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Sinisten ympyröiden mies (Commissaire Adamsberg #1)

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Pariisilaisia huvittaa. Yön pimeydessä joku piirtää jalkakäytävälle suuria sinisiä ympyröitä. Ympyrän keskelle hän asettaa sattumanvaraisen esineen: papiljotin, lankakerän, uimalakin. Sinistä kehää kiertää kauniilla käsialalla kirjoitettu outo viesti.

Komisario Adamsberg huolestuu. Hän pyytää ylikonstaapeli Danglardia tutkimaan ympyröitä. Vastahakoinen työtoveri nurkuu: "K
Paperback, 301 pages
Published 2008 by Gummerus (first published 1996)
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Red Iza Yes, it's called "The chalk circle man" - Ed : Vintage :)
Red Iza I honestly didn't get much about Camille, lol ! I know she's the reason why Adamsberg got close with one of the main characters, she's his more or…moreI honestly didn't get much about Camille, lol ! I know she's the reason why Adamsberg got close with one of the main characters, she's his more or less love interest, but that's it... Sorry !(less)
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May 16, 2011 Elisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mi domandavo perché faccio lo sbirro. Forse perché in questo mestiere devi cercare delle cose con buone possibilità di trovarle. E ti consola del resto.

All'inizio, quando ho letto che Fred Vargas si è impegnata a scrivere un libro all'anno nel suo mese di vacanza, ho pensato che fosse un po' pressapochista. Suppongo che in un mese di ferie uno non passi la vita attaccato a una storia, avrà anche altro a cui pensare. E un mese sembra poco.

Invece, wow. Fred, tu ci sai fare.
Prima di tutto, l'intre
Feb 22, 2009 Dorian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I get that Vargas wants a different kind of detective--indeed, Adamsberg is the anti-Sherlock Holmes. No logic or attempt thereat, but rather pure intution, feeling, etc. It's intriguing, but I'm not sure that the genre can be pushed as far in this direction as Vargas thinks.

This isn't a bad book, just one that didn't resonate for me at all. Put it this way: usually I use "peculiar" as an adjective of highest praise. But this is just plain old peculiar.
First Sentence: Mathilde took out her diary and wrote: “The man sitting next to me has got one hell of a nerve.”

Someone is drawing chalk circles on the streets of Paris. Initially, each surrounds such mundane items such as an old handbag, a cotton bud, a one-franc coin, a torch battery, or a screwdriver. Things change the night the circle contains the body of a woman whose throat has been slashed.

I am so glad to have found this series, although I started at the most recent book and am now starti
Mon premier Fred Vargas et je ne suis pas sûre d'avoir vraiment accroché à l'histoire. J'ai trouvé ça un peu longuet malgré le fait que le livre soit court et je n'ai pas du tout été convaincue par la résolution de l'enquête.

Malgré cela, j'ai apprécié les personnages qui changent de ce qu'on trouve d'habitude dans les policiers, je pense donc continuer la série des Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg pour voir si la suite me plaît plus.

Questo libricino è un piccolo gioiello. Purtroppo l'ho già letto tre volte (o forse quattro) e non voglio rileggerlo soltanto per scrivere questa recensione. Quindi probabilmente non riuscirò a trasmettere quell'entusiasmo che qualche anno fa mi faceva ripetere a parenti ed amici "Conosci Fred Vargas? Conosci il commissario Adamsberg? Hai letto i suoi libri? Devo prestarti il primo? Sicuro che non lo vuoi? Ha uno stile magnifico. Sei proprio sicuro sicuro?".

Mi ricordo pers
Sep 12, 2009 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I hadn't heard of Fred Vargas or her Commissaire Adamsberg novels until I read that this one had won the International Dagger, and that indeed Vargas had won it several times before with other Adamsberg novels. Which was pretty perplexing, as this is the first in the series . . .

The Daggers are awarded for the year of English-language appearance, it transpires. The mystery remains, unsolved by me, of why the books' UK and US publishers chose to translate later volumes before getting round to th
The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas is the first book of the Comissaire Adamsberg mystery series set in modern-day Paris France. Newly appointed police Commissaire Adamsberg is an unusual policeman – he does not investigate methodically or make logical deductions. He relies on ideas to pop into his head, and sensations. He cannot improve his thinking of solutions by concentration; focusing drives all thought from his head; instead he is most effective when he sits and doodles leaves. Adamsberg f ...more
Feb 14, 2014 Lilian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the books I’d put on hold at the library hadn’t arrived yet, I scoured the new books shelf and saw this one. I thought, Well, Vargas. I’ve heard of her. A number of book bloggers like her. It was just translated into English in 2009, but it is the first of the Adamsberg dectective novels, and was published in French in 1991. If I’m reading the chronology right, that’s her second novel. I had avoided Vargas even though she sounded interesting because the plots sounded rather bloody. But in fac ...more
Apr 02, 2012 AC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
It is interesting and strange that I want so much to write about a book that only gets four-stars (4 stars being, in my inflated world, tantamount to saying it was only so-so... though this book is better than just so-so.

