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Wash This Blood Clean from My Hand (Commissaire Adamsberg #6)

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Between 1943 and 2003 nine people have been stabbed to death with a most unusual weapon: a trident. In each case, arrests were made, suspects confessed their crimes and were sentenced to life in prison. One slightly worrying detail: each presumed murderer lost consciousness during the night of the crime and has no recollection of it.

Commissaire Adamsberg is convinced all t
Published January 4th 2007 by Harvill Secker (first published 2004)
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This is Vargas "Québec" novel where she supposedly makes characters speaks in authentic "joual". Which might be funny for people who don't have any idea of what language people in Québec speak. One thing for sure it's not the language Vargas is using in her novel. That's the very very annoying part. All the French Canadian characters are caricatures or grotesque people. This is the weakest of the Adamsberg's novels I've read so far. The obsessed serial killer chase that began in Adamsberg's ...more
Jun 22, 2012 robxyz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished, on, 2010, 25, sep
Termino questo quarto episodio della serie Adamsberg con la sensazione confortante che Fred Vargas abbia fin qui ogni volta migliorato ed affinato la saga rispetto ai precedenti capitoli; ne parlavo poi con mia moglie, di quanto mi piacciano infinitamente di pi� le atmosfere francesi create sapientemente dall'autrice rispetto alle descizioni minuziose di gente come Deaver, Cornwell, Crichton; ecco, degli autori gialli da bestseller americani non apprezzo il dettaglio da autopsia, l'intrico delle ...more
Apr 13, 2013 David rated it liked it
To be honest, the plot for this book is so convoluted and far-fetched, that the murderer might as well be an alien, and Commissaire Adamsberg's evidence could only be used by a prosecutor in the form of contemporary dance. Serial killers in real life tend to be quite pathetic, lonely people with a grudge against a society which has rightfully snubbed them. In books and film, they're often handsome sinister geniuses, far cleverer than the everyday drones who's lives they snuff out. Vargas takes ...more
Jan 09, 2011 J rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fred Vargas, pseudonimo di Frédérique Audouin-Rouzeau, entra nel panorama letterario italiano in punta di piedi attraverso la collana “I Coralli” di Einaudi con “Io sono il tenebroso” nel 2000 (uscito in Francia nel ‘97). Da quel momento il destino della scrittrice francese in seno alla casa editrice di Torino è piuttosto movimentato. Il discreto successo del romanzo spinge Einaudi a pubblicare anche “Chi è morto alzi la mano” nel 2002 (‘95), “Parti in fretta e non tornare” nel 2004 (2001) e a ...more
Jan 14, 2013 Edward rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
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Jan 05, 2016 Erika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
J'avais lu deux des livres dans la série du commissaire Adamsberg et les ai beaucoup aimés. J'ai reçu ce livre en cadeau et j'avais hâte de le lire.

À noter avant de continuer : je suis anglophone et je vis au Québec depuis 15 ans, plus particulièrement près de la ville de Hull où l'histoire se passe. Mon mari est québécois, mes enfants aussi.

L'histoire en général est bonne. Là où ça se gâche, c'est le français québécois. C'est un désastre. Je ne peux pas croire que l'auteur n'aurait pas fait vér
May 17, 2013 William rated it really liked it
This is, I think, the fourth in the Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg series, and the best I have read so far, just ahead of the first one.

Vargas' plots are marvelously inventive, but sometimes get a bit too far-fetched. This book has the usual offbeat story line, but it is credible throughout, and combines a meticulous police procedural with an engagingly bizarre theme.

