Der vierzehnte Stein (Commissaire Adamsberg, #6)
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Der vierzehnte Stein (Commissaire Adamsberg #6)

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Durch Zufall stößt Adamsberg auf einen gräßlichen Mord - ein Mädchen wurde mit einem Dreizack erstochen. Eines ähnlichen Verbrechens wurde einst sein jüngerer Bruder Raphaël verdächtigt. Doch seitdem sind 30 Jahre vergangen, der wirkliche Mörder ist längst begraben. Wer also mordet weiter mit gleicher Waffe? Für Adamsberg beginnt ein atemloser, einsamer Lauf gegen die Zeit...more
Paperback, AtV 2275, 480 pages
Published 2007 by Aufbau Verlag (first published 2004)
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Termino questo quarto episodio della serie Adamsberg con la sensazione confortante che Fred Vargas abbia fin qui ogni volta migliorato ed affinato la saga rispetto ai precedenti capitoli; ne parlavo poi con mia moglie, di quanto mi piacciano infinitamente di pi� le atmosfere francesi create sapientemente dall'autrice rispetto alle descizioni minuziose di gente come Deaver, Cornwell, Crichton; ecco, degli autori gialli da bestseller americani non apprezzo il dettaglio da autopsia, l'intrico delle...more
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This is Vargas "Québec" novel where she supposedly makes characters speaks in authentic "joual". Which might be funny for people who don't have any idea of what language people in Québec speak. One thing for sure it's not the language Vargas is using in her novel. That's the very very annoying part. All the French Canadian characters are caricatures or grotesque people. This is the weakest of the Adamsberg's novels I've read so far. The obsessed serial killer chase that began in Adamsberg's chil...more
Fred Vargas, pseudonimo di Frédérique Audouin-Rouzeau, entra nel panorama letterario italiano in punta di piedi attraverso la collana “I Coralli” di Einaudi con “Io sono il tenebroso” nel 2000 (uscito in Francia nel ‘97). Da quel momento il destino della scrittrice francese in seno alla casa editrice di Torino è piuttosto movimentato. Il discreto successo del romanzo spinge Einaudi a pubblicare anche “Chi è morto alzi la mano” nel 2002 (‘95), “Parti in fretta e non tornare” nel 2004 (2001) e a r...more
To be honest, the plot for this book is so convoluted and far-fetched, that the murderer might as well be an alien, and Commissaire Adamsberg's evidence could only be used by a prosecutor in the form of contemporary dance. Serial killers in real life tend to be quite pathetic, lonely people with a grudge against a society which has rightfully snubbed them. In books and film, they're often handsome sinister geniuses, far cleverer than the everyday drones who's lives they snuff out. Vargas takes t...more
This is, I think, the fourth in the Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg series, and the best I have read so far, just ahead of the first one.

Vargas' plots are marvelously inventive, but sometimes get a bit too far-fetched. This book has the usual offbeat story line, but it is credible throughout, and combines a meticulous police procedural with an engagingly bizarre theme.

Vargas' characters this time are unusually well-drawn, especially Violette Retancourt, and depth and texture are added to Adamsberg's on...more
May 30, 2008 Craig rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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I had a hard time getting into this - at first I thought something was getting lost in translation from the original French. But gradually I realized it wasn't the translation, but the storytelling structure - lots of seemingly indulgent sidebars, not a lot of action. Not your typical "American" crime fiction. Just over halfway through the book, I realized that I was enjoying the characters and their interactions so much that I wasn't overly concerned with the central mystery (which actually is...more
Riccardo Avesani
Una vera e propria chicca questo romanzo per l'anti Patricia Cornwell per eccellenza. "Sotto i venti di Nettuno" è e probabilmente rimane, insieme a "Nei boschi eterni" e "Chi è morto alzi la mano", quanto di meglio la scrittrice francese è riuscita a produrre. Un meglio che si esplica non tanto nella costruzione della vicenda - Fred Vargas si colloca all'interno del giallo classico fatto di delitto, inestigazione e soluzione - quanto di tutto ciò che sta attorno alla vicenda. In primis, il sape...more
I have to say its not a book easy to get into. Although Vargas is a great poetic writer the intensity of this book did not start until half way through the book. I was about to give up if not because I enjoyed the vivid characters. Vargas writing is like a fine wine, many textures, layers and subtleties. Her stories often have an air of mysticism, fairy tales and ghost stories. Sometimes it's hard to realize that the setting is current instead of times long forgotten.
WASH THIS BLOOD CLEAN FROM MY HAND. (2004; Eng. Trans. 2007). Fred Vargas. ****.
This was my first exposure to Commissaire Adamsberg, the author’s serial hero. The Commissaire is based in Paris with the French Gendarmes. In this mystery/thriller, he continues to try and free his brother of suspicion of murder for which he was tried and convicted years ago. He does his homework and learns that a series of murders have taken place over the past fifty years, where the victims were killed by being st...more
Kristena West

Well I am in love with this series, there is that very intelligent development of plot and the mysterious way in which Adamsberg moves through his psyche towards solving the mystery has me hooked.

