This Night's Foul Work (Commissaire Adamsberg, #7)
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On the outskirts of Paris, two men have been found with their throats cut. In Normandy, two stags have been killed and their hearts cut out. Meanwhile a seventy-five-year-old nurse who has murdered several of her patients has escaped from prison. Is there a connection between the three cases?





In this mystery, Commissaire Adamsberg is pitted against nemeses past and present:...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 5th 2009 by Vintage (first published 2006)
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Trish
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
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...more
Stefania T.

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...more
Neide Parafitas
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 :)
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...more
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...more
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
Jose
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
Simone Sinna
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...more
Tony
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...more
_incubus
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
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! ;)
???!!!
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
Nilo Di Stefano
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
Aderyn Wood
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
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...more
Reinhold
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...more
Neva
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...more
Alan
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,...more
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...more
Karen
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...more
William
This seems to be the fifth in the Adamsberg series, and if you have been enjoying the previous ones, you will enjoy this one as well, even if it is not quite among the best.

As always, the plot has its surrealistic elements (apparent ghosts, this time)and credible plot twists. All the usual characters appear, though none has a central role. There are new additions -- a guy named Veyrenc, from Adamsberg's home valley, who somehow talks mostly in verse, a group of villagers in Normandy whose repart...more
Victoria
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...more
Shonna Froebel
This is the latest Commissaire Adamsberg mystery by Vargas and it involves Adamsberg's strange thought processes even more thoroughly than previous ones. His relationship with Camille has changed to one of friendship, although he still wants more. Danglard runs interference between him and the rest of his team. He has a feeling about the two bodies recently found killed, sure that they are not drug-related despite the injection wounds found on each body. The pathologist supports his belief and p...more
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...more
Jessica Howard
Vargas is at her quirky best in this book. Commissaire Adamsberg is at his fantastic, vague, whirling-minded, tricks again. I think he really might be my favorite literary detective ever. His usual team is back--the stressed out Danglard, the imperturbable Violette Retancourt, the constantly eating Froissy, and the other 24 officers who report to Adamsberg--including a new character, Veyrenc, who, like Adamsberg, comes from the Pyrenees. Veyrenc speaks in twelve syllabic verse, which lends even...more
R.
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
Spock
Il primo libro letto della Vargas dopo grande titubanza a causa della pessima considerazione che nutro per una persona che ha fatto della difesa di un personaggio criminalmente squallido come Cesare Battisti un vessillo.
Faccio questa premessa in quanto potrebbe avere alterato, anche se non credo, il mio giudizio sul libro. Un giudizio ampiamente sufficiente ma nulla pi��.
Pregi. Storia da leggere fino all'ultima pagina. Personaggi ben delineati. Trama accattivante. I personaggi del paesino norman...more
Spuddie
Another excellent entry in this cerebral mystery series featuring Chief Inspector Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg of the Serious Crimes Unit in Paris. Adamsberg is so far beyond the norm when it comes to policeman, I suspect he would resemble the bumbling Colombo of American TV fame. His mind is always wandering, off in the clouds, and yet his methods always get a result in the end. Half his crew worship and adore him and allow him free rein and obey his orders to the letter. The other half are just wai...more
Sarah
A big thank you to whoever it was who recommended Fred Vargas to me. This Night's Foul Work is terrific, full of intriguing and appealing characters, not least the hero, Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg, whose reactions to everything are unexpected and endearing. He's small and vague and really rather wonderful. The first time in ages that I've found a new writer I like in this genre. Fred (short for Frédérique) Vargas is an historian turned writer, with an acute attention to detail, wit and imagination....more
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