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Three Days and a Life (Hardcover)
In 1999, in the small provincial town of Beauval, France, twelve-year-old Antoine Courtin accidentally kills a young neighbor girl in the woods near his home. Panicked, he conceals the body and to his relief--and ongoing shame--he is never suspected of any connection to her disappearance.
More than a decade later, Antoine is living in Paris, now a young doctor with a promising future. On a rare trip home, he sleeps with a beautiful young woman, who then shows up pregnant at his doorstep in Paris a few months later. She insists that they marry, but he refuses--until her father threatens a paternity test. Unconvinced the child is his but fearing his DNA will connect him to the newly discovered body of his childhood victim, he agrees to the marriage and moves back to Beauval.
Back home, Antoine soon discovers that there was in fact a witness to the murder all those years ago--someone who could bring the fragile security of Antoine's life down around his ears, despite his efforts to outrun his youthful crime.
But why is the truth coming out only now? And more importantly, what is Antoine prepared to do to keep his secrets buried in the past?
About the Author
Pierre Lemaitre has won several literary awards, including the prestigious Prix Goncourt, for his novel Au revoir la-haut, published in English asThe Great Swindle. He also won the Crime Writers' Association International Dagger twice, for Alex and Camille, two books in his breakthrough crime trilogy featuring Commandant Camille Verhoeven."