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Wash This Blood Clean From My Hand by Fred…

Wash This Blood Clean From My Hand (2004)

by Fred Vargas

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Series: Chief Inspector Adamsberg (4)

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Je suis en train d'écouter le troisième Adamsberg l'un après l'autre, et franchement je ne sais plus ce que ca a donné. Tout se mélange, et pendant que c'est amusant - et intriguant - en le lisant, je n'arrive pas à me rappeller grand chose quelques jours après.
  Kindlegohome | Jul 12, 2018 |
Adamsberg in scacco?

Bellissima avventura che mette duramente alla prova il nostro "spalatore di nuvole". Vicende familiari dolorose tornano a galla dal passato, fantasmi di gioventù si materializzano in una catena di omicidi apparentemente scollegati, amnesìe inesplicabili portano a dubitare del proprio "io" e mettono pericolosamente sulla strada dell'autopunizione. Ma lentamente ogni tassello trova una sua collocazione, diabolica, precisa, potente come il fantasma con cui Adamsberg si trova a duellare. Sulla strada verso la luce della verità, personaggi incredibili per umanità e capacità: una "hacker" ultrasessantenne che ruba ai ricchi per "pareggiare" i conti, poliziotti canadesi di una correttezza disarmante, una collega burbera ma piena di risorse, donne tradite da uomini troppo presi da sè stessi. Esilarante lo slang dei "quebecchesi" che Adamsberg sembra capire non tanto "letteralmente" quanto "emotivamente". Il tutto condito come sempre da riferimenti reali e plausibili come la storia degli uomini, ingiustizie piccole pareggiate sulla lunga scala del tempo.
  Magrathea | Dec 30, 2017 |
I did enjoy this; despite many far fetched elements in the plot, it had a freshness about it I liked the workaday atmosphere of the offices in Paris and Quebec (the glamour of two weeks collecting samples and staring at test tubes in the name of forensics).
I enjoyed the scenery, and several of the characters, I just found the denouement a little rushed, and some of the characters a little too coincidental (Josette, the little old lady hacker conveniently appearing when computer hacking was needed to advance the plot). Overall 3.5 stars (rounded up as I'm feeling generous) ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
When they were teenagers, Adamsberg's brother, Raphaël, was accused of murdering his girlfriend. Adamsberg saved his brother by concocting a false alibi. Over the years he becomes convinced there is a serial killer on the loose who frames others for his murders. Now the killer has struck again and as Adamsberg investigates, he himself is framed for another murder while he is on a training course in Ottawa.

Absolutely unputdownable as Adamsberg goes to ground and investigates aided by his friend Clémentine and her friend Josette, all the time plagued by self-doubts. Had he committed murder after drinking so much as to leave a four-hour gap in his memory? ( )
  Robertgreaves | Apr 10, 2016 |
Wow! This is the first Vargas book I could hardly put down. After several panic attacks, Adamsberg recalls a serial murderer, a powerful judge, who has haunted him since his teenage brother was wrongfully accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend; the murderer gruesomely kills with a pitchfork with three prongs and has struck again, even though he supposedly died 16 years earlier. Adamsberg and his team are scheduled to go to Montreal for a course in DNA analysis and while there Adamsberg uncharacteristically gets drunk one night and blacks out, losing several hours. Back in France, he is hauled back to Canada, accused of killing -- with a pitchfork -- a young woman he had a fling with. Having blacked out for several hours, he even thinks he might have done it. He escapes back to France and goes into hiding with an old woman and her equally elderly friend who figured in an earlier novel. The friend is an expert hacker and helps Adamsberg with data. Of course, the characters make a Vargas novel, and there are many more than I can describe, but in this novel the plot is also compelling as, with many twists and turns, Adamsberg, with his old and newfound friends, discovers what really happened.
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Fred Vargasprimary authorall editionscalculated
Crespo, AurelioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Elligers, AnneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Klakovoĭ, E.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Melaouah, YasminaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Will all the great Neptune's ocean wash this blood 
Clean from my hand?
   - Macbeth, II.ii
À ma sœur jumelle, Jo Vargas
To my twin sister, Jo Vargas
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Leaning his shoulder against the dark basement wall, Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg stood contemplating the enormous central heating boiler which had suddenly stopped working, two days before.
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Original French title = Sous les vents de Neptune; English title = Wash This Blood Clean from My Hand
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In this remarkable addition to the Commissaire Adamsberg series, has a serial killer followed Adamsberg to Canada on his training mission?

Between 1943 and 2003, nine people have been stabbed to death with a most unusual weapon: a trident. In each case, arrests were made, suspects confessed their crime and were sentenced to life. One slightly worrying detail: all the presumed murderers lost consciousness during the night of the crime and cannot remember whether they actually did it or not. Commissaire Adamsberg is convinced all the murders are the work of one person: the terrifying Judge Fulgence. Years before, Adamsberg's own brother had been the principal suspect in a similar case and avoided prison only thanks to Adamsberg's help. History now repeats itself when Adamsberg, who is temporarily based in Quebec for a training mission, is accused of having savagely murdered his young lover. In order to prove his innocence, Adamsberg must go on the run from the Canadian police and find Judge Fulgence.

Three wounds in a perfectly straight line was the bloody signature that marked victims from every corner of France who had been murdered at regular intervals over the course of thirty years. Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg, the chief of police in Paris's 7th arrondissement, is deeply and personally familiar with the case, and though others were always framed and convicted for these crimes, including his own brother, the Commissaire knows the true identity of the killer — and knows that the murderer died in 1987. All the more disturbing then, is Adamsberg's discovery one morning of a fresh murder with exactly the same profile. Stunned into action — and himself a suspect — Adamsberg must confront the mysterious return of an old, familiar evil.

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A #1 bestselling author in France, Fred Vargas repeatedly captivates her many admirers across the globe with suspenseful mysteries featuring Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg, ?a Gallic cousin to Ruth Rendell?s Chief Inspector Wexford? (The Washington Post). In the same way that Donna Leon?s Commissario Brunetti and Andrea Camilleri?s Inspector Montalbano have won countless fans on this side of the Atlantic due to Penguin?s robust commitment to the best international mystery writing, Vargas?s Commissaire Adamsberg is poised to conquer America in a series of novels that are ?truly original . . . like nothing else in contemporary fiction? (The Sunday Times, London), beginning with Wash This Blood Clean from My Hand.

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In this remarkable addition to the Commissaire Adamsberg series, a serial killer has followed Adamsberg to Canada on his training mission in a novel that will keep readers spellbound until the very end.

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