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Have Mercy on Us All (Commissaire Adamsberg #4)

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In a small Parisian square, the ancient tradition of the town crier continues into modern times. The self-appointed crier, Joss Le Guern, reads out the daily news, snippets of gossip, and lately, ominous messages -- placed in his handmade wooden message box by an anonymous source -- that warn of an imminent onset of the bubonic plague.

Concerned, Le Guern brings the puzzl

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Paperback, 353 pages
Published November 8th 2005 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2001)
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Ksenia (vaenn)
Feb 26, 2017 Ksenia (vaenn) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Дивуюся, як це так вийшло, що я досі не читала Фред Варґас. Мабуть, чекала на український переклад, бо як детективний текст - це цілком моє. Хоча не мало би бути. Маю два улюблені типи детективів: або холоднуваті розлідування-балети, де кожен крок працює на формулу розв'язання логічної загадки, або вже галасливий світ-як-світ, для якого детективна складова лише частина повсякдення. "Мерщій тікай" у чистому вигляді не є ні тим, ні іншим, але має щось від обох типів.

Це доволі не_чесний детектив -
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Stefania T.
Dec 14, 2011 Stefania T. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lettore avvisato, mezzo salvato: preparatevi ad uno stucchevolissimo elogio.

La distanza fra Fred Vargas e la (mia personalissima) Idea di Perfezione è la strutturazione della trama nel suo elemento 'giallo': sì, d'accordo, Fred Vargas è una giallista e scrive, essendolo, romanzi...Gialli. Ma non è questo il punto.

Ma non doveva essere un elogio stucchevole? Certamente. Ho preferito anticipare l'unica, davvero l'unica, pagliuzza nell'occhio della divina Perfezione e, soprattutto, ho dovuto (sono s
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Jim Coughenour
Jul 12, 2007 Jim Coughenour rated it it was amazing
Fred Vargas is the nom de plume of French historian, archeologist and writer Frédérique Audouin-Rouzeau, author of my favorite policiers. Only four of her books have been translated into English so far; it's nice to know I have something to live for.

I have a passion for intricate, existentially-eviscerated crime fiction (especially of the Scandinavian variety), so it's with the fanaticism of the connoisseur that I acclaim Vargas as the best of the very best. These books (I've starred all of them
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Julie
Sep 19, 2016 Julie rated it really liked it
What a great find! (Thanks to Hannah for first reviewing, then recommending this book.) I wouldn't have come across this in a month of Sundays, as Fred Vargas isn't as popular on this side of the pond as she seemingly is on t'other side. What a shame.

I loved it from beginning to end and just gobbled it up in the last 24 hours. There is an archaic resonance to it which is particularly pleasing -- not necessarily in the plotline, but in the dialogue and the construction of it. I can't quite put m
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verbava
Jul 15, 2013 verbava rated it really liked it
Shelves: riddles
хороший, хоч і концептуально близький до "чоловіка, який малює сині кола" детективний сюжет з подвійним, навіть потрійним дном, та й сама історія чуми чого варта (а фред варгас розбирається, вона археолог та історик). може, фінал трошки overcrowded, але все одно добре вийшло.
ще приємно, що тут з'являються троє євангелістів із іншої серії, вкрай доречно й природно, бо що може бути логічніше, ніж звернутися по консультацію з середньовічних текстів про чуму до знайомого через треті руки медієвіста.
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Юля Вандзак
"Мерщій тікай і довго не вертайся" Фред Варгас
Виявляється є така професія як оголошувач новин, хтось читає оголошення, різні висловлювання, а люди стоять і черпають кожен для себе корисну інформацію. Деякі листівки доволі дивного змісту, зібравши їх разом комісар і Декамбре зрозуміли, що хтось цитує книгу в якій описано про страшну епідемію Чуми. З появою дивних листівок в місті на дверях будинків з’являються дивні 4ки, хтось вбиває людей, підлаштовуючи все так, ніби вони померли від чуми. Невже
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Roozbeh Estifaee
فرد وارگاس را در ایران نمیشناختهایم. او تاریخدان و باستانشناسی فرانسوی است که داستانهای معمایی و جنایی هم مینویسد. این اولین ترجمه از داستانهای اوست، و چهارمین کتابش است که کمیسر آدامسبرگ در آن ظاهر شده است. ژان باپتیست آدامسبرگ، کارآگاه اصلی و تکرار شونده فرد وارگاس، بازرس پلیس پاریس است. مردی میانسال است که تنها زندگی میکند و البته معشوقهای هم دارد که گاهی او را میبیند. آدامسبرگ کارآگاه هیچ شیوه عملی خاصی برای کارش ندارد و صرفا خودش را در جریان ماجرایی که دنبال آن است قرار میدهد.
«زود برو، دیر
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André Caniato
Jan 18, 2017 André Caniato rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to André by: Joana Diniz
Shelves: personal-library
Não sou acostumado a romances policiais, li pouquíssimos, e é o tipo de livro cuja leitura me enche de preguiça, por mais que tenha gostado das experiências; esta é a opinião de um leigo, portanto. Por sorte, o leigo aqui gostou bastante de Fuja logo e demore para voltar, esse livro de título maravilhoso que me tomou quase três meses. FINALMENTE, JOANA.

