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Publisher Description

"Wry humor and offbeat plots blend with a subtly dangerous charm to make Fred Vargas the queen of French crime writers."—Martin Walker, author of the Bruno, Chief of Police Series

“A wildly imaginative series.”—The New York Times

From the #1 bestselling French author and four-time winner of the Crime Writers' Association's International Dagger Award.

When Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg, the chief of police in Paris's seventh arrondissement, is called to the scene of a ghastly and highly unusual murder, he thinks it can't have anything to do with the nine pairs of shoes and severed feet discovered outside of London's Highgate Cemetery just a few days earlier. With the help of the murdered man's gifted physician, Adamsberg delves into the victim's disturbed psyche and unexpectedly finds himself on a path that takes him deep into the haunted past of Eastern Europe, where a centuries-old horror has come to life and is claiming victims far and wide.

GENRE
Mysteries & Thrillers
RELEASED
2011
October 25
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
416
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
852
KB

Customer Reviews

Dr Bbobalula ,

An Uncertain Place

A satisfying read. A good mystery with generous helpings of philosophy, ennui, sex and a tasty dollop of the Gothic vampire horror genre. If you're not already a Vargas fan, this will probably do it.

JudiJano ,

A bit slow

I'm a big Fred Vargas fan but this latest book almost put me to sleep reading it. But it gets 3 stars for its main character, the lovable, insightful Commissaire Adamsburg.

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