Fred Vargas - Author

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Fred Vargas was born in Paris in 1957. As well as being a best-selling author in France, she is by training an historian and archaeologist.

 

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The Accordionist

The Accordionist

Author: Fred Vargas Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/08/2018

SHORTLISTED FOR THE CWA INTERNATIONAL DAGGER 2018 When two Parisian women are murdered in their homes, the police suspect young accordionist Clement Vauquer. As he was seen outside both of the apartments in question, it seems like an open-and-shut case. Desperate for a chance to prove his innocence, Clement disappears. He seeks refuge with old Marthe, the only mother figure he has ever known, who calls in ex-special investigator Louis Kehlweiler. Louis is soon faced with his most complex case yet and he calls on some unconventional friends to help him. He must show that Clement is not responsible and solve a fiendish riddle to find the killer...

The Accordionist

The Accordionist

Author: Fred Vargas Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/08/2017

When two Parisian women are shockingly murdered in their homes, the police suspect young accordionist Clement Vauquer, who was seen outside both of the apartments in question. It seems on the surface like an open-and-shut case. But now Clement has disappeared from public view. His likeness has appeared in the papers and detectives from Paris to Nevers are on his tail. To have a chance of proving his innocence, he seeks refuge with old Marthe, a former prostitute and the only mother figure he has known. Marthe calls ex-special investigator Louis Kehlweiler to help Clement. But what Louis uncovers is anything but straightforward, and he must call on some unconventional friends to help him solve his most complex case yet. Not only must Louis try to prove Clement's innocence, he must solve a fiendish riddle to lead him to the killer... A THREE EVANGELISTS NOVEL

The Accordionist

The Accordionist

Author: Fred Vargas Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/08/2017

When two Parisian women are shockingly murdered in their homes, the police suspect young accordionist Clement Vauquer, who was seen outside both of the apartments in question. It seems on the surface like an open-and-shut case. But now Clement has disappeared from public view. His likeness has appeared in the papers and detectives from Paris to Nevers are on his tail. To have a chance of proving his innocence, he seeks refuge with old Marthe, a former prostitute and the only mother figure he has known. Marthe calls ex-special investigator Louis Kehlweiler to help Clement. But what Louis uncovers is anything but straightforward, and he must call on some unconventional friends to help him solve his most complex case yet. Not only must Louis try to prove Clement's innocence, he must solve a fiendish riddle to lead him to the killer... A THREE EVANGELISTS NOVEL

A Climate of Fear

A Climate of Fear

Author: Fred Vargas Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/06/2017

THE NEW INSPECTOR ADAMSBERG NOVEL Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger 2017 A woman is found dead in her bath. The murder has been disguised as a suicide and a strange symbol is discovered at the scene. Then the symbol is observed near a second victim, who ten years earlier had also taken part in a doomed expedition to Iceland. How are these deaths, and rumours of an Icelandic demon, linked to a secretive local society? And what does the mysterious sign mean? Commissaire Adamsberg is about to find out.

Dog Will Have His Day

Dog Will Have His Day

Author: Fred Vargas Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/04/2015

Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger HOW DO YOU SOLVE A MURDER WITHOUT A BODY? Keeping watch under the windows of the Paris flat belonging to a politician's nephew, ex-special investigator Louis Kehlweiler catches sight of something odd on the pavement. A tiny piece of bone. Human bone, in fact. When Kehlweiler takes his find to the nearest police station, he faces ridicule. Obsessed by the fragment, he follows the trail to the tiny Breton fishing village of Port-Nicolas - in search of a dog. But when he recruits `evangelists' Marc and Mathias to help, they find themselves facing even bigger game. A THREE EVANGELISTS NOVEL

The Ghost Riders of Ordebec A Commissaire Adamsberg novel

The Ghost Riders of Ordebec A Commissaire Adamsberg novel

Author: Fred Vargas Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/2014

`People will die,' says the panic-stricken woman outside police headquarters. She refuses to speak to anyone besides Commissaire Adamsberg. Her daughter has seen a vision: ghostly horsemen who target the most nefarious characters in Normandy. Since the middle ages there have been stories of murderers, rapists, those with serious crimes on their conscience, meeting a grisly end following a visitation by the riders. Soon after the young woman's vision a notoriously vicious and cruel man disappears. Although the case is far outside his jurisdiction, Adamsberg agrees to investigate the strange happenings in a village terrorised by wild rumours and ancient feuds.

Ghost Riders of Ordebec

Ghost Riders of Ordebec

Author: Fred Vargas Format: eBook Release Date: 25/06/2013

A # 1 French and Italian bestseller from the three-time winner of the CWA's International Dagger Award More than ten million copies of Fred Vargas's Commissaire Adamsberg mysteries have been sold worldwide. Now, American readers are getting hooked on the internationally bestselling author's unsettling blend of crime and the supernatural. As the chief of police in Paris's seventh arrondissement, Commissaire Adamsberg has no jurisdiction in Ordebec. Yet, he cannot ignore a widow's plea. Her daughter Lina has seen a vision of the Ghost Riders with four nefarious men. According to the thousand-year-old legend, the vision means that the men will soon die a grisly death. When one of them disappears, Adamsberg races to Ordebec, where he becomes entranced by the gorgeous Linaand embroiled in the small Normandy town's ancient feud.

