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An Uncertain Place

An Uncertain Place

Paperback Commissaire Adamsberg

By (author) Fred Vargas, Translated by Sian Reynolds

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  • Publisher: HARVILL SECKER
  • Format: Paperback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 230mm x 34mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 2 May 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1846554454
  • ISBN 13: 9781846554452
  • Sales rank: 48,222

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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 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. 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 home. 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. In Fred Vargas' riveting new novel, Commissaire Adamsberg finds himself in the line of fire as never before.

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Fred Vargas was born in Paris in 1957. A historian and archaeologist by profession, she is now a bestselling novelist. Her books have sold over 10 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 45 languages.

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"One of today's few truly original writers of crime fiction: disturbing, unruly, droll and poetic." -- Marcel Berlins The Times "Wonderfully intricate and Gothic" Independent "This is the seventh outing for Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg, Fred Vargas's thoughtful, laid-back police chief, and the series shows no signs of flagging; An Uncertain Place is full of wit and invention, with a plot that satisfies both intellect and emotion." -- Annabella Bankhouse Times Literary Supplement "With its idiosyncratic detective and taut plot, this is crime fiction writing at its most intriguing." Marie Claire "As ever, Vargas's characters inhabit a world where reason and myth collide, and the result is a thrilling read." -- Joan Smith Sunday Times