Search Results: "Pierre Lemaitre"


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BLOOD WEDDING by Pierre Lemaitre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Atmospheric and chilling and packed with Lemaitre's trademark twists and turns."
Lemaitre introduces a cast of characters who would be right at home in the Bates Motel in this thriller about a disturbed woman and the chaos that follows her. Read full book review >

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IRÈNE by Pierre Lemaitre
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"A book that no matter how fast the reader connects the dots still produces a bombshell that's both brilliant and diabolical."
Though this isn't the first of Lemaitre's books to be translated into English—that would be Alex (2013)—this was the first he wrote, and it introduces his unique and unforgettable police investigator, Commandant Camille Verhœven.Read full book review >

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ALEX by Pierre Lemaitre
Kirkus Star
by Pierre Lemaitre, translated by Frank Wynne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"An eloquent thriller with a denouement that raises eyebrows as it speeds the pulse."
In this unpredictable, oddly delectable French thriller, an attractive young Parisian woman is abducted, chained in a crate and brutalized by an avenger—a crime that doesn't begin to hint at the gruesome killings to follow. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT SWINDLE by Pierre Lemaitre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"The battlefield and hospital scenes convey Lemaitre's mastery of imagery, but his characters—Edouard in particular—fail to arouse much empathy in readers."
The battlefields of World War I give birth to two different, but related, schemes to swindle grieving French families out of their money. Read full book review >

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THREE DAYS AND A LIFE by Pierre Lemaitre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"French favorite Lemaitre's novel, about a preteen on whom fortune smiles in the most devious ways after he accidentally kills a little boy, is a feverish, wickedly entertaining work."
A chain of strange and sorrowful events is set in motion in the French town of Beauval when lonely 12-year-old Antoine Courtin angrily whacks his adoring 6-year-old neighbor, Rémi, in the head with a branch—and, to his great shock, kills him. Read full book review >

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APRIL RISING by Corene Lemaitre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"An equal mix of wacky humor and pathos—and an amiable first effort."
A quirky first novel, teetering on the edge of silliness, that nevertheless offers an incisive look at family relationships. Read full book review >

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HUSH, BABY GHOSTLING by Andrea Beaty
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Aug. 4, 2009

"Although the ghostly role-reversal premise is hardly new, this is a just-sweet-enough example of it for little ones. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A mother ghost soothes her baby to sleep as dawn draws near, summoning visions of ghouls and goblins to help him in his slumber, reassuring him that the "boy / with ten pink toes, blue eyes, / and golden hair" he thinks he sees is "only make-believe." Read full book review >

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DOCTOR TED by Andrea Beaty
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2008

"Kids will be anxious to see what kind of fireman Ted becomes. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Ted is one prepared bear. Read full book review >

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EPISODES by Pierre Delattre
Released: July 19, 1993

"Pleasurable but familiar fare that might move younger readers more than older."
Autobiography of a dharma bum, told in one-page vignettes and essays, each focusing on an epiphany of some sort. Read full book review >

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THE MESSENGERS OF DEATH by Pierre Magnan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 7, 2008

"A pleasantly old-fashioned mystery thriller with quirky charm aplenty. Magnan (Death in the Truffle Wood, 2007, etc.) fashions an intricate landscape of life in a French village while weaving menace and suspense into his tapestry."
Secrets and lies lead to shockingly violent murder in a small French town. Read full book review >

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LUDMILA’S BROKEN ENGLISH by DBC Pierre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2006

"Some of the material might have generated laughs as a five-minute Saturday Night Life 'wild and crazy guys' sketch, but it quickly wears thin as a novel."
Stylistic bravura can't sustain interest in this overextended narrative with an underdeveloped plot. Read full book review >