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An Uncertain Place by Fred Vargas

An Uncertain Place (2008)

by Fred Vargas

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Series: Chief Inspector Adamsberg (6)

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A great slow read. I've enjoyed or do much that I've read it three times. Tension, character, plot all gripping. You want to hang out with these people.
  PavelGromnic | Sep 3, 2017 |
...l'unica cosa incerta, come al solito nei "gialli" della Vargas, è l'argomento di cui la scrittrice parla...
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  icaro. | Aug 31, 2017 |
Nel precedente "Un po' più in là sulla destra" non c'è una goccia di sangue che sia una: la Vargas qui recupera letteralmente con fiumi di porpora e alta tensione - occhio ai cardiopatici.
Splendido, un altro capolavoro. ( )
  LaPizia | Aug 3, 2017 |
Number 8 in this series focuses on Commissaire Adamsberg. Not just his intuitive, dreamy, quirky nature, but a part of his life that he had lost--in truth he hardly ever had it. Adamsberg is not good at noticing his own life. The part resurfaces and brings a bundle of confusion (Confusion is the norm in an Adamsberg investigation). The old gang is here too: Neighbor Lucio peeing on the tree in the garden, his detectives overeating, oversleeping, overdrinking, his boss still trying to dump him, and a village in Serbia overflowing with bloodsucking secrets. Some gore but done elegantly. Good writing. Two late nights of reading.
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  kerns222 | Aug 24, 2016 |
In this mystery, Commisaire Adamsberg is in danger physically and career-wise. After a gruesome murder takes place, various other events occur, and Adamsberg eventually goes to Serbia, where vampires play a role. There also is a mystery relating to cut-off feet, in shoes, outside the Highgate cemetery in London. All these plot lines eventually come together. I am nearing the end of the Adamsbergs that have been translated into English and that disappoints me because I love this series.
  rebeccanyc | Jun 20, 2016 |
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A nice Gallic counterpart to Christopher Fowler's very English "Peculiar Crimes Unit" series, which also hints at the supernatural and stars eccentric sleuths. Readers should suspend their disbelief at Vargas's dizzying array of plot twists and coincidences and just enjoy the roller-coaster ride. Great fun!
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Fred Vargasprimary authorall editionscalculated
Botto, MargheritaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Elligers, AnneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Girard, Anne-Hélène SuárezTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Luoma, MarjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pollé, RosaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reynolds, SiânTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schwarze, WaltraudTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
St. Aubyn, IsabelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Torcal, AnnaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vinšová, KateřinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Le commissaire Adamsberg savait repasser les chemises, sa mère lui avait appris à aplatir l'empiècement d'épaule et à lisser le tissu autour des boutons.
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Commissaire Adamsberg leaves Paris for a three-day conference in London. Accompanying him are Estalere, a young sergeant, and Commandant Danglard, who is terrified at the idea of traveling beneath the Channel. It is a welcome change of scenery, until a macabre and brutal case comes to the attention of their colleague Radstock from New Scotland Yard.

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 house. 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.

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"When Commissaire Adamsberg, the chief of police in Paris's 7th 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. As Adamsberg circles closer to the truth, it becomes clear that someone on the inside wants to shut down the investigation, no matter the cost"--… (more)

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