I don't know quite why I've suddenly fallen into with this genre. I can't imagine it has great interest for my GR friends.... I'm not one for fiction, as everyone knows..., so maybe it's simply because these books are not very taxing -- though I like to think there's something m
A Parigi sui marciapiedi improvvisamente compaiono dei grandi cerchi blu disegnati col gesso accompagnati dalla frase "Victor, malasorte, il domani è alle porte". Al centro di questi cerchi sono posti degli oggetti di scarso valore apparentemente senza senso: un trombone, tappi di bottiglia, lattine, una pinzetta, un vasetto di yogurt, una candela… I giornalisti indagano per soddisfare l’opinione pubblica e gli psicologi interpellati si dividono tra chi ipotizza la mano di un maniaco, e chi uno ...more
May 24, 2016 Lynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It seems that readers either love this book or it is just ok for them. Unfortunately it was just ok for me. Comissionaire Adamsberg wasn't a realistic detective to me. He seemed to pull solutions out of the air by intuition. He didn't want to think about or analyze information. He drew leaves instead. He did have an excellent gut feel when something didn't ring true. He listened to Dangard his next in command interview people and analyze data. The secondary characters were all odd. They sat arou ...more
Mar 16, 2016 F.R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wrote in my review of another Paris mystery novel, Georges Simenon’s ‘The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien’, that it was the kind of mystery which only ever existed in crime novels and had virtually nothing to do with the real world. That’s an observation though, rather than a criticism. Nearly all whodunits take place in their old world with their own rules, and the pleasure from reading them comes from the joy of the mystery, rather than lifting a veil on the nature of man. However, this sense of ...more
Rebecca Bradley
I found this an unusual read for a crime fiction novel. It wasn't that it was a translated novel, but that it was really quirky and quaint.

I loved the premise that someone in Paris was going around the city drawing blue circles around inanimate objects and the media had got itself into a frenzy over it. I thought it was a unique start. The characters were also very different to any I had read before. The protagonist Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg was not like a police detective at all, but rather allo
Nancy Oakes
While his crew of co-workers are trying to figure him out, the new commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg settles into his job in the Paris police force in the 5th arrondissement. Adamsberg started his police career in the "stony foothills of the Pyrenees," where another inspector told him that he wasn't "cut out" to be a policeman. But that was before he went on to solve several murders in the area, was promoted to inspector and then commissaire. When the job in Paris was offered to him, he grabbe ...more
Callie S.
Una premessa: a me la narrativa contemporanea francese piace - e molto.
Mi piace che gli autori abbiano ossessioni riconoscibili e una traccia stilistica che li caratterizza in modo immediato.
Mi piace l'approccio esistenzialista che ha la pagina, l'attenzione al dettaglio umano, la suggestione dei luoghi.
Mi piace meno chi, forte di questa tradizione, la rovescia a piene mani in una pagina che dovrebbe trasudare fatti, non divagazioni.
Fred Vargas è bravissima. Purtroppo per il lettore, lo
Mar 03, 2013 Simona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fred Vargas è stata spesso definita l'anti Patricia Cornwell per il suo modo semplice di raccontare un delitto o una serie di delitti avvenuti in circostanze misteriose, come i cerchi azzurri che vengono trovati di volta in volta nei diversi quartieri e arrondissement parigini senza capire chi sia l'assassino e come mai compia quel gesto.
"L'uomo dei cerchi azzurri" è un giallo, una storia in cui le vicissitudini interiori, le problematiche dei vari personaggi da Adamsberg, il commissario, un uo
Walt Giersbach
Dec 07, 2012 Walt Giersbach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I confess that a good portion of my reading acquisitions are used-tested by library patrons who turn them back for other patrons to buy and read. This was my luck to discover Fred Vargas, a fine scientific mind who writes popular crime stories focused on Commissaire Adamsberg.

A large percentage of a crime/mystery story’s success lies in characterization, and to a lesser extent plot and setting. The Commissaire will remind you of Lt. Columbo in acting tangentally to the crime; his inspector Dangl
I was quite disappointed in this book as I was ready to really enjoy it. After all, it is a mystery that takes place in Paris -I have been known to enjoy such stories. But, for me, the whole story was bogged down by the specter of a gooey, romantic haunting. The plot’s purpose seemed to delivery method for the eccentric characters and a lurking romance. I dislike mixing romance with my crime novels, however I accept that it happens, romance that is; as long as it doesn’t hijack the premise of th ...more
Dec 08, 2015 AdiTurbo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first in the Adamsberg series and a little less good than the next ones, but still very good. Adamsberg and other characters are not yet fully formed, but you can see them being developed here. The plot is quite original, the humanity and acceptance of eccentricity in humans is already there. I plan to read the whole series - it's fabulous and so intelligent.
Jun 26, 2014 ???!!! rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
As you read Vargas novel you can't be sure where in time you're in. The writing is so lyrical mystical, and philosophical you'll feel you are in the 18th century. Then you discovered theres a subway system.

