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This Night's Foul Work (Commissaire Adamsberg #7)

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A chilling new mystery from France?s #1 bestselling writer

Twice awarded the International Dagger by the Crime Writers? Association, Fred Vargas has earned a reputation in Europe as a mystery author of the first order. In This Night?s Foul Work, the intuitive Commissaire Adamsberg teams up with Dr. Ariane, a pathologist with whom he crossed paths twenty years ago, to unrav
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Paperback, 416 pages
Published May 27th 2008 by Penguin Books (first published 2006)
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Camille
Jun 27, 2016 Camille rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: polar-msystery
A priori, je pensais avoir déjà lu ce roman (je l'ai marqué comme "lu" sur Goodreads, mais pour une fois, je l'ai même rangé dans l'étagère "romans policiers", et j'ai été radine en lui donnant rapidement deux ou trois étoiles). Et bien non, dès les premières pages j'ai réalisé qu'en fait je n'avais jamais ouvert ce livre de ma vie – on n'oublie pas certains de ses passages – mais cette confusion décrit assez bien mon rapport avec Fred Vargas : j'en avais déjà lu un, un peu vite sans doute, je s ...more
Judith Pembleton
Jun 07, 2015 Judith Pembleton rated it it was amazing
I love this author so much -- I try to think of people I could phone to read out whole pages so that they might hear what is delighting my heart!
I love the characters she creates, their peculiarities so lovingly described, each weakness also a strength that her eccentric Commissaire sees and draws on -- her books are about acceptance and forgiveness and stretching one's beliefs and credulity and holding onto hope and being loyal to one's own tribe, the place and people you belong to.
She tells m
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Trish
Jul 07, 2011 Trish rated it it was amazing
I am enamoured of this mystery series by Fred Vargas. After reading the first in the Commissaire Adamsberg series, I promptly went out and picked another off the shelf, which happens to be Vol #7, the second-to-last of the volumes translated into English. A new novel, (An Uncertain Place has been released in the U.S. in 2011). Since some of the events refer to earlier books in the series, one should probably read them in order, but the central mystery is easy enough to follow. This is such a spe ...more
Filipa
Oct 14, 2012 Filipa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este livro é parado. Parado até. . . meio do livro ou um pouco até mais de meio do livro e eu não gosto disso em policiais. Gosto de "acção" logo a partir da primeira página, gosto que a história me envolva e gosto de pormenores sórdidos. Este livro. . . também os tem.
Aliás, tem personagens carismáticas que dão um toque especial, que tanto podem ser enigmáticas como confusas. Desde o início somos enredados na trama e conhecemos pessoas com as suas características específicas.

Conhecemos um comis
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Jim Coughenour
No one pens a policier like Fred Vargas (aka Frédérique Audoin-Rouzeau, a French medieval historian and archaeologist). Her Commissaire Adamsberg novels aren't only a cut above the usual series fiction; they're in a class of their own. There's Adamsberg, to start with, an absent-minded savant, plus his equally odd team of detectives. But what gives these books their specific flavor is the way Vargas infuses her historical and scientific knowledge into the convolutions of her plots, and the pecul ...more
Peter Enevoldsen
Jul 19, 2016 Peter Enevoldsen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vive le commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg!
Fremragende sommerferielæsning, som hæver niveauet for krimigenren generelt. Adamsberg slår ham der sure gamle leverpostejsfarvede med flere længder, har glemt hvad han hedder.

