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L'Armée furieuse (Commissaire Adamsberg #9)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  1,595 ratings  ·  230 reviews
Au cœur de la Brigade criminelle, le commissaire Adamsberg vaque à ses occupations. Même si Veyrenc, son ancien rival des Pyrénées, hésite encore à revenir, le reste de l’équipe évolue paisiblement : Rettancourt reste la grande « génératrice d’énergie », le chat dit « La Boule » dort toujours sur la photocopieuse, Danglard avec son verre de vin blanc développe un immense s ...more
Paperback, Chemins Nocturnes, 430 pages
Published May 18th 2011 by Viviane Hamy (first published 2010)
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Nancy Oakes
Jul 02, 2013 Nancy Oakes rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the series, people who like their crime on the lighter side
Super book, on the shortlist for this year's International Crime Dagger award.

as always, my overly-wordy self got the better of me, so if you want a longer version of this discussion, you can find it here -- otherwise, here's the shorter one:

As our hero Adamsberg is pondering the strange case of a man who killed his wife with breadcrumbs, a woman from Ordebec, a small town in Normandy, comes to him with an even stranger tale, prefaced with the words "People are going to die." He has to pry the
Stefania T.


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Son soddisfazioni.
La prima fase di "lettrice di gialli" l'ho trascorsa come una tonta a cercare di capire come funzionavano le cose nel quartiere.
Poi, fattami furba, ho capito che un buon sistema poteva essere quello di sospettare di tutto e tutti. E così indovinare con arguzia l'assassino, il cui nome doveva per forza essere nella lista (secondo il principio di omnicomprensività della parola 'tutti').
E poi finalmente, con la paura di fin
Jim Coughenour
As this latest book from Fred Vargas already has over 100 reviews, I'll only say that it's an excellent addition to the Adamsberg series. All the usual elements are there: the slight, persistent suggestion of supernatural forces, the likeable members of Adamsberg's team, each with his or her distinguishing quirk, a Gallic playfulness with words and themes, a solicitous love for animals (in this story a mistreated pigeon and a hound who loves sugar), and a genuine affection for its curious cast o ...more
Vargas continúa revisando las viejas leyendas populares europeas. Si antes fueron el hombre lobo y los vampiros, ahora le toca el turno al Ejército Furioso, la versión normanda de la gallega Santa Compaña. Adamsberg ni niega ni reafirma la creencia popular sino todo lo contrario pero, eso sí, termina por descubrir al responsable de los crímenes que investiga (se entrecruzan tres y hasta cuatro tramas en la novela): todos seres de carne y hueso. Muy recomendable, pero ya sabeis que yo soy fan de ...more
THE GHOST RIDERS OF ORDEBEC. (2013). Fred Vargas. **.
About two-thirds of the way through this most recent Commissaire Adamsberg mystery, I looked at myself (always keep a mirror handy) and said: “This is incredibly boring.” Although Vargas’s characterizations continue to delight, the plot line was getting more and more far-fetched. Some of the other clues (aside from looking at oneself) are flipping ahead to see how many pages are left in the current chapter and flipping to the end to see the to
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il fantasma della ripetitività.

…eppure ci sarebbero tutti i migliori ingredienti dei romanzi della Vargas con protagonista il Commissario Adamsberg: l’ambientazione in un villaggio francese (in Normandia, nella fattispecie), i caratteri della stralunata truppa parigina di Adamsberg, una vicenda che affonda le radici in un’antica leggenda con un sottofondo di soft horror (donde il titolo), lo stile un po’ straniante “à la Pennac”, ecc.

Eppure verso la metà – due terzi del romanzo ho cominciato a
I have never read any other Commissaire Adamsberg mysteries, though Goodreads tells me that this is the ninth (!) book in the series. I also have very, very little familiarity with the mystery genre. But I had loads of fun reading this book and I got rather attached to its weird cast of characters. At first glance they seem almost too eccentric: Adamsberg's crack team is made up of a narcoleptic, an intellectual who spontaneously comments on the situation in rhyming verse, an intellectual who's ...more
Dopo aver letto "Un luogo incerto" ho temuto una caduta di stile e lo sfacelo, e invece no.
Questo romanzo è risultato imprevedibile (il colpevole è rimasto ignoto fino allo svelamento finale) e divertente.
Tornano i personaggi a cui mi ero affezionata (Danglard, Veyrenc, Violette e il resto della squadra) e ce ne sono di nuovi altrettanto strambi, tra i quali Zerc.
Gli intrighi da dipanare sono molteplici questa volta, l'incendio a Parigi e gli omicidi in Normandia, anche se il vero mistero è solo
Този роман ми беше първа среща с авторката, но определено няма да е последна. Определението "криминален роман" трудно може да се приложи за тази необичайна книга - детективската линия в сюжета е последното, което има значение, когато става дума за главен герой като комисар Адамсберг. Героите на Варгас, както и ситуациите, в които са поставени, са странни, дори абсурдни, но са изградени с такова изящество, че човек, ако преодолее успешно първите 50-тина страници, после трудно се откъсва. Бавният, ...more
Liliana Pinto
Numa pacata e bela vila do Norte de França, Ordebec, existe uma lenda medieval. Essa lenda fala de um exército de mortos-vivos que anuncia a morte de pecadores. Esse é o Exército Furioso. E é com esta lenda que a aventura de Adamsberg.

