procedural that worked as a superb thriller even as it confounded readers' expectations of the genre. The follow-up, Irène, is equally clever, as the diminutive Parisian detective Camille Verhoeven is initially confronted with a murder scene so horrific that it puts him in mind of Goya's Saturn Devouring his Son. Irish Times
Irène is superior crime fiction, worthy of the international attention it has received…The novel’s closing chapters are as suspenseful and ultimately as shocking as the climax of any thriller I can recall; the final pages will leave readers numb. In Irène, violence ups the ante, and tough-minded writing carries the day.” Washington Post
Irène is compulsive reading…The narrative is fast-paced and the suspense unbearably taut.” Sydney Morning Herald
“Lemaitre’s measured, intelligent approach to a police investigation rings of authenticity…But the real genius of this novel are the twists Lemaitre incorporates into the storyline, lifting it above the genre and into a different category entirely. A book that no matter how fast the reader connects the dots still produces a bombshell that’s both brilliant and diabolical.” Booklist (starred review)
“A murder of unfathomable brutality, followed by another, puts Camille’s career on the line. The murderer, nicknamed the Novelist by the press, appears to be reenacting scenes from crime novels…Lemaitre slowly reveals the cracks in Camille’s police team while dismantling the detective’s life at home. The plot is unfailingly intriguing.” Publishers Weekly
“French literary sensation Lemaitre earned comparisons to Stieg Larsson…with Alex, a gruesome and twisty mash-up of police procedural, thriller, and psychological horror. Its newly translated pre­decessor might be even better…[Irène is] hardly predictable, as [Lemaitre] pushes the pulse-quickening plot toward an ingenious and shocking finale.” Library Journal
“Verhoeven is a one-of-a-kind detective…Not for the faint of heart, this gritty thriller will appeal to fans of Chelsea Cain, for the grisly details, and Fred Vargas, for the French setting and iconoclastic sleuth.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Pierre Lemaitre

Author Bio: Pierre Lemaitre

Pierre Lemaitre has worked for many years as a literature teacher. His novels have earned him exceptional critical and public acclaim as a master of crime fiction and have won him the Prix du Premier Roman de Cognac 2006, the Prix du Meilleur Polar Francophone 2009, and the Prix du Polar Européen du Point 2010. Alex is his first novel to be translated into English and won the prestigious 2013 Crime Writers’ Association International Dagger Award. 

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 12.47
Audience: Adult
Language: English