After reading (below) that the authors father was a surrealist author and knew Andre Breton! she has the mastery of using different aspects of consciousness in her characters that for me, is extremely satisfying; especially the precognitive aspects.
5 stars

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Teresa Mills-clark
Usually I rate Vargas's books much higher that 3 stars but I found the characterization of the Canadian RCMP officers to be patronizing and wholly inaccurate. It was beyond cringing about it was actually insulting. To imagine professionals to act as buffoons was beyond plausible. I wondered if it was a matter of the translator missing nuances?? In any event, I nearly put the book down, unfinished. But am glad I persisted because when the author was back on French soil and her style of writing wa...more
Kathleen Dixon
This is the second Commissaire Adamsberg I've read (well, I read the first one and listened to this) and I enjoyed it even more than the first. Adamsberg is a Parisian police officer with an intuitive style and who does his best thinking (allowing thoughts to happen) when walking. His habit of walking gets him into trouble in this 6th in his series.

When Adamsberg was a young man his brother was accused of murder. He got off the charge but shame forced him to leave the country and they haven't se...more
Easily the worst book I have read in a decade, at least in terms of quality.
Wer Fred Vargas kennt, weiß dass ihr Adamsberg nicht immer vor Charme und Sympathie strotzt und trotzdem lese und höre ich ihre Krimis gern, da sie immer wieder fesselnd sind.
Es geht bei Adamsberg nicht um große Actionszenen oder viel Blut und Gewalt, sondern eher um die Hintergründe. Warum eine Person zum Massenmörder wird. In diesem Fall ist es kompliziert, sehr kompliziert, denn die Morde sind eigentlich alle aufgeklärt und für jeden Mord gibt es einen Täter. Oder doch nicht? Als wieder ein...more
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Брехт презирал криминалетата – виждали му се по-близки до кръстословиците, отколкото до белетристиката. А Бодлер лично превел на френски мрачните прозрения на Огюст Дюпен, литературното алтер его на Едгар Алан По. Някои твърдят, че жанрът възникнал в Китай през XVIII ("Три престъпни деяния, разкрити от съдията Ти") и стигнал до Европа през XIX век. Според други ев...more
Nancy Oakes
(from 2011)

Adamsberg goes international, as he and a few of his colleagues are scheduled to go to Quebec to study the newest techniques in DNA science from the RCMP. He has a lot on his plate: the heat is broken at headquarters, Danglard is petrified of flying, certain that a flock of starlings will fly into the wing and bring the plane crashing down, and a young women has been savagely murdered in a way that Adamsberg knows well. It seems that as a teenager, his brother Raphael had fallen under...more
This was my first encounter with commissaire Adamsberg and definitely one of the best books I've read in the last few months: The Parisian policeman faces a case, that is intertwined with Adamsberg's whole life, about a dead judge who seems to be the devil himself, Adamsberg's brother, who lives with guilt everyday and many murders that seem to be sprinkled randomly over whole France. When the commissaire reads about another murder that has all the same characteristics as the others before the j...more
Commissaire Adamsberg is a man with a profound belief in his own hunches. Whilst a lot of his squad are preparing for a DNA technology study trip to Quebec, Adamsberg is really distracted. Firstly, he's distracted because his right hand man, Danglard is quite convinced that they are all going to die in a fiery plane crash and Adamsberg is wearing the brunt of keeping him calm and getting him on the plane. But there's something else that's not right and finally it dawns on Adamsberg that a newspa...more
J'ai choisi de lire ce roman après le tordant billet de Karine:). J'avais ri à en pleurer en lisant son commentaire. Je trouve toujours très spécial la façon qu'on les "français" de traduire, ou d'interpréter nos bonnes vieilles expressions québécoise. Et là avec ce roman je suis ravie! Des expressions tout droit sorti du Classique Le Temps d'une paix! Je ne crois pas que l'auteur ait une connaissance approfondie du Québec d'aujourd'hui. Le choix des expressions et aussi des noms de ses personna...more
This, the next book featuring Adamsberg (after Seeking Whom He May Devour), had the almost opposite effect on me that Seeking Whom He May Devour did. I found the third one, as mentioned previously, to be very slow-going, with the narrative wandering (sometimes aimlessly) through the book, until, as I said, the conclusion hit me squarely in the face right at the very end. It was like being doused with cold water. This book, however, had a really fast-paced narrative, as the sequence of events unf...more
Bello, bello, bello ... da non poter staccare gli occhi dalle pagine ... non tanto, torno a ribadire, perchè importi sapere chi è l'assassino (che qui, peraltro, sappiamo da subito chi è), ma perchè interessa sapere cosa sentono i personaggi, cosa pensano, come vivono la storia. Perchè qui, bene o male, tutti condividono. E' questo il fascino della Vargas. Se tu racconti, come inciso ad un'altra storia principale, che se ficchi in bocca una sigaretta ad un rospo, questo aspira, aspira e poi, pla...more
Dec 18, 2010 rabbitprincess rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: police procedural fans who like quirky protagonists
Recommended to rabbitprincess by: The Times Online
* * * 1/2

