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Un lieu incertain by Fred Vargas
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Nov 30, 2011

Read in December, 2011

I read this in English but it is a very cross-cultural novel in which suave French detectives come up against the British plod. The French detective Adamsberg is on a policeman's conference in London, of which he understands nothing at all yet in socialising with the other detectives they come across a murder at Highgate cemetary; the evidence is Fred Vargas-odd; severed, mummified feet pointing towards the gates of the celebrated cementary. Vargas is making a nod to the current obsession with vampires and Adamsberg takes a tour to Vampire country to seek the source of the mythology surrounding the killer who obliterates the bodies.

Again, it is not the crime which haunts you in Vargas' writing, but the everyday philosophy of the detectives and the wonderful sense of cultures colliding in a murder that she evokes.

Thoroughly worth a read.

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