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An Uncertain Place (2008)

by Fred Vargas

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Series: Chief Inspector Adamsberg (6)

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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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My favorite part is either the food caches of Froissy or the cat who sleeps on the photocopier.
I wonder if I could get through any of these in French... ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
I love the Chief Inspector Adamsberg series. This book was the best I have read from this series so far.
Adamsberg has to investigate a brutal murder case. The corpse is dismembered as if it had passed through a chopper several times. Who could the killer be? Even if the murder appears brutal, all of the side scenes are often a smile. Adamsberg more than lives up to his character as a dreamer and sensitive person. He also gets an unexpected addition to the family and his heart for animals also comes into play.
A great book that I highly recommend. ( )
  Ameise1 | Apr 20, 2021 |
Once again Vargas has found a uniquely complex plot for this exciting and fast-paced addition to her series. Adamsberg is as brilliant and quirky as ever. While I enjoyed reading An Uncertain Place I felt it went off the main path onto too many winding trails. Too many characters, story lines, and red herrings making it almost too complicated.

An excellent series to read for fun and enjoyment, and to learn all kinds of things as well, thanks to Danglard.
  Bookish59 | Mar 7, 2021 |
"Alle Welt glaubt daran, junger Mann. Jeder fürchtet, dass in der Nacht ein Grabstein sich heben und ein kalter Hauch ihm über den Nacken streichen könnte. Und niemand denkt, dass die Toten gute Gefährten sind. An Vampire zu glauben ist nichts anderes." Ein grausiger Fund auf einem Friedhof in London, ein kaltblütiger Mord in Paris und ein mysteriöser Brief führen Kommissar Adamsberg in seinem neuen Fall an den Ursprung einer alten Legende, den Quell menschlicher Ängste.
  Fredo68 | May 14, 2020 |
J'aurais définitivement dû lire ces romans dans le bon ordre... Eh ben - tout de même, c'est mon préféré, quand bien même les motifs (vampirisme, fils perdu, intrigue des intouchables) ne sont pas, comme d'habitude, parfaitement arrangßes - ainsi que le personnage du docteur d'ailleurs. Mais bien rhythmé, ce livre, et une intrigue qui méandre à travers l'Europe comme un fleuve fantasmarogique!
  Kindlegohome | Jul 30, 2018 |
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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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Botto, MargheritaTranslatorsecondary 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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Gli agenti alzarono la testa tutti insieme per annusare. Strano, pensò Adamsberg, che l'essere umano sollevi istintivamernte il naso di dieci centimetri quando si tratta di percepire un odore. Come se dieci centimetri cambiassero qualcosa. Spinti da quel riflesso automatico conservato dalla notte dei tempi, gli agenti sembravano proprio un branco di gerbilli che cercano di captare nel vento l'odore del nemico.
«Ascolta, piccolo, è l'ora del cambio. Ascolta il rumore degli animali che si addormentano e di quelli che si svegliano. Senti il fruscio delle corolle che si chiudono».
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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"--

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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.

"— Trois morts, c’est exact, dit Danglard. Mais cela regarde les médecins, les épidémiologistes, les zoologues. Nous, en aucun cas. Ce n’est pas de notre compétence.
— Ce qu’il serait bon de vérifier, dit Adamsberg. J’ai donc rendez-vous demain au Muséum d’Histoire naturelle.
— Je ne veux pas y croire, je ne veux pas y croire. Revenez-nous, commissaire. Bon sang mais dans quelles brumes avez-vous perdu la vue ?
— Je vois très bien dans les brumes, dit Adamsberg un peu sèchement, en posant ses deux mains à plat sur la table. Je vais donc être net. Je crois que ces trois hommes ont été assassinés.
— Assassinés, répéta le commandant Danglard. Par l’araignée recluse ?"
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