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This Night's Foul Work (Commissaire Adamsberg #7)

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A phenomenal bestseller in France, This Night’s Foul Work is another irresistible installment in the internationally acclaimed Commissaire Adamsberg series.

On the edge of Paris two small-time drug dealers have had their throats cut in a peculiar fashion. Setting out on the trail of the shadowy killer, Commissaire Adamsberg and his detectives travel between Paris and the No
Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Vintage Canada (first published 2006)
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Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 14, 2015 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
Judith Pembleton
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.
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Jan 07, 2012 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

Here we go again, Jean-Baptiste. As I said in one of my other reviews these novels of Vargas are definitely characters-driven books. And I constantly find them original and refreshing. If you relish quirky and eccentric protagonists, if you like an odd sense of humour and if you don’t mind convoluted if not far-fetched at times intrigue you should be satisfied with Fred Vargas novels either. I definitely enjoyed following intricacies of Adamsberg mind while he was following rather devious intrig
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
Trixie Fontaine
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Normally I wouldn't pick up a book in the middle of a series, but this beckoned to me from a neighborhood little free library and the author's name is Fred and it seemed different from anything I've read before (I don't think I've read any other French detective fun).

Initially I was captivated and entertained, then I started snorting & thinking the characters were super stupid with the virgin thing and their slowness unraveling certain clues and horrible with the jealous privacy-invasion thi
Chris Lesieutre
Paris, upper Normandy, stag hearts, murder, grave robbers, immortality potions, what’s not to like? A perfect distraction. I’ll read more of Fred’s work, I think. She’s good.
Dec 27, 2009 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
Jan 03, 2016 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
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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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