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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.

If you like Fred Vargas you might also like to read books by Karin Fossum, Peter Temple and Val McDermid.

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Synopsis

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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One of the most fetchingly weird detectives...Adamsberg is a bit like Morse, but much more French. An unusual, eccentric thriller * Daily Telegraph * Fred Vargas has everything: complex and surprising plots, good pace, various and eccentric characters, a sense of place and history, individualized dialogue, wit and style * Times Literary Supplement * Moody, tense and grotesque, Vargas's prize-winning novel is a fascinating exploration of Paris's dark side * Guardian * No procedural, this, as we follow the twists and turns of Adamsberg's intuition - but it is thoroughly high-class entertainment, notably as Vargas is not afraid to test herself with the narrative * Time Out * On the basis of this elegantly twisted crime novel, Vargas is clearly an author who will rank alongside Henning Mankell. The detective, Commissaire Adamsberg, is the antithesis of Sherlock Homes: intuitive, preternaturally alert to hunches, and shabbier than Colombo. The plot kinks and switches in an utterly compelling manner. Creepy, sophisticated and wonderfully off-beat * Scotland on Sunday *


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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Book Info

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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ISBN

9780099453642

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