The Ghost Riders of Ordebec

The Ghost Riders of Ordebec

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A # 1 French and Italian bestseller from the three-time winner of the CWA's International Dagger AwardMore than ten million copies of Fred Vargas's Commissaire Adamsberg mysteries have been sold worldwide. Now, American readers are getting hooked on the internationally bestselling author's unsettling blend of crime and the supernatural. As the chief of police in Paris's seventh arrondissement, Commissaire Adamsberg has no jurisdiction in Ordebec. Yet, he cannot ignore a widow's plea. Her daughter Lina has seen a vision of the Ghost Riders with four nefarious men. According to the thousand-year-old legend, the vision means that the men will soon die a grisly death. When one of them disappears, Adamsberg races to Ordebec, where he becomes entranced by the gorgeous Lina--and embroiled in the small Normandy town's ancient feud. A Climate of Fear, the latest Commissaire Adamsberg mystery, will soon be available from Penguin.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 361 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 22.86mm | 272.15g
  • Penguin Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0143123122
  • 9780143123125
  • 127,236

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Praise for Fred Vargas and her Commissaire Adamsberg Mysteries "A wildly imaginative series."--"The New York Times" "Spry, ironic, yet fully engaged with the horror of contemporary reality"--"Los Angeles Times" "It's a full, rich and strange plate." -- "Seattle"" Times" "[A] high degree of intelligence, sophistication and perversity informs [Vargas'] fiction...I continue to be delighted by the workings of [her] imagination. It's a tangled web she weaves, and a hard one to escape."--Patrick Anderson, "The Washington Post " "Bizarre crimes drive Vargas...who's won the CWA International Dagger three times, [and] keeps her zany plot under tight control all the way to the surprising finish."--"Publishers Weekly "(starred review) "Few crime stories are as apt to leave a reader wondering so ardently: Who dunnit?...Vargas' characters are like something out of a fairy tale - eternal opposites, ever-renewing archetypes despite their fresh adventures each time. That's why each novel's opening feels new."--"The Philadelphia Inquirer " "Vargas writes with the startling imagery and absurdist wit of a latter-day Anouilh, about fey characters who live in a wonderful bohemian world that never was but should have been."--"The New York Times Book Review " "Anyone who enjoys kooky characters and intricate detail will happily follow Vargas along." - "Entertainment Weekly" "Readers should settle in to be unsettled. Delight is found not so much in the details of plot as in the oddities of character. The crime, the suspects, and the commissaire are all pleasantly off-kilter and equally baffling. A definite pick for Francophile mystery buffs who also enjoy Georges Simenon's Maigret series and Pierre Magnan ("Death in the Truffle Wood")."--"Library Journal" "As droll and fascinating as "la ville lumiere" itself."--"Kirkus Reviews " "Adamsberg, always an intuitive sleuth rather than a rational o
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About Fred Vargas

Fred Vargas is an archaeologist, a historian, and an internationally bestselling author. She lives in Paris.
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2,569 ratings
3.89 out of 5 stars
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4 46% (1,175)
3 23% (602)
2 5% (128)
1 1% (22)
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