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Pars vite et reviens tard (Commissaire Adamsberg #4)

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Ce sont des signes étranges, tracés à la peinture noire sur des portes d'appartements, dans des immeubles situés d'un bout à l'autre de Paris.
Une sorte de grand 4 inversé, muni de deux barres sur la branche basse. En dessous, trois lettres : CTL. A première vue, on pourrait croire à l'œuvre d'un tagueur. Le commissaire Adamsberg, lui, y décèle une menace sourde, un relent
Paperback, 346 pages
Published October 6th 2005 by J'ai lu (first published 2001)
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Stefania T.
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
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
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
{ NB : Se vuoi leggere l'articolo completo su Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg clicca qui: L'Indagatore del Mondo che Fluttua. Grazie :) }

«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
Aug 05, 2012 Anna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Harry Bosch, Harry Hole, and Montalbano
Shelves: 2012, bookcrossing
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
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
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
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.
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
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!
Commissaire Adamsburg is after a serial killer who is imitating a series of events which occurred during the Black Plague. Houses in Paris are showing up with backwards number 4's on their doors... meaning they are protected from the Plague. But are they? And now there are thousands of doors painted that way. Who is doing this? The murders are done to people who have been singled out for death, but why? What has this got to do with the Plague? There is a character who reads the news in public as ...more
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
Apr 07, 2012 AC marked it as books-i-don-t-quite-seem-to-get  ·  review of another edition
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.
I do like Vargas. This is the second of hers I've read and it is nice to have a series of crime novels I know I will enjoy "in my pocket", so to speak, for when one really needs a crime novel. Detective Adamsberg is back, this time investigating a possible deliberate outbreak of the Black Death. His wonderful offsider Danglard is also there, with his own brand of intellect to complement and offset Adamsberg's. One complaint would be that Adamsberg's true love, Camille, is a bit flat - especially ...more
Another enjoyable installment by Vargas of the eccentric Inspector Adamsberg. Having read this series out of order, it is interesting to note how she had developed him over time. As with all of the Adamsberg books, Vargas not only introduces us to the cast of characters that comprise the serious crimes squad but also supplies an intriguing motley crew of "castaways" banding together daily to listen to a modern day town crier who becomes the vehicle for announcing another potential occurrence of ...more
This wonderful French mystery novel merges the modern and medieval in truly unique and surprising ways.
Steph Gravell
I picked this one off of Dad's crime filled bookcase as it looked more intriguing than many of the others. I am glad I did, I loved the majority of the characters and the historical aspects concerning the plague. When I was totally hooked it lost a little something... The beginning of the revalation seems a little far fetched to me (just call Adamsberg wonder cop) and Camille the love interest/part continuous distraction towards the end is unnecessary.

That said, when I fancy a random crime thril
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
How to can you not like a detective who supervises 26 other homicide flics and needs to use mnemonics such as acne, prognathous, solicitude, Marcel to associate names with faces, and who indulges in self-examination along the lines of "You think you're a million miles away from the likes of Favre, and when occasion arises, there you are puddling about in the same pigsty." I won't provide any hints as to the nature of Favre because you should read the book. It's that good.

Chief Inspector Adamsbe
Kelanth, numquam risit ubi dracones vivunt
Ecco nuovamente una nuova avventura di Adamsberg, la terza in ordine cronologico (se volete avventurarvi nella lettura di tutta la serie vin consiglio caldamente l'uso di Wikipedia) che si trova a dover fronteggiare nientemeno che la peste nel ventesimo secolo e proprio a Parigi.

Una persona anziana che sembra allevare topi nella sua abitazione per poi prenderne le pulci e affidarle ad un uomo che andrà in giro per il mondo a spargere la peste, un vero untore dei giorni nostri, il tutto preannun
Chief Inspector Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg is puzzled by some reverse 4s appearing on the doors of some apartments in Paris and when 2 men bring him a series of cryptic notes left for the town crier, notes written in text out from different centuries, he is flummoxed but not alarmed..... that is, until the first murder takes place, and the murderer makes it look as it the Black Plague has struck in Paris once more.

