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This Night's Foul Work (Chief Inspector Adamsberg Mysteries) (original 2006; edition 2008)

by Fred Vargas, Sian Reynolds

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Title:This Night's Foul Work (Chief Inspector Adamsberg Mysteries)
Authors:Fred Vargas
Other authors:Sian Reynolds
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (2008), Paperback, 416 pages
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This Night's Foul Work by Fred Vargas (2006)

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Adamsberg's new house is supposed to be haunted by the ghost of a murderous 18th century nun. A real life murderer, a nurse Adamsberg put behind bars, has escaped from prison. Two minor thugs for hire in Paris have been murdered. Somebody is shooting stags in Normandy and taking their hearts. Is there a link between these disparate events?

Good enough to do away with regrets that we were not going to hear more about what the murderous nun got up to when she was alive. I wasn't totally convinced by the cat tracking down its beloved human, though. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Apr 1, 2017 |
Vargas writes with precision and directness about vague thoughts and actions, intuitions, and twisted, strangled conversations. She creates characters who push the boundaries of normality and jams them all into one car or police station or pub. She revives ancient mysteries and uses them to motivate murders (with much throat slashing). She does not plod or plot herself through a novel, she breaks all standard police procedure, and she bounces from one revelation to the final one, often without logic or any planning on the part of her head detective. Her mysteries are different and both enjoyable and infuriating. I suspect that is why she has done so well. I shall continue reading her.

In Foul Work she focuses on the apparently dysfunctional crime squad run by head detective Adamsberg. And the dysfunctional cat that lives on the copier. But dysfunction solves the offbeat crimes missed by the rest of France's police forces. ( )
  kerns222 | Aug 24, 2016 |
I have trouble understanding how Adamsberg's theories all fit together here, they seemed so tenuous... From a couple of hoodlums found with syringe marks in their arms, but dirt under their nails, to a sleepy Normandy village with a dead stag; the story floats and swoops until it's unexpected ending. Very entertaining and slightly surreal.  ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
Despite a glaring plot error, the Vargas Adamsberg mysteries just keep better and better. In this one, two low-lifes are killed in a similar manner and only Adamsberg suspects that these weren't drug-related murders. He is interested in the dirt under their fingernails, and that leads him eventually to discover (with Matthias of the Three Evangelists) that a grave of a young woman who died accidentally was dug up, the coffin bashed in at the head, but the body left in it, and the grave filled in so carefully that it was unseen by the naked eye (hence, Matthias, an archaeologist). The diabolical plot continues from there, reaching to a new recruit who came from the next valley over from Adamsberg and has memories of an horrific attack, a new medical examiner who suggests that the killer was the nurse known as the Angel of Death who escaped from jail after killing some 30 people, and an attack on a woman who saved Adamsberg in the last novel set in Quebec. All the usual characters from the Serious Crimes bureau are there, and of course Adamsberg eventually traps the murderer.
  rebeccanyc | May 22, 2016 |
Fifth in the Adamsberg series, and another where one of the Three Evangelists has a walk-on part as an expert. The Commissaire has more or less recovered from his nasty experiences in Quebec and is starting to get used to the idea of being a father, but another unpleasant story from his distant past seems to have come back to bite him. And he's confronted not only with a new subordinate who insists on speaking in alexandrines, but also with a baffling set of incidents that are obviously all linked, since this is a crime novel after all, but for the first three hundred pages or so they stubbornly resist falling into place. Once again, it turns out to be a mystery that can only be solved by refusing to follow strictly logical lines.

Together with Sous les vents de Neptune, this is one of the best I've read so far in the series: Vargas gives herself the time and space to explore her large cast of characters in some depth, and there's a good balance between mystery, suspense and comedy. It is one that you shouldn't read out of sequence if you can avoid it, because there is information in the next book that removes at least some of the doubts you're supposed to have whilst reading this one.

(I was puzzled by the English title, which looks as though it should be another line from Macbeth but isn't: according to Wikipedia it's taken from the translation of one of the many lines of verse in the text. The French title relies on a pun that doesn't work in English, so in this case it's pretty obvious why the English publishers had to come up with something else.) ( )
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Two drug dealers are found with their throats cut in the Porte de la Chapelle, Paris, and the narcotics division of the local police is eager to wrap up the case quickly, passing the crime off as a territorial dispute between junkies. But Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg's intuition tells him otherwise. He teams up with Dr. Ariane, a pathologist with whom he crossed paths twenty years ago and who believes the murderer is a woman.

As other murders begin to surface, Adamsberg must move quickly to stop the "Angel of Death" from killing again. With her wry narrative touch, Fred Vargas weaves a thrilling and complex mystery filled with memorable characters that will keep readers guessing up to the final page.

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A chilling new mystery from France?s #1 bestselling writer

Twice awarded the International Dagger by the Crime Writers? Association, Fred Vargas has earned a reputation in Europe as a mystery author of the first order. In This Night?s Foul Work, the intuitive Commissaire Adamsberg teams up with Dr. Ariane, a pathologist with whom he crossed paths twenty years ago, to unravel a beguiling mystery that begins with the discovery of two bodies in Paris?s Porte de la Chapelle. Adamsberg believes it may be the work of a killer with split personalities, who is choosing his or her victims very carefully. As other murders begin to surface, Adamsberg must move quickly in order to stop the ?Angel of Death? from killing again. Intricately plotted and featuring Vargas?s wry humor, This Night?s Foul Work will keep readers guessing up to the final page.

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On the outskirts of Paris, two men have been found with their throats cut, and despite the common assumption that the crime is a drug-related incident, Commissaire Adamsberg becomes convinced that the deaths are the work of a serial killer with split personalities and enlists the assistance of pathologist Ariane Lagarde to help him unravel the truth.… (more)

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