An Uncertain Place (Commissaire Adamsberg #8)
When Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg, the chief of police in Paris's seventh arrondissement, is called to the scene of a ghastly and highly unusual murder, he thinks it can't have anything to do with the nine pairs of shoes and severed feet disco...more
In this volume, Inspector Adamsberg is sent to London to a conference along with Danglard and his encyclopaedic m...more
Adamsberg begins in London, attending a police conference with Sgt. Estalere and Comm. Danglard when they are directed to the gates of Highgate Cemetery. There, in front of the gate, are 17 shoes; 8 pairs and one single, removed from corpses, still containing their feet. It is a case Adamsberg is glad not to be theirs. Back in Paris, a horrific and unusual murder occurs in a suburban home. The case leads Adamsburg to Serbia, vampire l...more
In 2008 the fourth of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight books was published, completing the vampire renaissance, and ensuring that you couldn’t stroll through a bookshop without encountering a fanged predator lurking amongst the shelves. Not even the crime section was safe, for that was the year when Fred Vargas’ An uncertain place came out in France and brought us the prospect of commissaire Adamsberg as a latter-day Van Helsing, caught in the middle of a centuries-old feud between the blood-suckers a...more
I feel that I understand Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg and his unit at the Paris Serious Crime Squad much better after watching 'Spiral' on BBC3.
This is slightly more unusual for its theme of vampires though these vampires are a long way from the beings found in paranormal romance titles. These are Old World vampiri.
As always Vargas, who is an archaeologist and historian, does an excellent job in capturing a sense of place whether it is London's Highgate Cemetery or Paris as well as in thi...more
Divertente e pieno di spunti questo romanzo di Fred Vargas, il sesto della serie Adamsberg, se non sbaglio. Ho già notato nei precedenti episodi che la Vargas sembra dare il suo meglio quando il racconto sconfina, almeno in parte, dai supersfruttati (letterariamente) ambienti parigini...more
The story begins like any thriller : a gruesome murder. To be exact : nine victims, or at least their eighteen feet. Followed by a dismembered and smashed body. Something I can't deny is that it made me want to read more. The story goes on, full of traps, of potential suspects, and of dangers for Adamsberg.
The commissaire, true to himself, lives in the clouds and has a train of thoughts so...more
However, it somehow failed to hit the spot for me as a whole and I think it was the 'u...more
Trois étoiles seulement parce que j'ai été un peu...more
The story begins as Adamsberg leaves for a conference in London. His neighbour Lucio insists he helps a cat in distress before he goes. In London, Commandant Danglard is in his element as an anglophile. During a walk with a local DCI, they find themselves witness to a unique crime scene. Several pairs of shoes outside a cemetary, with feet still in them. This is disquieting, but not their case.
On return to Paris, Adamsberg's team i...more
I did not guess the murderer's identity but I wasn't trying very hard. All and all a satisfying...more
J?ai pass? un bon moment ? lire ce livre. Cependant, ce n?est pas le roman de Fred Vargas que j?ai pr?f?r?. Il y a toujours une part d??trange et de myst?rieux dans ses livres ce qui fait...more
Non ? uno di qui libri gialli dove si leggi l'inizio e si attende la fine..
Non ? uno di quei triller che sembrano confezionati per la televisione, tutti con la stessa struttura e con gli stessi passaggi emotivi.
la trama ? avvincente e in continua evoluzione. Il mistero e la suspance ci sono, ma soprattuto c'? la storia, ci sono i personagg...more
Une histoire de pieds dans des souliers trouvés à l’entrée du cimetière Highgate à Londres, et une histoire de meurtrier à Paris qui écrase et disperse le corps de s...more
Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg é personagem comum a Um Lugar Incerto e A Terceira Virgem, também editado pela Porto Editora. Somos remetidos para A Terceira Virgem, mas tal em nada influenc...more