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Wash This Blood Clean from My Hand (Commissaire Adamsberg #6)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  2,566 Ratings  ·  244 Reviews
A #1 bestselling author in France, Fred Vargas repeatedly captivates her many admirers across the globe with suspenseful mysteries featuring Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg, ?a Gallic cousin to Ruth Rendell?s Chief Inspector Wexford? (The Washington Post). In the same way that Donna Leon?s Commissario Brunetti and Andrea Camilleri?s Inspector Montalbano have won countl
Paperback, 388 pages
Published July 31st 2007 by Penguin Books (first published 2004)
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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
Jun 22, 2012 robxyz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished, on, 2010, 25, sep
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
Maria Altiki
Η αλήθεια είναι ότι έχω ανάμεικτα συναισθήματα γιαυτό το βιβλίο. Πρώτον σαν να με κούρασε λίγο.... νομίζω ότι θα μπορούσαν να παραλειφθούν κάποια πράγματα. Δεύτερον δεν κατάλαβα πολλά πράγματα απο την αρχή με τους συνειρμούς του Ανταμσμπέρ παρόλο που μου έγινε πολύ συμπαθής. Τρίτον αυτοί οι βοηθοί του στην έρευνα υπεράνθρωποι... απο την μια η πελώρια Ρετανκιούρ που μπόρεσε να τον κρύψει για τον φυγαδέψει πάνω στο σώμα της και απο την άλλη η γριούλα Ζοζέτ η υπερχάκερ.... μυθικά πλάσματα! Για τον ...more
Jul 19, 2012 aBeiLLe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 07, 2013 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 29, 2015 Erika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
J'avais lu deux des livres dans la série du commissaire Adamsberg et les ai beaucoup aimés. J'ai reçu ce livre en cadeau et j'avais hâte de le lire.

À noter avant de continuer : je suis anglophone et je vis au Québec depuis 15 ans, plus particulièrement près de la ville de Hull où l'histoire se passe. Mon mari est québécois, mes enfants aussi.

L'histoire en général est bonne. Là où ça se gâche, c'est le français québécois. C'est un désastre. Je ne peux pas croire que l'auteur n'aurait pas fait vér
Jan 09, 2011 J rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
While this book won't stop me from reading more of Vargas crime novels, it is one of the most disappointing in the series. For the first time, I feel that Vargas has "seriously lost the plot", for this book tends to ramble, saunter and stroll -- much like Adamsberg, in fact, who tends to like long walks. Unlike Adamsberg, however, there is no point to Vargas's rambles.

The dénouement, when it comes, is a real head scratcher. The motive for the murders is so bizarre that it beggars belief. The pl
Oct 19, 2012 Eduardo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
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It’s not that I had other plans for the winter readings but it seems to me that it would be French mysteries’ winter. This was my second encounter with comissaire Jean Baptiste Adamsberg and I found it quite successful. While the first novel that I read The Chalk Circle Man , and the first in the whole cycle, more abounded in amusing moments and had a whole bunch of such memorable and finely drawn characters, this one is more grim, there is more pain and anger in it.

This time Adamsberg with his
May 17, 2013 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 08, 2008 Craig rated it liked it
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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
Adamsberg and colleagues leave their home turf for Canadian winter trails, where old grievances are unearthed and new challenges put before our commissaire. Will he win in the race against his old enemy, faced with ruin himself?

The good: The style and characters continue to amuse me - the dreamlike setting, the blunt interactions.

The bad: It's too long and the plot verges on fantastical. It's the first book focused mainly on Adamsberg's POV and I didn't care much for that. Why people like that
Feb 04, 2017 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un trident, des crapauds qui explosent, un vieux dragon blanc, une hackeuse ("aqueuse") sexagénaire en tennis et du savon au lait d'amande, ce sont quelques-uns des ingrédients qui ont fait de Sous les vents de Neptune mon Adamsberg préféré jusqu'ici.

