How many daggers can Pierre Lemaitre fit in his belt? It’s a reasonable question for an author who has already won the CWA International Dagger for both Alex and Camille. Now, his Prix Goncourt-winning The Great Swindle has also been longlisted for the prize, along with (among others) Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama from our brilliant new sister imprint, riverrun.
Whereas Alex and Camille are the second and third titles in Lemaitre’s Verhœven trilogy, The Great Swindle marks the start of an entirely new departure for this master of French noir and gut-wrenching suspense. Set in the immediate aftermath of the First World War, it follows the destinies of three very different soldiers, whose lives have been thrown together by a single catastrophic event in the trenches of the Western Front. In an atmosphere heavy with grief for those who perished in the fighting, and resentment for those who had the temerity to survive, crooks, frauds and clowns compete for the spoils of war. Pierre Lemaitre’s bleakly ironic tone is wonderfully captured in Frank Wynne’s magnificent translation. The Great Swindle is brilliant post-war epic, richly detailed, moving, powerful, and burning with restrained rage.
Huge congratulations to Pierre and Frank, and to all our fellow longlistees:
- The Truth and Other Lies by Sascha Arango, trans. Imogen Taylor (Simon & Schuster)
- Icarus by Deon Meyer, trans. K L Seegers (Hodder & Stoughton)
- The Sword of Justice by Leif G.W. Persson, trans. Neil Smith (Doubleday)
- The Murderer in Ruins by Cay Rademacher, trans. Peter Millar (Arcadia)
- The Father by Anton Svensson, trans. Elizabeth Clark Wessel (Sphere)
- The Voices Beyond by Johan Theorin, trans. Marlaine Delargy (Transworld)
- Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama, trans. Jonathan Lloyd-Davis (Quercus)