Nunca tinha lido nada de Fred Vargas mas este livro deixou-me curioso. A escritora tem uma forma "engraçada" de escrever que em certos momentos cativa, mas que em outros chateia. Demorei mais de um mês (!!!!) a ler este livro por essa razão e é, também por isso, q
The combination of murder mystery and magical thinking is intriguing in Vargas's novels. The first I read, Wash This Blood Clean From My Hand, took place partly near my old stomping grounds of Ottawa, and around Pink Lake where I had many picnics and summer afternoons, as well as environmental field trips due to it's interesting ecology. The odd police commissaire Adamsberg, with his combination of sharp insightful police thinking and his flexible changing connections with both another world and ...more
First Sentence: A trail of tiny breadcrumbs led from the kitchen into the bedroom, as far as the spotless sheets where the old woman lay dead, her mouth open.

Comm. Adamsburg travels to Ordebec in response to a woman’s plea. Her daughter, Lina, has seen the Ghost Riders with four men. According to legend, this mean each of these men will meet a violent death. Adamsburg takes with him a young man he believes innocent of the murder for which he is accused, and his 18-year-old son, whom he recently
John Brooke
Sometimes it takes a while to get to the right place in order to appreciate the best things. Fred Vargas is an internationally acclaimed mystery writer. I have read three or four of the books in her Commissaire Adamsberg series, but I admit to having a problem enjoying the Vargas approach. Until now. With The Ghost Riders of Ordebec, the 9th book in the series, I finally understand how to connect with Fred.

I am attracted to Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg - his dreamy, logic-lazy sensibility, especially
Janette Fleming
When a terrified woman begs Commissaire Adamsberg for help with a murder that has not happened yet he is intrigued. Her daughter claims to have seen the ghostly hunt, lead by the Devil's helper Lord Hellequin. These spectral horsemen ride through Northern France collecting the souls of evildoers and any living person spotted riding with them is sure to die a horrific death soon after. With three local men identified among the riders, and one of them already missing, it is not long before the bod ...more
I'm always enjoying Vargas' mysteries although I like some of the Adamsberg books better than others. The Ghost Riders fell into the others category for me. I liked the mythical riders (sort of like the Wild Hunt but French-style) but the book felt too busy cramming in multiple murders that didn't really tie together all that well. In the beginning you have the wife-killing husband as a sort of aperitif, then you get a taste for the Ordebec mystery that is then derailed by the murder of a promin ...more
Natalia Pì
Cara, cara Fred Vargas. Se si ha bisogno di sfuggire dal mondo per qualche ora, basta rivolgersi a lei. Ennesimo libro bello, avvolgente, d'atmosfera, che questa volta si svolge tra Parigi e la Normandia. Tra i protagonisti, un piccione ferito, un giovane piromane, un capitano discendente di un alto papavero napoleonico e un cane flemmatico, più naturalmente Adamsberg e compagnia bella, tutti impegnati a combattere una schiera di fantasmi di cavalieri putrefatti a passeggio nei boschi normanni.

Over the past couple of decades, French author Fred Vargas (real name Frédérique Audoin-Rouzeau) has emerged as one of the leading international writers of crime fiction, thanks to her two sets of novels featuring, respectively, the reluctant amateur sleuths known as "The Three Evangelists" and Commissaire Adamsberg and his team of Paris detectives.

