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Dog Will Have His Day by Fred Vargas
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Dog Will Have His Day (1996)

by Fred Vargas

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I've never been a big fan of detective stories. They are either too neat or too contrived. I got this one in a free draw and enjoyed a quick romp through it. But it wouldn't persuade me to take up the genre.

This one reads like a draft for a TV series. Characterful ex-cop on a mission with quirky sidekicks. Female interest and a bit of politics on the side. All coming together and all loose ends tied up in the last few pages.

The translation is generally good except for one or two stilted idioms that jar.

Oh - and its very French in that it all starts with a piece of human bone found in a pile of dog shit on a Paris street. One of the less pleasing aspects of French public life is the proliferation of dog shit on the pavements and the refusal of owners to clear it up. So in that sense the book is true to French culture. ( )
  Steve38 | Jul 4, 2014 |
Two of the three Apostles feature in this book, which is a strange tale even by Vargas's standards. Louis Kehlweiler is an ex-investigator who just can't stop investigating. He finds a human toe bone embedded in some dog excrement, realises that this is evidence of a murder so he, two of the Evangelists and Kehlweiler's own oddly assorted band of investigators start on a mission to discover where the dog which deposited the evidence came from, in the hope of tracing the victim. Possibly because of its strangeness, which feels very French to this English reader, I really enjoyed this book. ( )
  riverwillow | Jun 12, 2014 |
This is not an Adamsberg book and I didn't enjoy it quite as much as those. It's quite short but it is full of the usual Vargas quirky characters and communities. Two of the three evangelist characters turn up - Marc and Matthias but the story mainly centres on Louis Kehlweiler, who seems to be an ex member of the French equivalent of the FBI. Finding a human bone in a piece of dog poo leads him on a quest to find a murderer far from his base in Paris. Entertaining. ( )
  infjsarah | May 18, 2014 |
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Keeping watch under the windows of the Paris flat belonging to a politician's nephew, ex-cop Louis Kehlweiler catches sight of something odd on the pavement. A small white object, surrounded by the excrement of local dogs. A piece of bone. Human bone, in fact. Naturally, when Kehlweiler takes his find to the nearest police station, he faces ridicule. But the tiny fragment obsesses him so much that he stops shadowing suspicious characters in Paris and follows the trail to the tiny Breton fishing village of Port-Nicolas. Because someone there owns a pit bull terrier. A dog that would take a bite out of anything. Even the foot of a corpse. But where is the corpse? Or the murderer?… (more)

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