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An Uncertain Place by Fred Vargas
  

An Uncertain Place

Part of the Commissaire Adamsberg Series
Crime / Mystery   Thriller / Suspense   

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Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger 2011.

When a pile of shoes containing severed feet are found outside Highgate cemetery just as Commissaire Adamsberg leaves Paris for a conference in London he's in the firing line alongside his colleagues from New Scotland Yard like never before. This macabre and brutal case together with one equally disturbing one back in Paris that greets Adamsberg on his return leads him on a global hunt that is completely addictive.

CWA Judges’ comments: ‘As usual in Vargas’s weird and wonderful world, disparate crimes in hundred-year-old London, contemporary Paris and the Serbia of legend. In the eccentric and intuitive Adamsberg’s seventh outing, maverick cop and his maverick team plunge into adventures which follow from unusual events.’

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

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Synopsis

An Uncertain Place by Fred Vargas

Just outside the gates of the baroque Highgate Cemetery a pile of shoes is found. Not so strange in itself, but the shoes contain severed feet. As Scotland Yard's investigation begins, Adamsberg and his colleagues return home and are confronted with a massacre in a suburban home. Adamsberg and Danglard are drawn in to a trail of vampires and vampire-hunters that leads them all the way to Serbia, a place where the old certainties no longer apply. In Fred Vargas' riveting new novel, Commissaire Adamsberg finds himself in the line of fire as never before.


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Reviews

One of today's few truly original writers of crime fiction: disturbing, unruly, droll and poetic. -- Marcel Berlins The Times Wonderfully intricate and Gothic Independent This is the seventh outing for Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg, Fred Vargas's thoughtful, laid-back police chief, and the series shows no signs of flagging; An Uncertain Place is full of wit and invention, with a plot that satisfies both intellect and emotion. -- Annabella Bankhouse Times Literary Supplement With its idiosyncratic detective and taut plot, this is crime fiction writing at its most intriguing. Marie Claire As ever, Vargas's characters inhabit a world where reason and myth collide, and the result is a thrilling read. -- Joan Smith Sunday Times


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 April 2011

Author

Fred Vargas

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Publisher

Harvill Secker an imprint of Vintage

Format

Paperback
416 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense

Crime & mystery

ISBN

9781846554452

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