One may get an idea of Vargas's quirky style from the opening chapter of this 2011 Adamsberg novel, which could well work as a stand-alone short sto
Jon Frum
This is the last book in the Commissaire Adamsberg series, and I've now read the entire series. I like Vargas' writing, and I find myself wanting to like the books, but in each, there's at least one major flaw I just can't get past. Either the quirky characters become too quirky, or the plot devices run over the top and crash. In this book, for the second time in the series of nine, Vargas uses a fantasy/superstition to motivate the crimes. Now I grant that Vargas is also a professional historia ...more
Giorgio Corito
Adamsberg è una garanzia assoluta di azione ed introspezione. La sua squadra, i suoi sospettati ed anche … la sua famiglia vengono analizzati in modo silente ma preciso, considerando che la sua attività principale è quella di spalare nuvole. La gestione parallela di più indagini è fluida senza mai avere la necessità di "rileggere". Vargas stupisce sempre nella sua normale genialità di scrittura e contenuto.
Ellen Dunne
Dies ist ja angeblich schon der 9. Fall von Kommissar Adamsberg und seinem Team, aber der 1. Fall für mich. Ich hatte aber keinerlei Probleme, mich gleich ins Team einzufinden, die wirklich allesamt spezielle, etwas ausgeflippte und interessante Charaktere sind, über die ich gerne mehr erfahre und die abseits des Hauptfalles eine Menge Anekdoten und seltsame Begebenheiten erleben.
Auch stilistisch fand ich die Geschichte bemerkenswert und ich mochte den sehr feinen Humor.
Der gruselige Fall des "
The Crime Scene Scene
The Ghost Riders of Ordebec is the seventh novel in the Commissaire Adamsberg series by author Fred Vargas. A woman has been standing outside the police headquarters in blazing sunshine. She wishes to report the disappearance of a hated local after her daughter had visions of the legendary Ghost Riders, a band of vigilantes who rid the area of Orderbec of nefarious characters since the Middle Ages. Despite the case being outside his jurisdiction and dealing with a murder on his own patch Adamsbe ...more
Martine Foucard
Le problème c'est que je suis une inconditionnelle de Vargas, alors je ne suis plus très objective.
Bref j'ai adoré celui-ci, je trouve que le personnage d'Adamsberg s'étoffe de plus en plus, et j'aime ses obsessions et son irrationalité.
Et je n'avais pas deviné qui était le coupable avant la fin, ce qui pour moi est l'un des principaux critères pour dire si un polar est bon ou non :)
Always fun to read about Commissaire Adamsberg. I enjoyed the whole ensemble of characters, Paris, and the trip to the countryside of Normandy. The mysteries were secondary, as usual, since no logical problem-solving can be applied when Adamsberg is involved. Inventive, quirky and creative storytelling.
Vargas' books are always an enjoyable read - quirky with unexpected twists and delights for an avid crime genre lover. This one is definitely fun and the key characters are charming, but I think she sometimes gets overly caught up in her labyrinthine plot-making at the expense of subtlety.
Clarice Stasz
This was my second Vargas book. She is in great form here, taking the Commissaire out of Paris into a village with strange characters and stranger ideas. The story of the Ghost Riders provides the linkage for deaths across several centuries, and is eerie enough to distract the reader's imagination. She fooled me completely with regard to the solution to the Commissaire's mystery.

It's understandable why Vargas is so popular across many countries. She creates enjoyable, complicated plots, deempha
I picked up The Ghost Riders of Ordebec because it shared the Golden Dagger award with Pierre LeMaitre’s Alex a book I really enjoyed. Vargas’ novel is the latest in her Commissaire Adamsberg series, centred on a French policeman from the provinces who apparently has a Zen-like approach to investigations.

The book deals with two parallel investigations. The principal plot line kicks off when a woman from the Normandy village of Ordebec visits Adamsberg in Paris to seek his help with a mysterious
Fred Vargas Adamsberg mag man oder nicht. Etwas dazwischen wird es wohl nicht geben.
Ich habe mich mit den Büchern anfangs etwas schwer getan und bin dann deshalb gern auf die Hörbücher umgestiegen. Und genau hier hat es so richtig gefunkt. Adamsberg und seine ganz eigene Art sind als gesprochene Geschichte viel besser zum Vorschein gekommen als in gedruckter Form.

In "Die Nacht des Zorns" muss Adamsberg sich wieder einem Fall widmen, der eine ganze Familie betrifft. Anfangs zieht es sich ein wen
Like Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano and Hakan Nesser's Inspector Van Veetering, Fred Vargas' Commissaire Adamsberg is an off-the-wall detective investigating convoluted crimes, and somehow you believe in them. I don't know why or how. It's magic.
Est ce que je lis Vargas pour l'intrigue policière ??? vraisemblablement, non ! mais comme pour Simenon et son inspecteur Maigret, c'est une écriture très française d'atmosphère, de travers humains, de visions du monde et de lieux que je connais et surtout des histoires de vies qui basculent (la célèbre théorie de battement d'aile du papillon) ... Je n'aime pas ... J'ADORE

What is that I read Vargas for ? the detective story? Most probably, no! But as for Simenon and his Inspector Maigret, it is
Mar 15, 2014 ???!!! rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
Once you start to read Vargas's novel you will find yourself immersed in her world of mystism, legends, history expressed by her poetic narration. So far I have not come across any novels that feels like a historical but contemporary at the same time.

Once again Vargas proved that you don't need to be a detective who's either a workaholic, alcoholics, broken families, nor the opposite of being an ex- navy seal, ex-Marshall, could be as engaging, and captivating.

Exceptional writing, eccentric cha
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Fred Vargas is the pseudonym of the French historian, archaeologist and writer Frédérique Audoin-Rouzeau (often mistakenly spelled "Audouin-Rouzeau"). She is the daughter of Philippe Audoin(-Rouzeau), a surrealist writer who was close to André Breton, and the sister of the historian Stéphane Audoin-Rouzeau, a noted specialist of the First World War who inspired her the character of Lucien Devernoi ...more
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