Sprudlende sprog og levende underholdende karakterer ...og ikke mindst et fuldstændigt fortænkt og vanvittigt plot.
Gregoire
Je retrouve avec bonheur le commissaire Adamsberg et son équipe Cette série vaut plus pour son écriture et la peinture de personnalités très "françaises" que pour l'intrigue policière parfois un peu trop tirée par les cheveux (encore que souvent les motivations humaines ont de quoi surprendre !)
J'adore la façon d'écrire de VARGAS, les images employées toujours renouvelées, les pensées intimes dévoilées ; les comportements attachés aux régions à la fois particuliers et ordinaires, bref toute une
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A.
Jan 03, 2016 A. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspenso
Ella siempre lo vuelve a hacer. Tramas sutilmente dispersas, lineas que se bifurcan y se vuelven a bifurcar, historias que suenan a cuento chino, ¿De dónde sale esto? (o WTF) y de repente ¡Luz! todo cobra sentido. Con erudición e imaginación (una mixtura fantástica) Fred Vargas nos relata nuevos episodios en la vida y la carrera del comisario Adamsberg: un fantasma en su casa, aparentemente llamada Clarisa, una dulce monja que asesinaba a quienes iban a su casa atraídos por la promesa de una ent ...more
Romain X.
Oct 23, 2015 Romain X. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog
Je n’ose rien dévoiler de l’intrigue pour ne pas gâcher le plaisir de lecture. Je peux seulement divulguer que le commissaire aménage dans une maison qui est, selon son voisin - un vieil italien manchot -, hantée par une sainte ayant tuée de ses mains sept femmes avant de périr sous celles d’un tanneur et qu’un nouvel élément, une vielle connaissance du commissaire, vient ajouter sa pierre à la déjà très hétéroclite brigade. Il faut savourer ce roman, se laisser planer aux côtés du désormais cél ...more
Stefania T.
Aug 15, 2012 Stefania T. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Prendete una sciagurata creaturina che soffre di ipersonnia (esiste, esiste), una sfortunata lettrice che non può permettersi di leggere in una posizione troppo confortevole per non rischiare di addormentarsi in men che non si dica (che cosa ci posso fare? Dormirei anche in piedi se potessi!); considerate, inoltre, il contesto in cui cerca di ritagliarsi tempo prezioso per dedicarsi agli amati libri: giornate afose di metà agosto, trascorse alla scrivania nel malinconico tentativo di studiare di
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Neide Parafitas
Mar 18, 2012 Neide Parafitas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leituras-2012, own
Este livro foi a minha estreia com esta autora. Despertou em mim sentimentos contraditórios.

Comecei por gostar bastante, mas a meio do livro comecei a sentir-me confusa relativamente a alguns acontecimentos... Contudo, mais para o final voltou a despertar o meu interesse e assim se manteve até ao fim! :)

Com um final inesperado, deixou-me com curiosidade para ler o segundo livro da autora, também publicado pela Porto Editora "Um lugar incerto".

Recomendo :)
Nancy Oakes
(from July, 2011)

Book number five in the Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg series, This Night's Foul Work begins not too long after the events of Wash This Blood Clean From My Hand. As the novel opens, we find Adamsberg in his newly-purchased home, talking to his neighbor about the ghost of an evil nun who inhabits the place. But the Commissaire is unphased -- he knows it's the living that he needs to worry about, not the dead. And in this installment, events will prove him right. The squad is
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Maharet
Primo incontro con Fred Vargas e si, lo so che questo è il settimo volume della serie di romanzi dedicati al commissario Adamsberg, ma lo so adesso, purtroppo non lo sapevo quando ho comprato il romanzo!
E va bè, sono un po' tonta, pazienza.
Ho considerato di mettere di nuovo in panchina il romanzo e poi magari riprenderlo una volta letti gli altri, ma... sono contenta di non averlo fatto!
È veramente un libro che mi ha conquistato, l'ho divorato in due giorni e, anche se non volevo assolutamente
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LJ
First Sentence: By fixing his curtain to one side with a clothes-peg, Lucio could better observe the new neighbour at his leisure

