This Night's Foul Work


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Author: Vargas, Fred

Edition: 1st Edition

Number Of Pages: 416

EAN: 9780307396853

Release Date: 08-01-2008

Languages: English

Item Condition: UsedGood

Binding: Hardcover

Details: Product Description A phenomenal bestseller in France, This Night’s Foul Work is another irresistible installment in the internationally acclaimed Commissaire Adamsberg series. On the edge of Paris two small-time drug dealers have had their throats cut in a peculiar fashion. Setting out on the trail of the shadowy killer, Commissaire Adamsberg and his detectives travel between Paris and the Normandy countryside. Adamsberg’s investigation into these horrible deaths brings him into contact with the attractive Ariane Lagarde –a pathologist who caused him professional grief some twenty-five years ago. There’s also a new lieutenant on the scene, whose ties to Adamsberg’s past create tension and hostility in his present. Vargas has given us another multi-layered, deliciously-paced and thrilling addition to her acclaimed series. This Night’s Foul Work is the finest novel yet from the wonderful Fred Vargas. Review ‘Stylish prose and strong characters’ -James Urquhart, Financial Times ‘Humorous and original eccentricity’ - The Herald ‘If you haven’t cottoned on to Vargas’s brilliant Adamsberg detective series, then you’re missing a treat’ -Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday ‘ This Night’s Foul Work goes beyond the suspense and plot twists expected of detective fiction as Vargas has created enthralling characters with very real emotions’ - French Magazine‘I absolutely loved the latest offering from Vargas. The story is bizarre but the humour and lightness in the way it's written make it seem convincing in this alternative Adamsberg universe’ ‘The narrative pace and the conglomeration of oddities and details make for a high level of entertainment and mystery’ ‘In theory, Fred Vargas’s novels ought not to work. The storylines are, almost always, wholly unbelievable. The characters, with few exceptions, are weird, exaggerated and unconvincing. And yet, when she assembles her unique, unreal mixture, what emerges is irresistibly gripping, powerfully written and quite often frightening’ -Marcel Berlins, The Times Praise for Wash This Blood Clean from My Hand: “A celebration of the grand French tradition of crime writing. . . . It’s finely crafted, elegantly written and very modernist.” - The Globe and Mail “Plenty of tense entertainment.” - Toronto Star “ Wash This Blood Clean from My Hand establishes Vargas beyond doubt as a cool, clever, original and deeply humane crime writer.” - The Times Literary Supplement About the Author Fred Vargas is a historian, archaeologist and internationally bestselling author. Her novel The Three Evangelists won the prestigious British Crime Writers’ Association Duncan Lawrie International Dagger Award and Wash This Blood Clean from My Hand has been nominated for the same prize. She lives in Paris. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. I By fixing his curtain to one side with a clothes-peg, Lucio could better observe the new neighbour at his leisure. The newcomer, who was small and dark, had stripped to the waist despite the chilly March breeze and was building a wall of breeze-blocks without using a plumb line. After an hour’s watching, Lucio shook his head abruptly, like a lizard emerging from its motionless siesta. He removed his unlit cigarette from his mouth. ‘That one,’ he said, pronouncing his final diagnosis, ‘has no more ballast in his head than in his hands. He’s going his own sweet way without the rule book. Pleasing himself.’ ‘Let him get on with it, then,’ said his daughter, without conviction. ‘I know what I have to do, Maria.’ ‘You just enjoy upsetting other people, don’t you, with your old wives’ tales?’ Her father clicked his tongue disapprovingly. ‘You wouldn’t talk like that if you had trouble sleeping. The other night I saw her, clear as I see you.’ ‘Yes, you told me.’ ‘She went past the windows on the first floor, slowly like the ghost.’ ‘Yes,’ Maria said again, with indifference. The old man had ri

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