Have Mercy on Us All - Commissaire Adamsberg 3 (Hardback)
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Have Mercy on Us All - Commissaire Adamsberg 3 (Hardback)

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Joss le Guern is a town crier in Paris's 14th arrondissement. He calls out the local news three times a day to all who will listen. Over the course of a few days, however, a number of enigmatic and disturbing messages are slipped in to the daily news, and he becomes increasingly alarmed. Superintendent Adamsberg is visited by an extremely troubled woman who has found strange marks on the door of her building: upside down 4s marked out in black paint. This, and the appearance of the frightening messages, are exactly the kind of mysteries Adamsberg loves. In the course of his inquiries he begins to sense a sinister and often grotesque menace. And when a charred corpse is found, Adamsberg knows he's dealing with a particularly serious and chilling case. Have Mercy on Us All is Fred Vargas's masterpiece so far. She is exceptional at building mood and tension, and, as Henning Mankell portrays the social realities of contemporary Sweden in his Inspector Wallander mysteries, so Vargas does the same for Paris and France.

Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9781843431541
Weight: 573 g
Dimensions: 241 x 160 x 30 mm

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“Have Mercy on Us All”

An excellent crime thriller which suffers only from a rather poor English translation, which at times stutters and spoils the flow of the book. If not for the translation I'd have rated this book 5 stars.

Paperback edition
23rd February 2008
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“Have Mercy on Us All”

Stumbled on Fred Vargas by accident and absolutely adore her writing style and humour. The quirkiness and imperfections of the characters really help you to believe in them and care what happens to them. I will read... More

Paperback edition
26th May 2009
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