In his acclaimed, award-winning novels Alex and Irène, Pierre Lemaitre created an unforgettable character in Police Commandant Camille Verhoeven. Now, in Camille, the final volume in Lemaitre's internationally bestselling trilogy of "meta-meta detective" novels (The New York Times), Verhoeven faces his most harrowing case yet, and the ultimate reckoning for the diminutive yet tenacious protagonist.
Anne Forestier finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time when she is trapped in the middle of a bank robbery. Shot three times, she is lucky to survive-and morbidly unlucky to remember the face of her assailant.
Followed home from her hospital bed, Anne is in grave danger. But one thing stands in her favor-a dangerously vengeful partner, carrying the scars of devastating loss, who will break all the rules to protect the woman he loves: Commandant Camille Verhoeven.
Following the horror of Irène and the thrills of Alex, Camille is the heart-stopping final chapter. Drawn once again into a labyrinthine web with answers ever out of reach, Camille must draw on all his talent to face an enemy who threatens everything he holds dear.
About the Author
Pierre Lemaitre has worked for many years as a teacher of literature. His novels to date have earned him exceptional critical and public acclaim as a master of the crime novel and have won him the Prix du Premier Roman de Cognac 2006, the Prix du Meilleur Polar Francophone 2009, and the Prix du Polar European du Point 2010. Alex is his first novel to be translated into English, and won the prestigious 2013 Crime Writers Association International Dagger Award. In 2013 Lemaitre was the recipient of the prestigious Prix Goncourt, the highest literary honor in France, for Au Revoir La-Haut.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I’ve read all three novels in this trilogy (this novel is the third – Irene is the first and Alex the second), and I like this one (Camille) best, probably because I really enjoy the police detective Commandant Camille Verhoeven, and I hope Lemaitre can devise new adventures for him. If you have read none of these novels, I strongly advise reading Irene first, since the second two novels in the trilogy refer back to events in the first, and knowing what is going to happen in Irene because you have read Alex ruins the end of Irene, which is very well done but not suspenseful if you know what is going to happen. That said, all three novels are very fast reading and kept me glued to the pages. The only problem for me is the gruesomeness of some of the crimes and situations and the vileness of some of the criminals, but the deep feelings and trials of Commandant Verhoeven make up for that in my opinion. I highly recommend all three novels.
Camille is the final book in the Inspector Camille Verhoeven trilogy, and should definitely be read after Irene (#1) and Alex (#2). Wow, this was an exciting finale!! Camille has finally found love again with Anne, years after his wife and unborn child were murdered. During a robbery, Anne is viciously beaten and the assailants make multiple attempts to shoot her. They clearly have some motive to eliminate her, and her life is in danger whether she's at the hospital or anywhere. Camille knows that if his police coworkers and superiors find out that he is involved with Anne, he will not be allowed to work the case. He must risk his career to keep her safe. This book starts with a bang and is riveting all the way through. The initial scenes of Anne's assault, alternating with scenes of Camille watching the beatings on footage from security cameras after the fact, is gripping! The book never slows down and is incredibly exciting, including some major plot twists. I'm usually pretty good at figuring out who the “bad guy” is, and what the climax will be, and Pierre LeMaitre's books surprise me every time. Don't start this before you go to bed, you'll be up all night reading to find out what's going to happen!