Insp. Adamsburg has bought a new house which, according to a neighbor, is haunted. When two men are found with their throats cut, causing him to ask a favor from pathologist Ariane Lagarde, with whom he did not have a good working relationship in the past. Upon learning an elderly nurse, whom Adamsburg imprisoned as a serial killer, has escaped he starts to think the c
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Jose
May 23, 2008 Jose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Novela negra o novela de enigmas como le gusta a la autora que se definan sus novelas. La brigada criminal dirigida por el comisario Adamsberg es un mundo dividido entre positivistas, liderados por Danglard, y paleadores de nubes, fieles seguidores de Adamsberg y sus intuiciones o deducciones intangibles. Mundo que en cierta medida me recuerda mucho a la familia Malaussène de Pennac, surrealista y vitalista, lleno de humor casi siempre negro, que me engancha. Novela adictiva, de esas que no quie ...more
icaro
Sì, va bene, gli ho dato tre stellette ma due e mezzo erano sufficienti.
A favore, la buona scrittura, la velocità dei dialoghi in equilibrio con la posatezza delle parti narrative, la amabile e precisa caratterizzazione psicologica dei protagonisti e di molti comprimari, i riferimenti colti mai esasperanti o esasperati.
Contro: un plot che spesso (qui come in altri gialli della Vargas) fa acqua sia per la presenza di buchi argomentativi sia per l'uso troppo insistito del deus ex machina ( io amo
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Simone Sinna
Jun 12, 2014 Simone Sinna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I hope I ma reviewing the right book! In English it is called A Night's Foul Work and my French is rusty but the blurb seemed to correspond to this book!
I was disappointed in the last Vargas I read (The Three Evangelists) but I thought I’d try another – and am grateful I did. This is the best of the four I’ve read; dense, convoluted and of course wonderfully, eccentrically French! Vargas winds Adamsberg’s private life with the estranged Camille and now young son, as well as his attraction to Adr
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Tony
Feb 08, 2014 Tony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THIS NIGHT’S FOUL WORK. (2006). Fred Vargas. *****.
This is a prime example of a nearly perfect mystery novel. The author has provided the reader with a suitably complex and intricate plot – including a fair number or relevant tangents – pursued by a cadre of French police led by the unique Commissaire Adamsberg. Ms. Vargas provides us with a menu of the Special Crimes Department’s makeup: “You’ve seen them, you’ve seen us all. Adamsberg and his inaccessible wanderings. Danglard, the walking ency
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_incubus
Jan 20, 2011 _incubus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
è che adamsberg dopo il canada mi turba.. certo stavolta non ha minacciato nessuno con una bottiglia ma è inquieto..
veyrenc nonostante tutto è adorabile..devo metterlo nella lista di ciò che devo procurarmi:
-uno orso gatto
-un procione
-uno scheletro vivo di dinosauro
-qualcuno che mi parla in versi
ah si e poi voglio anche un gatto come palla.. cioè un gatto palla (nel senso delle dimensioni) ce l'ho già ma io ne voglio uno come lui *-*
Emi
Nov 12, 2015 Emi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Qué libro raro... qué sé yo. No está malo. El protagonista, el comisario Adamsberg, es muy gracioso. En realidad, la novela tiene muchos momentos que me hicieron reír. Son buenos personajes. Veyrenc es un personaje muy interesante, con una historia compartida con el protagonista que, para mí, es lo mejor del libro. Esa parte, al menos, logró engancharme mucho. Pero, por el lado del misterio, se me hizo muy inverosímil, difícil de seguir. Se me complicó seguirle el hilo a las pistas, a los descub ...more
Charles Kerns
Vargas writes with precision and directness about vague thoughts and actions, intuitions, and twisted, strangled conversations. She creates characters who push the boundaries of normality and jams them all into one car or police station or pub. She revives ancient mysteries and uses them to motivate murders (with much throat slashing). She does not plod or plot herself through a novel, she breaks all standard police procedure, and she bounces from one revelation to the final one, often without l ...more
Babete
Oct 10, 2012 Babete rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quando penso que mais nada me vai surpreender eis que surge esta autora. Há algum tempo que namorava este livro e posso dizer que valeu mesmo a pena! Acho que fui enfeitiçada; é um policial diferente e estranho mas no bom sentido. A riqueza do enredo e das personagens vai concerteza perdurar na minha memória. Mal posso esperar para ferrar o dente noutro livro de Fred Vargas, imperdível! ;)
???!!!
Aug 10, 2014 ???!!! rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I once commented that reading Vargas is like drinking red wine, one need to savor the subtleties of different layers of flavors. So i guess it was wrong of me to over indulged myself in reading three of Vargas books in such a short time. Because I didn't read the Adamsberg series in sequence I was finally relieved to understand some of the background and relationship between the characters. Other than that this novel was less inspiring, in some part, maybe repetitive, for me. But again, I need t ...more
Gaile Wakeman
Nov 12, 2014 Gaile Wakeman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite crime authors. If you like mystery genre don't pass her up. This one was very very good as usual. Takes place in a region of France I have visited but not as well known as some other areas. She evokes mystery and wonder. Her characters are unusual and there is always a twist.
Nilo Di Stefano
Mar 15, 2014 Nilo Di Stefano rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Come Adamsberg anche io sono molto naif al punto che ho letto tutta la sua saga in maniera caotica, partendo dal centro, andando a ritroso, ritornando avanti per poi finire dove tutto ebbe inizio. Non male , in pieno stile Adamsberg. Fred Vargas è geniale, ti porta dove vuoi, ti fa oscillare fra realtà e incubo, fra sogno e superstizione, fra vita e morte, per tutto il tempo che vuole e come vuole. Parte sempre arrancando, poi è la classica inondazione primaverile che parte da lontano e ti arriv ...more
Romina
Sep 15, 2015 Romina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carino, ben strutturato e dal finale imprevedibile.
Ho fatto fatica a superare le prime 50 pagine, ho dovuto riprenderle più volte. Non saprei perché, lo stile è preciso e curato, la lettura fluisce tranquilla e senza sofisticazioni, nonostante il personaggio principale sia un po' eccentrico. Eppure all'inizio ho faticato a entrare nella storia. Forse mi aspettavo che il fantasma di cui si parla nella quarta avesse un ruolo, mentre invece è appena accennato all'inizio e qui e là durante la lettur
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Aderyn Wood
Jul 03, 2014 Aderyn Wood rated it it was amazing
It's been a while since I've read a crime/murder mystery but this was more enjoyable than any I remember. While the mystery of 'who dun it' was intriguing and kept me turning the pages, it was the interesting mix of characters in the Paris 'Serious Crime Squad' that made me love this story. Jean-Baptiste Adamsburg is an unconventional detective who can only 'think' about the case by going for long walks. His team are endearingly loyal to him and are somewhat quirky themselves. Ratancourt a 'gode ...more
Fil
Un'unica frase sarebbe sufficiente. Libro assolutamente imperdibile per gli amanti di Fred Vargas.