Vargas' characters this time are unusually well-drawn, especially Violette Retancourt, and depth and texture are added to Adamsberg's on
May 30, 2008 Craig rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I had a hard time getting into this - at first I thought something was getting lost in translation from the original French. But gradually I realized it wasn't the translation, but the storytelling structure - lots of seemingly indulgent sidebars, not a lot of action. Not your typical "American" crime fiction. Just over halfway through the book, I realized that I was enjoying the characters and their interactions so much that I wasn't overly concerned with the central mystery (which actually is ...more
Jul 19, 2012 aBeiLLe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
J'ai choisi de lire ce roman après le tordant billet de Karine:). J'avais ri à en pleurer en lisant son commentaire. Je trouve toujours très spécial la façon qu'on les "français" de traduire, ou d'interpréter nos bonnes vieilles expressions québécoise. Et là avec ce roman je suis ravie! Des expressions tout droit sorti du Classique Le Temps d'une paix! Je ne crois pas que l'auteur ait une connaissance approfondie du Québec d'aujourd'hui. Le choix des expressions et aussi des noms de ses ...more
Riccardo Avesani
Apr 14, 2014 Riccardo Avesani rated it it was amazing
Una vera e propria chicca questo romanzo per l'anti Patricia Cornwell per eccellenza. "Sotto i venti di Nettuno" è e probabilmente rimane, insieme a "Nei boschi eterni" e "Chi è morto alzi la mano", quanto di meglio la scrittrice francese è riuscita a produrre. Un meglio che si esplica non tanto nella costruzione della vicenda - Fred Vargas si colloca all'interno del giallo classico fatto di delitto, inestigazione e soluzione - quanto di tutto ciò che sta attorno alla vicenda. In primis, il ...more
Jon Frum
Nov 18, 2014 Jon Frum rated it really liked it
I have two Adamsberg books to go, and so far this is one of the two best. Vargas is certainly a good writer, and the overall shape of her stories is usually well done. This story takes her detective to Quebec and back, and continues the love story line found in earlier books. Personally, I favor the old 'no love interest' rule in detective mystery writing. I do understand that there is an audience for romance/relationship plot lines in detective/crime fiction, so for me, this series suffers, but ...more
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Lexie Conyngham
Jul 25, 2016 Lexie Conyngham rated it it was amazing
I loved this: a complex, interesting plot linking France and Canada, and a quirky hero with some unusual colleagues. He's occasionally a bit of a numpty but I found what was going on in his head very amusing, particularly the bits involving Strasbourg Cathedral - others may find it annoying, but there we are. I appreciated the translator's note on the differences between French French and Canadian French: I hope at some stage to read one of these in French but it seems to me that the translator ...more
Aug 02, 2012 ???!!! rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
I have to say its not a book easy to get into. Although Vargas is a great poetic writer the intensity of this book did not start until half way through the book. I was about to give up if not because I enjoyed the vivid characters. Vargas writing is like a fine wine, many textures, layers and subtleties. Her stories often have an air of mysticism, fairy tales and ghost stories. Sometimes it's hard to realize that the setting is current instead of times long forgotten.
Nadia Aubin-Horth
Très difficile à lire sans grincer des dents pour une québécoise. Une partie de l'histoire se passe au Québec et l'auteur a choisi d'inventer une langue québécoise qui n'existe pas. Ceci donne des dialogues que même une québécoise peine à comprendre. L'intrigue est intéressante si on réussit à s'y faire.
Jul 12, 2016 Milele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poésie et policier. I had to read very carefully because it's been a long while since I read a book with so much metaphor and slang in French. The book supported and rewarded such careful reading.
Dec 11, 2009 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Easily the worst book I have read in a decade, at least in terms of quality.
Ana SanMiguel
Muy buena nuevamente la compañía del inefable comisario Adamsberg. Seguiré con la saga.
Nov 07, 2016 Hazy rated it did not like it
'Josette,' sighed Adamsberg. 'I know you've broken into the files of the FBI. But you can't break into the files of life like you can into computers.'

This quote best represents what "Wash This Blood Clean from My Hand" ultimately is: a crappy genre novel with an air of pretension that is undeserved. Throughout the novel, Fred Vargas quotes Victor Hugo and Shakesphere, trying to make this book seem deeper than it actually is.

This book is stupid. The protagonist is stupid, the villain is stupid, t
Nov 12, 2016 Julie rated it liked it
While this book won't stop me from reading more of Vargas crime novels, it is one of the most disappointing in the series. For the first time, I feel that Vargas has "seriously lost the plot", for this book tends to ramble, saunter and stroll -- much like Adamsberg, in fact, who tends to like long walks. Unlike Adamsberg, however, there is no point to Vargas's rambles.

The dénouement, when it comes, is a real head scratcher. The motive for the murders is so bizarre that it beggars belief. The pl
Dec 22, 2012 Neva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Из архивите - рецензия за в. "Гласове". (Този път беше цяла страница за качествени кримки.)

