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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, 409 pages
Published May 27th 2008 by Penguin (Non-Classics) (first published 2006)
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Trish
Jul 06, 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
Camille
Mar 14, 2015 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
Filipa
Jan 07, 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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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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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
Romain
Dec 27, 2009 Romain 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
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
Stefania T.
Aug 10, 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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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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Neide Parafitas
Oct 01, 2011 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 :)
Peter Enevoldsen
Jul 08, 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.
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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Arwen56
Una scoperta recente e felice: Fred Vargas, che non conoscevo affatto, mi è davvero piaciuta e sicuramente questo non sarà l’unico libro che di lei leggerò.

La struttura di base che regge la storia è quella del romanzo poliziesco e, dunque, come in ogni “giallo” che si rispetti, abbiamo un assassino e delle vittime. Ma non è per questo che si legge il libro quasi con bramosia, bensì perché ci si innamora quasi subito dei personaggi che ci descrive e del modo limpido, ironico, esatto in cui si sn
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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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Telma Oliveira
Jan 09, 2017 Telma Oliveira rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Além de a historia não fazer sentido a autora tem uma escrita demasiado estranha que não beneficiou com a má tradução.

Os diálogos parecem escritos por crianças do quarto ano.

-Quem fez isso- declarou um conviva alto e encurvado ao fundo da mesa-, não é um homem.
-É um animal.
-Pior do que um animal.
-Exactamente.
-Para mim- prosseguiu Robert-, foi um jovem. Um obcecado.
-Um obcecado não é necessariamente um jovem.
-Porque um jovem obcecado, quando envelhece, torna-se um velho obcecado.
-É discutível- r
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Jose
Mar 07, 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
Lucie
Jan 18, 2017 Lucie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french, series, detective, own
C'est toujours intéressant de commencer une série de livres par le milieu. Ici cela n'empêche pas la compréhension de l'histoire, même si certains détails m'ont sûrement échappé. L'histoire n'est pas parfaite mais reste agréable à lire et à suivre, en grande partie grâce à l'écriture fascinante de Vargas. Un bon retour dans la littérature française pour moi qui ne lisait quasiment plus qu'en anglais ces dernières années.
_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 *-*
Babete
Oct 06, 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! ;)
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.
J.
Dec 14, 2016 J. rated it really liked it
Fred Vargas is a woman, and a mystery writer who sets her oblique, enchanted murder stories in the familiar frame of the policier format.

Which is a help, because what she's really after is more of an Alice In Wonderland trajectory. Tracking a generally plausible crime holds the story on the tracks. The standard elements of the policier-- the rustling sounds and stifled scream at midnight in the hedgerows, the discovery of the body, the notification of the detectives, the "police-line-do-not-cro
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Brendan
Jan 28, 2017 Brendan rated it really liked it
Really fun little mystery. Tone-wise, it reminded me a lot of The Closer or Major Crimes, which is to say a lot of the fun involves the cast of quirky characters that make up the squad. Satisfying ending. If I can find more by this author, I will read them, despite the fact that they get the "I'm in love with a girl named Fred" song from Once Upon a Mattress stuck in my head.
Karen
Jul 02, 2008 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, european
Being more than a little bit fond of the Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg series I was very annoyed with myself when I got a bit behind with the releases and had to make an effort to catch up. Poor me. So tragic. Having to spend some time with one of my favourite, eccentric detectives and the rest of his team of mildly odd compatriots.

THIS NIGHT'S FOUL WORK sees Adamsberg team pretty well settled, so the introduction of any new lieutenant could be complicated. Louis Veyrenc is even more disruptive, with
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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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Barbara Valotto
Mar 06, 2017 Barbara Valotto rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Grande scrittrice ed autrice di gialli, anche se questo non è stato sino ad ora il mio romanzo preferito, resta comunque una grande Vargas.
Neva
Aug 07, 2009 Neva rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Из архивите - рецензия за в. "Гласове".

За убедени почитатели
Осем са романите на френската палеоархеоложка Фред Варгас от серията за комисаря Жан-Батист Адамсберг и "Във вечната гора" ("Колибри", 2008 г., превод Росица Ташева) е най-новият и неубедителен от появилите се досега на български. Въпреки че е речовит като вече познатите ни "Бягай и не бързай да се връщаш" и "Ветровете на Нептун", и като тях пълен с приятни герои.

И тази книга е дефиле на чудаците – в бригадата на лишения от блясък, но
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Victoria
Jul 24, 2013 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Il mio prof di storia e filosofia, interrogato circa la Vargas dalla sottoscritta, disse una volta che non la apprezzava perché secondo lui le soluzioni dei casi erano troppo tirate e con basi troppo poco attendibili. All'obiezione in cui gli si faceva notare che Adamsberg è uno "spalatore di nuvole" per definizione e che quindi non poteva legittimamente aspettarsi niente di più logico, rispose che il tutto risultava comunque troppo debole.
Sono sempre rimasta indispettita nei confronti del caro
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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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Alan
Jun 26, 2009 Alan rated it really liked it
This is the first of this series featuring a quirky French inspector and his colorful squad of detective that I had come across. I enjoyed it and was willing to suspend my disbelief enough to swallow the preposterous plot.
The squad is headed by the rather morose and dreamy Commissioner Adamsberg who relies on instinct and inspiration rather than the plodding footwork, lengthy interrogations and forensics favored by his illustrious forebear Inspector Maigret. At one crucial point in this story,
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