Even though I didn't finish this book, I am still inclined to round my 3.5 star rating up instead of down. My not finishing is more because I was reading the original French, and it takes me forever to read French fiction, since that's my second language. It didn't have as much to do with the story itself -- just me reaching my saturation point.

As stated, I was reading this more for the second-language exposure and thought the mystery aspect would hold my attention more readily. And it...more
Cathy Cole
I've enjoyed the other three books I've read in this series, but I always felt that Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg was maintaining a distance between us. With Wash This Blood Clean from My Hand, this distance vanished, and I am well and truly hooked. Vargas excels in mixing various styles, and she continues to do so here. There's a light comic touch throughout the book combined with much darker themes. What's new to the mix is the fact that her main character has to look deep inside himself during this...more
First Sentence: Leaning his shoulder against the dark basement wall, Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg stood contemplating the enormous central heating boiler which had suddenly stopped working, two days before.

Comm. Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg and seven of his officers are getting ready for forensics training in Quebec, Canada. A few days before they are to leave, Adamsberg sees a news story about a murder where the victim received three stab wounds to the stomach and the accused has no memory of committing...more
A #4 Chief Inspector Adamsberg mystery set in France, although this one takes place partially in Quebec as Adamsberg and his close associates go there for a two-week training seminar on forensic advancements. Adamsberg is on the trail of a serial killer who has killed over decades, often spacing his kills by years and then vanishing from the area such that suspicion is not aroused. It's personal for Jean-Baptiste though, as one of the people whom this killer--also a powerful Judge--framed was hi...more
The most interesting part of the book is the serial killer but the chief detective is less compelling. Some of the female characters are improbable - like the 80+ aged computer hacker. Vargas' research on Canada is sloppy - we have the metric system, DNA lab in Hull is not likely to have an all French-Canadian staff and there is an international border between Ontario and Detroit so Canadian law enforcement can't just follow a suspect to the US.
This is a strange kind of detective novel, with a hero quite unlike any fictional detective that I can think of. This is part of a series of books about Commissaire Adamsberg and I definitely would read another one if I came across it. Adamsburg is in some ways the anti-Holmes (or perhaps more appropriately the anti-Dupin), relying on lateral leaps of intuition to solve cases rather than logical and systematic deduction. This is a fun take on solving murders, but may frustrate those who like to...more
I've had this book for a really long time, years probably, and I've been reluctant to start reading it because it's book 6 in a series, but man do I wish I had done this sooner. It's twisty, it's dark, it's exciting, but it's also not like stepping into book 6 of a series in most places. There are a few things here and there that I wish I had been in on from the start, but they're elegantly explained without too much extra knowledge needed. I can't wait to get started on book 1.
I was introduced to Fred Vargas by a neighbour, and read a couple before I realised he was a she and that Vargas was French. Her (main) detective, Adamsberg, is by his own admission woolly and odd, a "cloud thinker". Don't expect anything terribly close to crime realism here, but the way Vargas portrays France, especially ordinary French people and the French countryside, ring very true.

And this is a really good tale, a genuine thriller, the best I've read so far. It's not quite a 'who-dunnit',...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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