Acho que posso comentar, de cara, sobre como os personagens são cativantes, e é notável o cuidado da autora para nos apresentar cada um deles: o
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Danilo De rossi
Jun 29, 2016 Danilo De rossi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terzo romanzo della serie con protagonista Adamsberg e, finora, il più convincente. È indubbia l'eleganza della scrittura della Vargas, così come la preparazione che sta dietro ogni suo libro. Ho trovato molto interessante il richiamo della Peste, in particolare tutte quelle informazioni che l'autrice fornisce e che raramente si trovano nei manuali di storia. Davvero una lettura piacevole e coinvolgente.
Camille
Oct 20, 2016 Camille rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Je n'ai pas deviné le coupable, mais le coupable était indevinable.
*Rigel
{ NB : Se vuoi leggere l'articolo completo su Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg clicca qui: L'Indagatore del Mondo che Fluttua. Grazie :) }
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«1996. Francia, Parigi: la culla dei sognatori senza speranza. Parigi, la città di pietra, in grado di restituire il mondo minerale a chi ha trascorso la sua vita sulle montagne. Parigi, la città delle luci, con la sua bellezza imperitura, la sua arte e i suoi boulevard interminabili, pervasa dal profumo di pane fresco, di carta e di fumo.»

«[...]Osservando Jean
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Jane
Mar 11, 2014 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: policier
Je me lance pour la première fois dans la lecture d'un Vargas, sur les conseils de quelques amies... En effet, je ne me doutais pas que cette auteure était si célèbre et si connue pour ses personnages farfelus ! En faisant quelques recherches sur le livre, j'ai pu découvrir tout cela, et avoir encore plus envie de me lancer dans la lecture de ce livre. J'ai lu quelques avis ayant étayé ma curiosité, et j'ai fini par me lancer. Le roman policier, ce n'est pas quelque chose que je lis tous les jou ...more
Roger Brunyate
May 31, 2016 Roger Brunyate rated it liked it
Overcomplex Mystery in a Magnificent Translation

Fred Vargas is the pseudonym of the French historian, archaeologist and writer Frédérique Audoin-Rouzeau. Think Umberto Eco, only younger, French, and female. But definitely an academic with a fascination for language and the ways in which distant history can impinge upon present-day events. In this case, the historical legacy is the Plague, a.k.a the Black Death. It appears that some madman is loose in Paris aiming to spread the disease by means o
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Maša
Feb 13, 2017 Maša rated it liked it
A case for newly appointed chief commissaire Adamsberg! And what a start, with the plague back and all... and even The Three Evangelists appear! What a day, what a lovely day...

The good: I am a sucker for character-driven books so Vargas's books are right up my alley. If you are looking for a mystery, this may not be for you, but if you are willing to get lost among quirky, interesting characters, then dive right in.

The bad: Well, that being said, there was a bit too many characters. While it w
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Anna
Aug 05, 2012 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Harry Bosch, Harry Hole, and Montalbano
Shelves: bookcrossing, 2012
A fabulous new detective for me, Chief Inspector Adamsberg from Paris. Yes, I'm a police procedural/crime/thriller junkie who is doing her crime around the globe tour in books. This book, and the detective, and the other characters are delicious; it's like making a new discovery. Take your usual flawed detective character, but make him not flawed because of alcohol, and make him French... stir in a few dozens of other delicious characters, all with a French (I guess?) sense of humor, add a bizar ...more
Reinhold
Dec 06, 2008 Reinhold rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
In Paris kommt das Grauen mit lautstarker Vorankündigung - Joss, ein ehemaliger Seemann, hat den Beruf seines Urgroßvaters ergriffen und wurde zu einem Ausrufer, der für fünf Franc Nachrichten die man ihm in eine Box wirft auf einem Platz verkündet. In letzter Zeit finden sich darunter altfranzösische und lateinische Texte, die weder Joss noch sein Hausherr, der ehemalige Lehrer Decambrais, zuordnen können. Erst als noch einige weitere Umstände offenbar werden, verstehen die beiden vor allem abe ...more
Diane
Mar 28, 2013 Diane rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
I really enjoyed this mystery. Vargas does a wonderful job of creating an atmosphere and story well before Adamsberg is involved. The people in the Boulevard Edgar-Quinet are so well-drawn and feel so fully dimensional that one is almost let down when Adamsberg makes his appearance. I just felt like I was ready to move into this neighborhood with its town crier extraordinaire. This tale of murder, deception and a new wave of plague is a compelling and -dare I say - fun read. Given her day job, i ...more
Jessica
Feb 17, 2009 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Superb police procedural set in Paris and featuring Chief Inspector Adamsberg, blessed with off-kilter handsomeness, a complete lack of sartorial interest, and an innovative system for remembering names.