Lo stile è, se possibile, ancora migliorato rispetto ai precedenti. Con i suoi dialoghi taglienti, la sua sottile ironia, riesce a creare il suo classico stile surreale che sembra attrarre in un altro mondo. I personaggi, soprattutto Adamsberg ed il vice Danglard, sono descritti in maniera sempre più approfondita.

Questo libro, il quinto della serie, se si escludono i racconti brevi, è probabilmente
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Estefânia Botelho
Razões da escolha do livro: Curiosidade para ler esta escritora e também porque recebi um livrinho dela da Porto Editora intitulado “um lugar incerto”. Como este livro é anterior a esse resolvi lê-o primeiro.
Proveniência: A minha biblioteca.
A minha Opinião:
Estreei-me com este livro nesta escritora!
Para além de escrever bem, Fred Vargas tem a capacidade de descrever magistralmente as personagens (que são numerosas, tanto que até as tive que listar!) e de criar momentos de suspense de tirar o fô
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Reinhold
Nov 13, 2009 Reinhold rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Kommt nur langsam in die Gänge

Fred Vargas hat schon wirklich Großartiges abgeliefert. Bis dieser Roman jedoch in die Gänge kommt dauert eine ganze Weile. Der Anfang wirkt nicht als ob er aus einem Krimi wäre, eher wie eine Studie der Menchen und der Zeit. Etwas das ich prinzipiell gerne mag, das ich aber eben hier nicht erwartet habe. Natürlich kommen bald die ersten Toten vor; zwei Männer die die Drogenfahndung für sich haben möchte, die Kommissar Adamsberg aber nicht freiwillig hergibt. Und es
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