Inventif, enlevé et addictif, un peu dépaysant grâce à la mission Québec, drôle (la scène de la salle de bain avec Retancourt !) et émouvant, je le conseille sans la moindre hésitation.
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
Jon Frum
Nov 18, 2014 Jon Frum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have two Adamsberg books to go, and so far this is one of the two best. Vargas is certainly a good writer, and the overall shape of her stories is usually well done. This story takes her detective to Quebec and back, and continues the love story line found in earlier books. Personally, I favor the old 'no love interest' rule in detective mystery writing. I do understand that there is an audience for romance/relationship plot lines in detective/crime fiction, so for me, this series suffers, but ...more
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Lexie Conyngham
Jun 14, 2016 Lexie Conyngham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this: a complex, interesting plot linking France and Canada, and a quirky hero with some unusual colleagues. He's occasionally a bit of a numpty but I found what was going on in his head very amusing, particularly the bits involving Strasbourg Cathedral - others may find it annoying, but there we are. I appreciated the translator's note on the differences between French French and Canadian French: I hope at some stage to read one of these in French but it seems to me that the translator ...more
Aug 02, 2012 ???!!! rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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.
Nadia Aubin-Horth
Très difficile à lire sans grincer des dents pour une québécoise. Une partie de l'histoire se passe au Québec et l'auteur a choisi d'inventer une langue québécoise qui n'existe pas. Ceci donne des dialogues que même une québécoise peine à comprendre. L'intrigue est intéressante si on réussit à s'y faire.
Dec 11, 2009 Sarah rated it did not like it
Easily the worst book I have read in a decade, at least in terms of quality.
Jul 09, 2016 Milele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poésie et policier. I had to read very carefully because it's been a long while since I read a book with so much metaphor and slang in French. The book supported and rewarded such careful reading.
Ana SanMiguel
Muy buena nuevamente la compañía del inefable comisario Adamsberg. Seguiré con la saga.
Jan 26, 2017 S.BH rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pour un premier livre de Fred Vargas, j'ai décidé de lire le 6ème, que j'avais sous la main.
J'ai tout aimé ou presque : Adamsberg et ses nuages, le juge mort-vivant, l'impression que Danglard puisse jouer un double-jeu (j'y ai cru).

D'après ce que j'ai pu lire dans les reviews, on reproche à Vargas d'avoir caricaturé les canadiens, mais je me suis vite plongée dans l'ambiance de la GRC et j'ai surtout trouvé les personnages drôles et attachants.

Idem pour les sidekicks français : Clémentine en vra
où le commissaire Adamsberg part au Quebec avec une partie de l'équipe et se retrouve englué dans une affaire dont il est le seul à tenter d'arrêter le tueur que tous pensent mort Des événements qui le touchent de près depuis son enfance... et qui soulèvent un coin du voile sur ses difficiles relations...
J'ai trouvé l'histoire policière trop tirée par les cheveux mais comme toujours avec Vargas, c'est la langue, les images, les digressions, les personnages singuliers qui font le charme de la lec
Feb 11, 2010 Neva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Из архивите - рецензия за в. "Гласове". (Този път беше цяла страница за качествени кримки.)

Шерлок, Филип, Пепе и други прозорливи мъже

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
May 04, 2017 Giorgiop rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
più ti inoltri nelle storie di Adamsberg e di Danglard e di Camille (perché ridurre la cosa al solo Adamsberg riduce un po' la bellezza della serie di Fred Vargas) più gli si vuole bene. Forse il libro più complicato finora e meno immediato.
Però sempre bello
May 04, 2017 Youna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. Le Québécois était parfois 'too much' mais c'est le seul bémol, j'ai vraiment aimé l'enquête dans ce volet du commissaire Adamsberg.
Jan 08, 2017 Gabi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
mon préféré jusqu'ici, beaucoup aimé l'intrigue !
Mar 07, 2017 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an intelligent, multi-layered and witty read! Quirky, heaving with twists ad turns and unexpected cleverness. I found the first chapter or two a little difficult to get into, but was gripped as I went on. Adamsberg is already strange with a non-French sounding name, so you know things aren’t going to be ‘normal’. This isn't Maigret, which I love, but I was easily won over.

I loved the Québec connection having recently enjoyed a stay there. And it was quite funny to see the conflict and yet t
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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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