An odd backwards-4 symbol begins appearing painted on Paris apartment doors, and a neighborhood town crier (with a criminal past) begins receiving mysterious messages about a coming plague. Soon after, strangled, blackened bodies begin to appear behind unmarked doors, and Adamsberg fears that som
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Elizabeth
Aug 20, 2008 Elizabeth added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Ann Swinney
This was a book group book. No, the book group did not read it in French, that was just me adding an extra level of challenge, and as a result it was the Only Book I Read This Summer. But, comparing it occasionally with the English translation, I feel it is fair to say it is a much better book in French. The characters are wonderful and quirky, the writing is gritty and lyrical all at once (the rhythm of the converstions appealed to me). The book group pointed out that a lot of the plot was pate ...more
AC
Apr 07, 2012 AC marked it as books-i-don-t-quite-seem-to-get
Shelves: crime-mystery
The main character is a sailor from Breton who, presumably, speaks in a Breton dialect. So the translator, genius that he is, decided that the way to translate this is to make him sound like a lower-class british sailor 'heave-ho, on yer arse, mate... oh, lordy, lordy!' from Liverpool (or whatever).

I can't deal with this shit... life's too short. I've lost confidence in ole' Fred.
John
Oct 10, 2014 John rated it liked it
I didn't like this one as much as the first. I'd read more of the series, but with limited interest. One comment on this one is that I couldn't suspend disbelief regarding a 12 year old from the slums of Detroit emigrating to Paris alone!
Aberlowitz
Mar 04, 2009 Aberlowitz rated it really liked it
This wonderful French mystery novel merges the modern and medieval in truly unique and surprising ways.
Amber
Aug 28, 2015 Amber rated it really liked it
Loved the setting and unique premise.
Veronique
Nov 20, 2016 Veronique rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
I read this book in French and it is well written with a lot of nautical terminology at the beginning, so I assume the writer is doing serious research when writing her books. We also learn interesting facts about the plague. It is a classic murder/detective story, and if you are into that, I definitively recommend it. Personally, I like it better when it is more psychological, it then gives a certain depth to the characters and the novel.
Ann Tonks
Mar 13, 2017 Ann Tonks rated it really liked it
I just love the range of quirky character's in Vargas's books. They are always painted with such care and richness. Nothing stereotypical about them. Mind you, I'm not so sure I actual "like" Adamsberg but I like his investigations and this one, with lots of history about the plague, was engaging.
Kathleen Daly
Oct 18, 2016 Kathleen Daly rated it really liked it
Definatly a little harder to hang into this one. But I did and it was worth it. Surprisingly I didn't get who it was before the end and so that says a lot for me for it. It was scary because it's about plague coming back, and so many characters so brilliantly outlined and defined that you want to know them so you can talk to them. I'm beginning to get a handle on his quirkiness or she's written it so well I'm patting myself on the back for understanding him when it's really about the crumbs she' ...more
Michele
Mar 07, 2017 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
one of the best in the series
Viraphone
Après mon précédent Vargas, j'ai mis un moment avant d'enfin attaquer celui-ci (presque un an et demi apparemment). Pour être honnête, la seule raison pour laquelle j'ai autant traîné, c'est parce que je voyais que c'était un de la série Adamsberg, et que j'avais plutôt moyennement aimé les précédents. Mais au final, je pense que ça m'a permis de prendre du recul par rapport au personnage et de mieux apprécier à sa juste valeur ce livre qui, vous l'aurez remarqué, j'ai noté à 4 étoiles (donc une ...more
Barbara The MarSienne
Mon deuxième Fred Vargas après "Dans les bois éternels ".
J'ai aimé retrouvé le commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg dans une histoire folle de peste. Le livre est bien rythmé et nous intrigue très rapidement. J'ai apprécié me plonger dans l'ambiance de la place Edgar-Quinet où un Crieur gagne sa vie en criant des annonces de toute sorte. Des annonces spéciales sortent du lot et des 4 apparaissent sur les portes des immeubles... S'en suit des meurtres mis en scène de façon étrange. Un mystère à ré
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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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Commissaire Adamsberg (10 books)
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  • Seeking Whom He May Devour (Commissaire Adamsberg, #2)
  • Les quatre fleuves (Commissaire Adamsberg, #3)
  • Coule la Seine (Commissaire Adamsberg, #5)
  • Wash This Blood Clean from My Hand (Commissaire Adamsberg, #6)
  • Dans les bois éternels (Commissaire Adamsberg, #7)
  • Un lieu incertain (Commissaire Adamsberg, #8)
  • The Ghost Riders of Ordebec (Commissaire Adamsberg, #9)
  • Temps glaciaires (Commissaire Adamsberg #10)

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