I've always been mesmerized by Vargas writing. Often I would just stop reading and savior again and again the deeper truth in in. Not to say the story itself is not catching. With this I was sure I knew who the killer was but, of course, Varagas foresaw that as well.

This is no grumpy, old, a
G.M. Cameron
Jun 01, 2016 G.M. Cameron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fred Vargas' Inspector Adamsberg is a unique detective in fiction who works by intuition and is almost allergic to logic. Luckily he has an inferior, Danglard, who carries that burden for him wonderfully. How this country boy has reached this rank and is suffered to run his squad of freaks in a major Paris police force is a mystery, like many others in the average Vargas novel - but do we care? Not at all.
Like our own Sophie Hannah, Vargas typically poses a wonderful conundrum. Here it is the a
Not my style of writing or mood of writing. Very French and none of the characters resemble the people I have known. Clemence, Matilde and our protagonist long-suffering policeman- all three of those- their thought patterns were such streams of various weirdness that I often did not have correct context, I don't believe I did.

Most of the plot and circumstance for the serial murderer to pull this off? Difficult to beyond impossible of believability but very strange to motive on top of it. For me
Jul 15, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Quando leggo un libro giallo non cerco di capire chi è l'assassino è perché... se lo scoprissi anzitempo mi perderei il piacere della lettura e se non ci riuscissi mi sentirei un'idiota. Perciò ho smesso. L'ho fatto quando avevo tredici anni e la mia eroina era Nancy Drew. Allora ero assolutamente certa che da grande sarei diventata una detective, come lei. Però non avevo i capelli rossi e non ero americana, così accantonai presto i miei propositi investigativi, ma non la voglia leggere. Sopratt ...more
Jun 07, 2015 Maya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Първият случай на комисар Адамсберг в Париж е също толкова странен, колкото самия комисар. Странни са и хората, замесени в него, и разследващите, изобщо цялата галерия образи на Фред Варгас са сякаш подбрани от някой театър на абсурда. Дори любовната история е странна, не съвсем любовна и не съвсем история. На моменти странността на цялата книга дори излиза извън представите ми за правдоподобност. Но в устата на своите герои Варгас слага не просто разследването на криминален случай, а размислите ...more
Barbara Valotto
Apr 11, 2016 Barbara Valotto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
4 stelle e1/2 per una grande autrice! Dopo la trilogia dei tre evangelisti, davvero brava Fred Vargas, anche nella serie di Adamsberg!!
Marina Sofia
Feb 19, 2015 Marina Sofia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rereading
It's been a while since I read this book and I was trying to read it for Book Club from the perspective of someone coming new to Vargas. That's when I realised that my love for Vargas has a lot to do with familiarity, with having read her books for 7-8 years now, getting used to her eccentric characters and often preposterous story lines (yet her crimes always have rational explanations, rather than supernatural ones). This first book in the Adamsberg series strikes me as being harder for 'novic ...more
The Chalk Circle Man (1996) by Fred Vargas introduces readers to a new character, the quirky and thoroughly unorthodox Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg who has just recently been appointed to his post in Paris. Adamsberg doesn't do so well with the routine of policework so he lets his associate, Adrien Danglard, take care of that. The Commissaire prefers to ask (what seems to Danglard) off-the-wall questions and take long walks. Not to think things over, because he doesn't really call what he ...more
I've wanted to try Fred Vargas for a little while now as the stories, featuring Chief Inspector Adamsberg of the Paris police, seemed interesting. I found a copy of the first book and there you go, gave it a try. It definitely was interesting. I didn't particularly like the writing style, kind of reminded me of Cara Black's Murder in the Marais, just a bit all over the place. However, with that complaint out of the way, it did hold my interest and was an interesting plot; somebody making chalk c ...more
Feb 06, 2016 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I loved the introduction and was hooked, but then found the rest of the book didn't live up to the expectations I have about how a crime novel should work. In places I got very frustrated with the way Vargas was stretching the genre, possibly beyond the point it really works. Adamsberg is is not one to follow clues, he is almost the anti-detective. He turns up at crime scenes and interviews suspects as expected, but mostly he seems to wait until a hunch, intuition or general feeling about those ...more
Vargas, Fred. THE CHALK CIRCLE MAN. (1996; Eng. trans. 2009). ***. This is actually the first book by this author featuring her protagonist, detective Commissaire Adamsberg, although later novels appeared in translation. It is helpful to read this one first since it gives you a better idea of the personality of Adamsberg and his methods of working. I suspect that it was not issued first because it is rather difficult to follow Adamsberg’s method of thinking – although he doesn’t think in the nor ...more
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