Sophia Simeonidis, a Greek opera singer, wakes up one morning to discover that a tree has appeared overnight in the garden of her Paris house. A few weeks later, Sophia disappears and nobody worries too much until her body is found burned to ashes in a car. Who killed the opera singer? Her husband, her ex-lover, her best friend?
'People will die,' says the panic-stricken woman outside police headquarters. She refuses to speak to anyone besides Commissaire Adamsberg. Her daughter has seen a vision: ghostly horsemen who target the most nefarious characters in Normandy.
Crime & mysteryAnother riveting case for the engaging contemporary detective, Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg. On the outskirts of Paris, two men have been found with their throats cut. It is assumed that this is a drug-related incident of the kind so often uncovered in that area of town. But Adamsberg is convinced there is more to it than that. He's not wrong...
Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger HOW DO YOU SOLVE A MURDER WITHOUT A BODY?
Keeping watch under the windows of the Paris flat belonging to a politician's nephew, ex-special investigator Louis Kehlweiler catches sight of something odd on the pavement. A tiny piece of bone. Human bone, in fact.
When Kehlweiler takes his find to the nearest police station, he faces ridicule. Obsessed by the fragment, he follows the trail to the tiny Breton fishing village of Port-Nicolas - in search of a dog. But when he recruits 'evangelists' Marc and Mathias to help, they find themselves facing even bigger game.
A THREE EVANGELISTS NOVEL
Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg is not like other policemen. When strange blue chalk circles start appearing overnight on the pavements of Paris, the press take up the story with amusement and psychiatrists trot out their theories. Adamsberg is alone in thinking this is not a game and far from amusing.
Dopo aver letto questo libro, l'esistenza con le sue verità essenziali non avrà più alcun segreto per voi. Saprete tutto del lombrico, della valigetta a pressione, di quella ad antipressione, e dell'amore redentore. Saprete qualcosa persino del compagno di Fred Vargas, che da più di un mese non dà notizie, ma tanto l'autrice ha in testa solo il suo trattato e poi "gli altri non si cambiano". Saprete della sorella pittrice, della madre che passa come un colpo di vento, e anche del campanile di Villiers d'Écaudart, paesino della Normandia che sembra essere per Vargas quel che Weimar fu per Goethe. Affinerete finalmente la vostra comprensione dell'esistenza attraverso i concetti di attesa e di nulla, attraverso le figure dell'astice e del pitone.
Commissaire Adamsberg is pitted against the mysteries of one Alpine village's history and a problem: wolves. Disturbing things have been happening up in the French mountains; more sheep are being found with their throats torn-out. The evidence points to a wolf of unnatural size and strength, but Suzanne thinks it is the work of a werewolf.
Commissaire Adamsberg leaves Paris for a conference in London. Accompanying him are Estalere, a young sergeant, and Commandant Danglard, who is terrified at the idea of travelling 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.
Each day, in honour of a Parisian tradition, a town crier calls out the local news to all who will listen. Over the course of a few days a number of disturbing messages are slipped in to his box, messages of portentous and malicious intent referring to the Black Death.
On the outskirts of Paris, 2 men have been found with their throats cut. It is assumed that this is a drug-related incident of the kind so often uncovered in that area of town. But Adamsberg is convinced that there is more to it. The trail also leads Adamsberg to a cemetery, where a grave has been disturbed with no apparent motive.