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Camille Verhoeven, whose diminutive stature belies his fierce intensity, has reached an unusually content (for him) place in life. he is respected by his colleagues and he and his lovely wife, Irene, are expecting their first child. But when a new murder case hits his desk--a double torture-homicide that's so extreme that even the most seasoned officers are horrified-Verhoeven is overcome with a sense of foreboding. As links emerge between the bloody set-piece and at least one past unsolved murder, it becomes clear that a calculating serial killer is at work. The press has a field day, taking particular pleasure in putting Verhoeven under the media spotlight (and revealing uncomfortable details of his personal life). Then Verhoeven makes a breakthrough discovery: the murders are modeled after the exploits of serial killers from classic works of crime fiction. The double murder was an exquisitely detailed replication of a scene from Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho, and one of the linked cold cases was a faithful homage to James Ellroy's.
Publisher: New York :, MacLehose Press,, 2014
ISBN: 9781623658007
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY LEM
Characteristics: 452 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Wynne, Frank
Alternative Title: Travail soigné. English


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Jun 24, 2016

If I knew that this book is full of horrible, hideous descriptions of crime scenes similar to the film "Seven", I would not read it. But in terms of crime fiction - the book is written well enough.

Oct 02, 2015

Whoa--This book is out there--I don't know what it is about these Euro/Scandinavian writers... I read alot of crime novels...You could see where the story was going, but the end... I like the depiction of violence as much as the next guy, but...
I hope I don't have bad dreams tonite...Putting "Alex" on my list right now... Pleasant dreams...

VaughanPLRuthanne Mar 04, 2015

Whoa. This roller coaster of a murder mystery is dark. Dark dark dark dark dark. But excellent! If you are squeamish or find gruesome description distasteful, do NOT read this book. But, if you can fight your way past the horror, you will find a diabolical and twisting narrative that, even if you THINK you have figured everything out, will keep on surprising you.

Jan 24, 2015

This author is both excellent and not for the faint-of-heart. His villains tend to make Hannibal Lecture feel like Huckleberry Finn. Highly recommended.

Jul 24, 2014

I've read an AWFUL lot of crime thrillers in my time + this is amongst the very best! Read it as soon as you can!!!

May 22, 2014

Devastating.Don't read it without a very strong stomach.The translator has done a good job. From an English speaking point of view it is a little disconcerting that Commandant Verhoeven's given name is Camille which has feminine connotations although in France it can be either.It's clever. Most unenjoyable.

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