Шерлок, Филип, Пепе и други прозорливи мъже

Брехт презирал криминалетата – виждали му се по-близки до кръстословиците, отколкото до белетристиката. А Бодлер лично превел на френски мрачните прозрения на Огюст Дюпен, литературното алтер его на Едгар Алан По. Някои твърдят, че жанрът възникнал в Китай през XVIII ("Три престъпни деяния, разкрити от съдията Ти") и стигнал до Европа през XIX век. Според други ев
Mar 06, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, european
Commissaire Adamsberg is a man with a profound belief in his own hunches. Whilst a lot of his squad are preparing for a DNA technology study trip to Quebec, Adamsberg is really distracted. Firstly, he's distracted because his right hand man, Danglard is quite convinced that they are all going to die in a fiery plane crash and Adamsberg is wearing the brunt of keeping him calm and getting him on the plane. But there's something else that's not right and finally it dawns on Adamsberg that a ...more
Nancy Oakes
(from 2011)

Adamsberg goes international, as he and a few of his colleagues are scheduled to go to Quebec to study the newest techniques in DNA science from the RCMP. He has a lot on his plate: the heat is broken at headquarters, Danglard is petrified of flying, certain that a flock of starlings will fly into the wing and bring the plane crashing down, and a young women has been savagely murdered in a way that Adamsberg knows well. It seems that as a teenager, his brother Raphael had fallen under
Oct 01, 2016 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Complicated but all the clues and images throughout the book all come together beautifully. Wonderful story
Aug 20, 2011 rabbitprincess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: police procedural fans who like quirky protagonists
Recommended to rabbitprincess by: The Times Online
* * * 1/2

Even though I didn't finish this book, I am still inclined to round my 3.5 star rating up instead of down. My not finishing is more because I was reading the original French, and it takes me forever to read French fiction, since that's my second language. It didn't have as much to do with the story itself -- just me reaching my saturation point.

As stated, I was reading this more for the second-language exposure and thought the mystery aspect would hold my attention more readily. And it
First Sentence: Leaning his shoulder against the dark basement wall, Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg stood contemplating the enormous central heating boiler which had suddenly stopped working, two days before.

Comm. Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg and seven of his officers are getting ready for forensics training in Quebec, Canada. A few days before they are to leave, Adamsberg sees a news story about a murder where the victim received three stab wounds to the stomach and the accused has no memory of committing
Characters are well drawn, story is OK although I'm wondering whether we need serial killers so much. The weakest of the series so far. Story is OK, but needs some suspension of belief, and the ending is, well, not what I expected. I'll read more on the series, though.
Aug 08, 2014 Ritja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: krimi, frankreich
Wer Fred Vargas kennt, weiß dass ihr Adamsberg nicht immer vor Charme und Sympathie strotzt und trotzdem lese und höre ich ihre Krimis gern, da sie immer wieder fesselnd sind.
Es geht bei Adamsberg nicht um große Actionszenen oder viel Blut und Gewalt, sondern eher um die Hintergründe. Warum eine Person zum Massenmörder wird. In diesem Fall ist es kompliziert, sehr kompliziert, denn die Morde sind eigentlich alle aufgeklärt und für jeden Mord gibt es einen Täter. Oder doch nicht? Als wieder ein
Questo stupendo giallo potrebbe piacere non solo agli amanti del commissario Adamsberg (per loro è imperdibile) ma anche agli appassionati dei thriller, perché è uno dei romanzi più "veloci" di Fred Vargas. Questa piccola accelerazione non influisce minimamente sullo stile. Come al solito fantastico. Si ha la sensazione di entrare in un altro mondo. O forse nella testa di Adamsberg. Sicuramente non ordinata in modo meticoloso ma piena di immagini ed associazioni di idee, come le teste di tutti ...more
Nov 01, 2013 Carolin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first encounter with commissaire Adamsberg and definitely one of the best books I've read in the last few months: The Parisian policeman faces a case, that is intertwined with Adamsberg's whole life, about a dead judge who seems to be the devil himself, Adamsberg's brother, who lives with guilt everyday and many murders that seem to be sprinkled randomly over whole France. When the commissaire reads about another murder that has all the same characteristics as the others before the ...more
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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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