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L'homme à l'envers (Commissaire Adamsberg #2)

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« Victor, mauvais sort, que fais-tu dehors ? »
Depuis quatre mois, cette phrase accompagne des cercles bleus qui surgissent la nuit, tracés à la craie sur les trottoirs de Paris. Au centre de ces cercles, prisonniers, un débris, un déchet, un objet perdu trombone, bougie, pince à épiler, patte de pigeon...
Le phénomène fait les délices des journalistes et de quelques psychia
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 2006 by Magnard (first published April 18th 1999)
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Nancy Oakes
Seeking Whom He May Devour is book number two in Fred Vargas' series featuring Commissaire Adamsberg of the French police nationale, following The Chalk-Circle Man. In 2005, it was nominated for the CWA Gold Dagger Award. This novel is another one which I'd label as "crime light," and actually reminds me a great deal of Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano series. There are a host of quirky characters, a bit of humor, a chief inspector who isn't anywhere close to what one would consider norma ...more
Saint Victor, dans le Mercantour : des brebis, du vin blanc, des bergers, des randonneurs, des loups en situation de réintroduction, des mecs qui observent à la jumelle les loups en situation de réintroduction ; lorsque... tout à coup ! Un loup, un énorme loup, aux crocs grands comme ma main, commence à semer la pagaille dans les troupeaux de brebis, et en égorge une dizaine à droite et à gauche. Sur fond de tradition évidemment littéraire (Vigny, Giono, le Petit Chaperon rouge, et tout le trala ...more
Apr 03, 2009 Trin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, french-lit
Dull dull dull mystery about a female film editor/plumber and two local sheep farmers/eccentrics pursuing a murderous “werewolf” across the French countryside. The werewolf’s on foot, and the three of them are in a rickety old truck repurposed from transporting sheep, so the chase is about as high-speed and exciting as being stuck behind a farm vehicle on a narrow road. I just did not get this book at all. The characters had all these weird traits—one of the shepherds is obsessed with definition ...more
Peter Dickinson
Apr 15, 2012 Peter Dickinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
If you were to put a gun to my head and demand that I explain exactly why I like this book or you will blow my brains out - I would have to make it through the rest of my life with a large empty space in my cranium.

Situation normal there.

I do not know why I liked SWHMD so much. Or even why I bought it. I think it was a combination of the blurb on the back cover and the atmospheric title. I seem to remember thinking that it sounded like a Hammer Horror inspired yarn and saying to myself, "Cool!".
Non esaltante, ma sicuramente ancora molto gradevole questa prova della Vargas, che tenta di coniugare il suo personale universo narrativo con trame gialle più classiche (questo "lupo" rammenta molto il "mastino" di Sherlock Holmes).

Prima dello "scivolone" che ha fatto col suo ultimo romanzo in ordine cronologico ("Un luogo incerto"), ritroviamo qui i personaggi che l'hanno fatta amare da tutti i suoi affezionati lettori, personaggi che non sono reali, in verità, ma che coinvolgono e rassicurano
First Sentence: On Tuesday, four sheep were killed at Ventebrune in the French Alps.

Camille is a composer and plumber living in a small French Alp village where sheep are being killer by an unseen beast. The murder of a townswoman raises suspicion of a werewolf. Residents begin to suspect Massart, a loner who came to the area 20 year ago and has now disappeared. The woman’s adopted son and an old shepherd convince Camille to be their driver as they search for Massat. When they find the search im
Feb 27, 2016 Clarabel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-killer
Fred Vargas nous concocte une histoire de loup-garou comme il est rarement permis d'en goûter ! C'est divin. Insolite, mais divin. On y retrouve nos personnages fétiches, avec coup de projecteur sur la Petite Chérie, qui se croit libérée de l'emprise d'Adamsberg, lequel apparaît seulement sur la pointe des pieds, mais son ombre pèse lourd et donne aux nouveaux compagnons de voyage de la jeune femme l'occasion de froncer des sourcils.

