Pierre Lemaitre was born in Paris in 1951. He worked for many years as a teacher of literature before becoming a novelist. He was awarded the Crime Writers' Association International Dagger, alongside Fred Vargas, for Alex, and as sole winner for Camille. In 2013 his novel Au revoir la-haut (The Great Swindle, in English translation) won the Prix Goncourt, France's leading literary award.
Lemaitre is worthy of all the fuss. -- Barry Forshaw Independent. Crime fiction of the highest class. -- Geoffrey Wansell Daily Mail. Superior crime fiction, worthy of the international attention it has received. -- Patrick Anderson Washington Post. A satisfying finis to the trilogy. -- Barry Forshaw Independent. This original and poignant story is the final instalment in a trilogy that has been a dazzling success. -- Jessica Mann Literary Review. Delivering more than its fair share of twists and turns, Camille is also a beautifully naunced portrait of a most unlikely hero, and one who's absence - if this truly is the last we'll see of Commandant Verhoven - will be keenly felt. -- Declan Burke Irish Times. A really excellent suspense novelist. -- Stephen King.