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Seeking Whom He May Devour: Chief Inspector Adamsberg Investigates (Chief… (original 1999; edition 2006)

by Fred Vargas

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Title:Seeking Whom He May Devour: Chief Inspector Adamsberg Investigates (Chief Inspector Adamsberg Mysteries)
Authors:Fred Vargas
Info:Simon & Schuster (2006), Edition: Original, Paperback, 304 pages
Collections:Foreign, Mystery, Fiction
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Seeking Whom He May Devour by Fred Vargas (1999)

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Sheep and people are being killed in a remote corner of South East France. And a man rumoured to be a werewolf has gone missing. Meanwhile in Paris, Chief Inspector Adamsberg is trying to avoid the attentions of a young woman who wants to kill him in revenge for the death of her lover.

It took a while for what seemed to be two disparate stories to come together but it was all thoroughly enjoyable with some appealing if rather odd characters. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Oct 2, 2013 |
A strange story, as I read it I couldn't work out quite how Adamsberg was going to fit into the investigation, but Vargas pulled all the threads together to create a satisfying mystery. The dynamic between Camille and Adamsberg is interesting and gives some insight into their characters. Have some of the other books in the series lurking on my TBR mountain, which will definitely be read. ( )
  riverwillow | Aug 28, 2013 |
Not as good as a first novel in Commissaire Adamsberg series, maybe because there is not that much of Adamsberg here. In any case, it's still very unusual, but lacking poetry and style of the first novel. ( )
  everfresh1 | Jan 20, 2013 |
Really well done, and hilarious. Or at least I thought it was. My full review is here: http://www.novelish.com/reviews/seeking-whom-he-may-devour/ ( )
  cecily2 | Dec 29, 2012 |
Do not miss the mystery novels of Fred Vargas. I will say no more. ( )
  DowntownLibrarian | Nov 29, 2012 |
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On Tuesday, four sheep were killed at Ventebrune in the French Alps.
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A small mountain community in the French Alps is roused to terror when they awaken each morning to find yet another of their sheep with its throat torn out. One of the villagers thinks it might be a werewolf, and when she's found killed in the same manner, people begin to wonder if she might have been right. Suspicion falls on Massart, a loner living on the edge of the woods.

The murdered woman's adopted son, one of her shepherds, and her new friend Camille decide to pursue Massart, who has conveniently disappeared. Their ineptness for the task soon becomes painfully obvious, and they summon Commissaire Adamsberg from the city to bring his exceptional powers of intuition to bear on layer upon layer of buried hatred and secrets.

France's queen of crime writing pits the maverick genius of Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg against ancient, primal fears.

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A small mountain community in the French Alps is roused to terror when they awaken each morning to find yet another of their sheep with its throat torn out. One of the villagers thinks it might be a werewolf, and when she's found killed in the same manner, people begin to wonder if she might have been right. Suspicion falls on Massart, a loner living on the edge of town.

The murdered woman's adopted son, one of her shepherds, and her new friend Camille decide to pursue Massart, who has conveniently disappeared. Their ineptness for the task soon becomes painfully obvious, and they summon Commissaire Adamsberg from the city to bring his exceptional powers of intuition to bear on layer upon layer of buried hatred and secrets.

France's queen of crime writing pits the maverick genius of Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg against ancient, primal fears in a novel that "establishes Vargas as one of the most unusual voices in European crime fiction" (The Sunday Times [London]).

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:44:52 -0400)

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In a small village in the Alps, it appears that a very large wolf is attacking sheep. When a woman is also killed, rumors about werewolves begin to spread.

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