Du moins, ce serait avoir de la peau de saucisson sur les yeux
Tracey Mathias
Aug 30, 2012 Tracey Mathias rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked a lot of things about this book. Eccentric and well drawn characters, marvellous sense of place, the ancient menace of wolves / wolf men made modern. Wasn't sure about the translation though. I think it was trying to keep a French idiom but it just ended up sounding a bit clunky and awkward (eg frequent use of old chap: I guess as a translation of mon vieux, but the overtones in English are just wrong...) There's a wonderful description of the policeman's instinctive, free, creati ...more
Jun 27, 2014 ???!!! rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I'm a little disappointed reading this book from one of my favorite authors. This one doesn't quite fit into her usual writing style. Perhaps Vargas wanted to try something different, using one of her previous sub characters as the leading character through out the better half of the book. Hence, for me , couldn't bring myself into the the story, a little into farce really. I couldn't really finish the book. This is my fifths Adamsburg series. I didn't read them in sequence. With the previous fo ...more
Jul 22, 2015 Elisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Non capisco chi si ostina a valutare i libri della Vargas come se fossero dei gialli convenzionali. Sono uno studio di caratteri e a mio parere sono perfettamente riusciti.
Quando ho il blocco del lettore mi rivolgo a lei e funziona sempre, per questo centellino i suoi romanzi. Vorrei che non finissero mai.
In particolare ho amato l'ambientazione de "L'uomo a rovescio", affascinante forse anche più della solita Parigi.
Jun 17, 2016 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
Encore une lecture très agréable de Fred Vargas, dans laquelle le dictionnaire tient une grande place :
"- Destin, dit-il, "Eventualités, rencontres. Hasard, circonstance qui fait trouver, fortuitement ou non, une personne ou une chose."
"Les paysages à vous couper le souffle sont très gênants pour la pensée. On est obligé de s'occuper d'eux, on n'ose pas s'asseoir dessus sans un minimum d'égards".
Danilo De rossi
Libro altalenante, in cui il dinamismo e la fluidità di alcune parti, vengono spesso interrotte da punti statici e alquanto noiosi. Che la Vargas abbia una propria cifra stilistica è indubbio ma, in questo caso, la maestria e la sicurezza del suo stile vengono messi al servizio di una trama piatta e, per certi versi, prevedibile. Chi sia il colpevole lo si capisce dalle prime battute, ma la risoluzione completa del caso è impossibile da prevedere. Come al solito l'autrice sviluppa una trama che ...more
Feb 25, 2016 J. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second Vargas novel I've read now, and this one doesn't quite reach the brittle, vaguely wifty heights of An Uncertain Place, a later excursion in the same series, with Commissaire Adamsberg, her lead dectective.

This one is clearly a station on the way to that, though, and is much more interested in character and exposition, which is probably only natural. Vargas is interested in implausibilities and random contortions ... which is something very central, if non-intuitive, for a genre that relie
Kasa Cotugno
Fred Vargas' "Have Mercy on us All" got me hooked on her Columbo-esque detective, Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg. This outing concentrates more with his sometime lover, Camille, who we catch up with in the sheeprearing country of les Alpes de Haute Provence. She has joined her new partner, a Canadian filming a documentary on wolves that have made their way out of the wild and are presumed to be savaging the sheep population, but when humans start dying, superstitions are raised that a werewolf is respo ...more
Nov 14, 2010 Sonia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
E' diverso.
Per chi come me ha già letto Chi è morto alzi la mano, Io sono il tenebroso, Parti in fretta e non tornare, Sotto i venti di nettuno, L'uomo dei cerchi azzurri (insomma per chi ha già letto quasi tutta Vargas) si trova davanti ad una storia diversa.
Protagonista è il giallo.
Protagonista è Camille.
Una svolta! Il giallo finora con i suoi colpi di scena era stato un "pretesto" per parlarci dei suoi personaggi, ma ora invece è lo sfondo della storia, è tutta la storia.
E Camille non ce
Dec 09, 2012 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why the image is of a different book. I am reviewing "Seeking Whom He Mat Devour."

Which is terrific. Fred Vargas is a woman, incidentally.

In the southeast corner of France sheep are getting attacked by some kind of monstrous wolf. The villagers get it into their heads that the responsible party is a) not just any old wolf, but a werewolf and b) the lycanthrope is a local weirdo who lives alone way the hell up in the mountains and works in the local slaughterhouse.