From the first murder, things start escalating. More bodies are found with nothing se
Rob Kitchin
Have Mercy on Us All is a curious book. At one level it is a highly enjoyable read that rattles along at good pace, with colourful characterisation and an interesting plot. On another, the dialogue is weak (quite possibly a translation issue), some of the police procedural elements and plot are simply not credible, and Adamsberg, whilst an engaging character, is difficult to imagine as a cop in charge of a busy murder squad, whose antics border on Clouseau territory at times. For example, Paris ...more
Nancy Oakes
Have Mercy On Us All is book number three in the delightful series by Fred Vargas. Although this one has an interesting (although somewhat farfetched) mystery at its core, it really stands out because of the crazy cast of eccentric characters that populate its pages.

One such character is Joss Le Guern, whose current vocation is town crier in the square at the intersection of Boulevard Edgar-Quinet and Rue Delambre in Paris. For a mere 5 francs, anyone can drop a message about anything they want
RATING: 4.25
PROTAGONIST: Chief Inspector Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg
SETTING: Paris, France
SERIES: first English translation of this series

Joss LeGuern has had a vision from his grandfather which directs him to establish himself as a town crier in a plaza in Paris. Seemingly a profession that no longer exists, LeGuern succeeds at building an audience with his thrice daily proclamations. The public submits messages to be read by Joss along with a small fee. Some are advertising things for sale; others
This is the third Adamsberg novel by Vargas, and while considerably better than the second, I still find the initial one the strongest. Nevertheless, it's an excellent read.

I am impressed by Vargas' inventive plots. There is an air of absurdity about the central issue in each of the first three books, paradoxically, a serious one. The first was about victims found within circles chalked on the Paris pavement, and the second (while in no sense of the horror/vampire genre), werewolves. The theme t
Semplicemente geniale! è il terzo libro della Vargas che leggo, ma il primo con Adamsberg. Già mi dispiaceva non ritrovare le simpatiche figure dei 4 evangelisti (che piacevolmente entrano in scena ognitanto anche qui) che ecco che Adamsberg si impone nella mia mente, ai miei occhi scalzando san luca e company. Ed ecco che sono andata in libreria e ho comprato tutti i libri di vargas disponibili al momento...
Questo è irresistibile, il banditore è irresistibile e l'incipit è irresistibile, con qu
Sep 30, 2011 Inkmyname rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves a casual policier with a slice-of-life element to it
Interesting premise for a policier. I haven't read the other books in the series, so my interpretation of certain characters might be totally off the mark. I'll stick to the technical details:

The dialogue is fun, spare, with little or no tags, and flows naturally, staying true to the characters' personalities. The author seems to prefer brevity - sentences are short, but imbued with a witty humour that keeps things interesting. The characters are interesting, too - they all have their own storie
In this, the third (or fourth, depending on whether you include The Four Rivers) of the Adamsberg series, talismans against the plague begin to appear on the doorways of apartments in Paris. And a man making a living as the town crier in the 14th arondissement (and yes, in the novel it is all made plausible) begins to receive strange missives, incomprehensible at first, but eventually deciphered as omens of the Black Death.

OK - it's hard to describe this novel without it seeming a bit far-fetche
Ogni volta che rileggo un Fred Vargas mi domando come sia possibile che qualcuno non apprezzi questa
scrittrice : e poi mi dico " de gustibus" ...
ok, io per prima ho sempre guardato con po' di diffidenza la letteratura francese (da buona anglista)
ma per Vargas (e per M.Pennac prima di lei) devo aprire un enorme capitolo a parte.
Una scrittura asciutta, sobria ma accattivante, un incalzare di pensieri sensazioni eventi piccoli
e grandi una descrizione dei luoghi mirabile quanto precisa e sintet
Marsali Taylor
Half a chapter into a Fred Vargas, and I feel like giving up any attempt to write detective stories. She just pulls you in from the first chapter, and sweeps you along. This one, for example, starts out with a rather drunk Breton ex-fisherman having a conversation with his late great-grandfather. Other characters include a bar-owner who believes he's a descendant of Thor. As for her detective team, the dreamy Adamsberg who goes by intuition is a wonderful contrast to the erudite Danglard, and he ...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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  • Seeking Whom He May Devour (Commissaire Adamsberg, #2)
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  • Coule la Seine (Commissaire Adamsberg, #5)
  • Wash This Blood Clean from My Hand (Commissaire Adamsberg, #6)
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