An Uncertain Place

An Uncertain Place

Author: Fred Vargas Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/04/2012

Three-times winner of the CWA International Dagger for Crime Fiction Commissaire Adamsberg has left Paris for a police conference in London, accompanied by anglophile Commandant Danglard and Estalere, a young sergeant. The city offers a welcome change of scenery until a gruesome discovery is made - just outside the gates of Highgate Cemetery a pile of shoes, all containing severed feet, is found. Returning to Paris, the three men are then confronted with the violent killing and dismemberment of a wealthy, elderly man. Both the dead man's son and gardener have motives for murder, but soon another candidate for the killing emerges. As Adamsberg investigates the links between these two unsettling crimes, he puts himself at terrible risk.

Le Norvegien

Le Norvegien

Author: Fred Vargas Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 20/12/2010

The Chalk Circle Man

The Chalk Circle Man

Author: Fred Vargas Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/02/2010

Winner of The Crime Writers' Association Duncan Lawrie International Dagger Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg is not like other policemen. His methods appear unorthodox in the extreme: he doesn't search for clues; he ignores obvious suspects and arrests people with cast-iron alibis; he appears permanently distracted. In spite of all this his colleagues are forced to admit that he is a born cop. When strange blue chalk circles start appearing overnight on the pavements of Paris, only Adamsberg takes them - and the increasingly bizarre objects found within them - seriously. And when the body of a woman with her throat savagely cut is found in one, only Adamsberg realises that other murders will soon follow... `The hottest property in contemporary crime fiction' Guardian

This Night's Foul Work

This Night's Foul Work

Author: Fred Vargas Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/02/2009

On the outskirts of Paris, two men have been found with their throats cut. In Normandy, two stags have been killed and their hearts cut out. Meanwhile a seventy-five-year-old nurse who has murdered several of her patients has escaped from prison. Is there a connection between the three cases? In this mystery, Commissaire Adamsberg is pitted against nemeses past and present: Ariane Lagarde, France's foremost pathologist and Adamsberg's enemy since they argued over a case twenty-three years earlier, and Louis Veyrenc, a new recruit with a grudge, who has been assigned the job of protecting the Commissaire's ex-girlfriend. As the different strands of Vargas's compelling story begin to intertwine, events move towards a gripping climax... Shortlisted for the Duncan Lawrie International Dagger.

Le nouveau taxi! Livre de l'eleve 1 & DVD-ROM

Le nouveau taxi! Livre de l'eleve 1 & DVD-ROM

Author: Fred Vargas Format: DVD-ROM Release Date: 22/10/2008

Wash This Blood Clean From My Hand

Wash This Blood Clean From My Hand

Author: Fred Vargas Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/01/2008

Between 1943 and 2003 nine people have been stabbed to death with a most unusual weapon: a trident. In each case, arrests were made, suspects confessed their crimes and were sentenced to life in prison. One slightly worrying detail: each presumed murderer lost consciousness during the night of the crime and has no recollection of it. Commissaire Adamsberg is convinced all the murders are the work of one person, the terrifying Judge Fulgence. Years before, Adamsberg's own brother had been the principal suspect in a similar case and avoided prison only thanks to Adamsberg's help. History repeats itself when Adamsberg, who is temporarily based in Quebec for a training mission, is accused of having savagely murdered a young woman he had met. In order to prove his innocence, Adamsberg must go on the run from the Canadian police and find Judge Fulgence. Winner of the 2007 Duncan Lawrie International Dagger for The Three Evangelists.

Seeking Whom He May Devour

Seeking Whom He May Devour

Author: Fred Vargas Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/01/2008

In this frightening and surprising novel, the eccentric, wayward genius of Commissaire Adamsberg is pitted against the deep-rooted mysteries of one Alpine village's history and a very present problem: wolves. Disturbing things have been happening up in the French mountains; more and more sheep are being found with their throats torn out. The evidence points to a wolf of unnatural size and strength. However Suzanne Rosselin thinks it is the work of a werewolf. Then Suzanne is found slaughtered in the same manner. Her friend Camille attempts, with Suzanne's son Soliman and her shepherd, Watchee, to find out who, or what, is responsible and they call on Commissaire Adamsberg for help. 'Ingenious. Slick, creepy and full of engaging odd characters, this thriller is a class act' Independent

The Three Evangelists

The Three Evangelists

Author: Fred Vargas Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/01/2007

The opera singer Sophia Simeonidis wakes up one morning to discover that a tree has appeared overnight in the garden of her Paris house. Intrigued and unnerved, she turns to her neighbours: Vandoosler, an ex-cop, and three impecunious historians, Mathias, Marc and Lucien - the three evangelists. They agree to dig around the tree and see if something has been buried there. They find nothing but soil. A few weeks later, Sophia disappears and her body is found burned to ashes in a car. Who killed the opera singer? Her husband, her ex-lover, her best friend, her niece? They all seem to have a motive. Vandoosler and the three evangelists set out to find the truth.

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