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Pierre Lemaitre, ‘Camille’ (2015)

The three books in Pierre Lemaitre’s trilogy featuring police detective Commandant Camille Verhoeven share not only a protagonist but also an underlying warning: nothing is ever as it first appears. In Irene we meet a murderer who takes his inspiration from crime fiction, whilst in Alex a woman in peril transforms into a very different kind of character. … Continue reading

Rod Reynolds, ‘The Dark Inside’ (2015)

You don’t often meet a protagonist as unlikeable as the one in Rod Reynolds’ smart, 1946-set debut The Dark Inside. Charlie Yates is a New York journalist with a temper, one serious enough to result in his editor exiling him to the Texas-Arkansas border to cover a murder case. Anger is one of Yates’ defining characteristics; … Continue reading