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 may be the best current French writer of crime fiction * Financial Times * Lemaitre is surely France's most elegant and imaginative crime writer -- Marcel Berlins * The Times * Thought-provoking and unsettling, Three Days And A Life is another work of genius from a master storyteller at the top of his game -- Jon Coates * Express * Pierre Lemaitre continues his upward movement with Three Days and a Life ... typically astringent and accomplished fare -- Barry Forshaw * Guardian * No one is writing quirkier thrillers than Lemaitre, who gets inside the head of his unhinged protagonist with wicked delight while capturing the madness of the modern world ... A feverish, wickedly entertaining work * Kirkus Review *