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Have Mercy on us All by Fred Vargas
  

Have Mercy on us All

Part of the Commissaire Adamsberg Series
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The first in an intriguing and prize-winning series of Parisian chillers featuring a French Morse-like detective named Adamsberg.

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Have Mercy on us All by Fred Vargas

Winner of the Grand Prix Litt-raire des Lectrices, 2002.

Each day, in honour of a Parisian tradition, a town crier calls out the local news to all who will listen. Over the course of a few days a number of disturbing messages are slipped in to his box, messages of portentous and malicious intent referring to the Black Death. Strange marks have also appeared on the doors of several buildings: symbols once used to ward off the plague. Detective Commissaire Adamsberg begins to sense a connection, even a grotesque menace. Then charred and flea-bitten corpses are found. The press seizes on their plague-like symptoms, and the panic sets in…


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Three times a day in a Parisian square, a curious modern-day crier announces the news items that are left in his box. Over the course of a few days he receives a number of disturbing and portentous messages of malicious intent, all of them referring to the Black Death. Strange marks have also appeared on the doors of several buildings: symbols once used to ward off the plague. Detective Commissaire Adamsberg begins to sense a connection, even a grotesque menace. Then charged and flea-bitten corpses are found. The press seizes on their plague-like symptoms, and the panic sets in.


About the Author

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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Publication date

7th October 2004

Author

Fred Vargas

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Publisher

Vintage

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
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Crime & mystery

ISBN

9780099453642

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