The Chalk Circle Man

by Fred Vargas

Part of the Commissaire Adamsberg Series

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Winner of the CWA International Dagger 2009.


This is the book that first introduces us to Jean Baptiste Adamsberg, a detective who works very much on his intuition. When objects start appearing inside chalk circles all over the streets of Paris he suspects there is something much more sinister going on than some kind of street art and when a dead body turns up in the next chalk circle it seems his suspicions were right. A great cast of quirky characters and a cleverly thought out plot make for a gripping read.


The Chalk Circle Man Synopsis

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

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780099488972
Publication date: 4th February 2010
Author: Fred Vargas
Publisher: Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Primary Genre Thriller and Suspense
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Fred Vargas Press Reviews

'A good introduction to this quirky French writer… It is a testimony to both Vargas’s skill as a writer and Reynolds’s excellent translation that one is swept along by the sheer nouvelle vague-ish inventiveness of the whole thing' Laura Wilson, Guardian


'rich and witty book' Jane Jakeman,  Independent
'She wants to surprise, unsettle, frustrate and amuse – and succeeds in writing a gripping novel that takes readers out of their comfort zones' Marion Sauvebois  The Scotsman
'The novel shows Vargas in riveting form right from the start of her writing career' Marcel Berlins,  The Times

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ISBN: 9780099488972
Publication date: 04/02/2010
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About Fred Vargas

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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