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Un luogo incerto by Vargas Fred

Un luogo incerto (2008)

by Vargas Fred, Botto Margherita (Translator)

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Title:Un luogo incerto
Authors:Vargas Fred
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An Uncertain Place by Fred Vargas (2008)

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Great to read again, sian reynolds translation is beautifully done.
lovely and quirky and wierd with lots of random facts.
plog! also bonhomie :D ( )
  JazMinderr | Jul 31, 2014 |
I loved this instalment in the series and how Vargas mixed ‘fact’ – the Highgate Vampire story is based on real reports of supernatural activity in and around Highgate Cemetery in the 1970s – and fiction. I also loved how the seemingly random elements of the plot, the shoes and the decomposing feet found at Highgate, the murder and complete disintegration of the victim’s body, and the Serbian village, all came together at the end. Fabulous. ( )
  riverwillow | May 4, 2014 |
After the Ordabec book, this proved to be very disappointing.
An insane and unbelievable plot, involving vampires and nice Serbian peasants as well as Adamsberg's family, this was a waste of time. ( )
  annbury | Feb 27, 2014 |
An Uncertain Place is the sixth novel in the Commissaire Adamsberg series by author Fred Vargas. While attending a policing conference in London and while there British police discover that someone has left 18 pairs of shoes (including the feet) at Highgate Cemetary. Returning to France, Adamsberg thinks nothing more of the incident until he is called to solve a murder where the body is badly mutilated and has missing feet..

The book is not a fantasy novel as some people might think, despite the vampire reference. It is a straightforward crime novelRead the full review here ( )
  thecrimescene | Aug 17, 2013 |
This book was so imaginative! I really enjoyed it. By the time the author introduced an element* that usually makes me roll my eyes in disgust, I was already laughing about the hot mess of officers in Adamsberg's police station and smiling at the cats and kittens also populating his world. It is easy enough to suspend disbelief with writing this entertaining.

Favorite lines:
"'Every man has his price, his demons, everyone has a grenade under the bed. It makes a great chain of people around the globe who've got each other by the balls.'"

"It wasn't going to be easy to get a woman living alone to open the door just by saying 'police,' which wouldn't convince anyone. Either you didn't believe it was the police, or you did, which was even worse."

*Vampires ( )
  librarianarpita | Aug 12, 2013 |
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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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Fred Vargasprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
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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Commissaire Adamsberg leaves Paris for a three-day conference in London. With him are a young sergeant, Estalère, and Commandant Danglard, who is terrified at the idea of travelling beneath the Channel. It is the break they all need, until a macabre and brutal case comes to the attention of their colleague Radstock from New Scotland Yard.… (more)

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