So Camille and Sol
Jan 10, 2016 Mellejoliemome rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
un grand vargas. sur fond d enquête dans les alpes concernant des attaques de brebis puis de loups , on dexouvre surtout un peu plus la personnalité de camille. je conseille d ailleurs de lire les romans de fred vargas dans l ordee chronologique car au delà des enquêtes finement menées et inattendues c est surtout les personnages qui font des ses romans d excellents romans. je conseille vivement.
Yi Kai Lim
This book was chosen by our French lecturer as a roman policier for our French class. I started off reading it in French but the reading experience was absolutely horrible and unpleasant that I went off and purchased the English translation to be able to read it quickly. However even with the English version of the book I still didn't enjoy the book. The storyline was mundane and dull. The characters were flat and disengaging. The writing was acceptable but there were too many irrelevant sentenc ...more
This is an atypical detective story with an atypical detective. The crime-related plot is unexpected enough, probably even a bit too complex to be realistic, but I enjoyed this book for the beauty of writing and intricate portrayal of its unique characters -- not something you would normally expect from a mystery novel, but it's what makes Fred Vargas's books stand out from the crowd. If you're only after a hard-boiled action, get another book.
Mar 10, 2013 V rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Cuối cùng cũng đã đọc quyển còn lại trong số 3 tập của serie đã được dịch ở Việt Nam (và tiếp tục hóng về phía NN chờ những quyển tiếp theo). Cốt truyện khá thú vị, cũng có chút kịch tính, nhân vật vẫn vậy, được thể hiện đa dạng và có cá tính riêng. Tuy nhiên nửa sau khá là dễ đoán, một số ý còn hơi lỏng lẻo và từ lúc "chàng" (Adamsberg :'') ) xuất hiện chính thức trong vụ án thì tốc độ được đẩy đi khá vội (nhưng mà mình mong mãi :'') ). Mình thích yếu tố tình cảm trong tập này hơn 2 quyển trước ...more
Apr 18, 2008 Sean rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sean by: Cecily
I wouldn't envy any translator the job of rendering Vargas's heavily idiosyncratic language in English, but I still cannot get behind the choices David Bellos made here. The playfulness of the French has become a stilted, embarrassing mishmash that retains none of the original musicality and tone. Unfortunately, the story is not this novel's strong point, and both the characterization and the characters' unique voices are wrecked by the translation, so there's really no reason to read this in En ...more
Secondo libro che leggo della Vargas con il commissario Adamsberg come protagonista. La storia anche in questo caso si compone di una trama principale (una serie di uccisioni di lupi e umani) nel Mercantour - regione appena al di la del confine italiano - e una secondaria (a Parigi il commissario perseguitato da una ragazza che vuole vendicarsi a pistolettate). Complice la presenza nella regione alpina di una vecchia fiamma del commissario le due storie si uniranno. Il responsabile dell'eccidio ...more
Andrew Logan
Apr 29, 2016 Andrew Logan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I suspect that anyone's enjoyment of this book will largely depend on what they want from a mystery / detective story.
Because it seems well written and pretty well translated, it is the inherent qualities of the book that are going to matter.
If you want plot. Interesting stuff happening and deciding what is going on and why on the basis of the things told to you in the story, I think you would like this. Lots of interesting stuff happens.
But if you want characters with motivations that you can
Russell Atkinson
It's a bit difficult rating this book because it's a translation from the French. I'm not sure whether the weaknesses are primarily those of the author or the translator. Ultimately, the book didn't work for me. It's promoted as an Inspector Adamsberg mystery, but he doesn't make a substantial appearance until two-thirds of the way through the book. The main character is Camille, his erstwhile lover, who is shacked up with a tall, handsome Canadian naturalist studying the wild wolves of the Pyre ...more
Jon Frum
This is my third Adamsberg book, having started in the middle, and then gone back to numbers one and two. I saw that one reviewer trashed the translation - putting that issue aside, we monolinguists can only review the translation and hope for the best.

Given that Vargas is a quite good writer, for me, this book suffered from a decision made during the construction of the story. All such detective mystery stories suffer when their central character is off-screen (or off-page, in this case). Comm
Feb 04, 2014 Gemma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was recommended to me by a friend who greatly enjoys Vargas' works and thought I would enjoy it too, largely because of the mysterious, slightly supernatural werewolf aspect.

In sum, I enjoyed reading it and finished but I wasn't thrilled as I thought I'd be. To be fair, this is a quieter, light crime mystery (as some have well described it) that focuses more on the characters involved than the actual crime. The plot moves, but gradually, and is largely based on dialogue and reflection.

Mar 25, 2015 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in the Commisaire Afamsberg series which began with The Chalk Circle man. Adamsberg is a really interesting detective as he appears to solve crimes primarily through an almost sixth sense which he manages to trigger by thinking and getting away from the mayhem of a police investigation, wandering off for example sit under a tree.In book 1 I found this a little disconcerting having relied on a diet of policemen with drink and relationship problems who are loners with a tough ed ...more
Gardy (Elisa G)
Talvolta arriva un punto nella carriera di un giallista affermato in cui non sa più come ravvivare il ciclo del proprio detective di punta e tira quindi fuori dal cappello un romanzo in cui compare poco, a tratti, entrando in scena solo quando assolutamente necessario. Tendenzialmente non è mai uno dei titoli memorabili della serie.

La mia impressione è che, almeno agli inizi, Fred Vargas non sapesse cosa farsene di Adamsberg o come gestirlo al meglio come centro della narrazione. Dopo averlo us
I feel like I need to say something about that low rating I gave to this book.

I guess it's not bad on its own, but compared to the previous books from Vargas, it was different, not necessarily into a good way. The writing style in particular felt really different. You still feel Vargas' hand, but that way to give some characters some kind of accent from this or that region/country by making them say one particular expression or way of speech all the time (literally all the time, like every two s
Jul 27, 2016 Lars rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, contemporary
In contrast to the first novel featuring the erratic inspector Adamsberg, only few scenes of the second book play in Paris. The bigger part of the novel is some kind of roadmovie taking place in and around the Mercantour National Park, a part of the french Alps close to the Mediterranean. At least for the first half of the book, the real protagonist is Camille, the true but estranged love of Adamsberg. I wouldn’t say that she is an uninteresting character, but compared to the inspector, she isn’ ...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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  • Les quatre fleuves (Commissaire Adamsberg, #3)
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