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Das barmherzige Fallbeil
Author: Fred Vargas
Publisher: Limes Verlag
ISBN: 3641175003
Pages: 512
Year: 2015-10-26
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Adamsberg ist zurück, und seine Ermittlungen führen ihn in die blutige Zeit der Französischen Revolution und in die tödliche Kälte Islands ... Innerhalb weniger Tage werden die Leichen einer Mathematiklehrerin und eines reichen Schlossherrn in Paris entdeckt, die vermeintlich Selbstmord begangen haben. Die brutale Szenerie alarmiert zwar die Polizei, doch es scheint keine Verbindung zu geben. Bis Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg auf unauffällige Zeichnungen an beiden Tatorten aufmerksam wird. Kurz darauf stellt sich heraus, dass die Lehrerin vor ihrem Tod dem labilen Sohn des zweiten Toten geschrieben hat. Der Brief führt Adamsberg auf die Spuren einer verhängnisvollen Reise nach Island, die zehn Jahre zuvor stattfand – und von der zwei Personen nicht zurückkamen. Sowie in die Untiefen einer Geheimgesellschaft, die sich Robespierre und der Terrorherrschaft während der Französischen Revolution verschrieben hat. Weitere Menschen sterben, und für Adamsberg beginnt ein Wettrennen gegen die Zeit und einen ebenso wandelbaren wie unbarmherzigen Mörder ...
A Climate of Fear
Author: Fred Vargas
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101992239
Pages: 416
Year: 2017-03-07
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From the #1 bestselling French author and four-time winner of the Crime Writers’ Association’s International Dagger Award "French crime queen's new mystery—her best yet."—The Sunday Times ("Must Reads") A woman is found murdered in her bathtub, and the murder has been made to look like a suicide. But a strange symbol found at the crime scene leads the local police to call Commissaire Adamsberg and his team. When the symbol is found near the body of a second disguised suicide, a pattern begins to emerge: both victims were part of a disastrous expedition to Iceland over ten years ago where a group of tourists found themselves trapped on a deserted island for two weeks, surrounded by a thick, impenetrable fog rumored to be summoned by an ancient local demon. Two of them didn’t make it back alive. But how are the deaths linked to the secretive Association for the Study of the Writings of Maximilien Robespierre? And what does the mysterious symbol signify?
The Vintner's Luck
Author: Elizabeth Knox
Publisher: Victoria University Press
ISBN: 0864736770
Pages: 241
Year: 2014-11-01
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A 19th century French winemaker is visited by a male angel and falls in love. The angel visits him once a year and the friendship leads to a triangle involving the winemaker's wife.
The Ghost Riders of Ordebec
Author: Fred Vargas
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101598743
Pages: 368
Year: 2013-06-25
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A # 1 French and Italian bestseller from the three-time winner of the CWA’s International Dagger Award More than ten million copies of Fred Vargas’s Commissaire Adamsberg mysteries have been sold worldwide. Now, American readers are getting hooked on the internationally bestselling author’s unsettling blend of crime and the supernatural. As the chief of police in Paris’s seventh arrondissement, Commissaire Adamsberg has no jurisdiction in Ordebec. Yet, he cannot ignore a widow’s plea. Her daughter Lina has seen a vision of the Ghost Riders with four nefarious men. According to the thousand-year-old legend, the vision means that the men will soon die a grisly death. When one of them disappears, Adamsberg races to Ordebec, where he becomes entranced by the gorgeous Lina—and embroiled in the small Normandy town’s ancient feud. A Climate of Fear, the latest Commissaire Adamsberg mystery, will soon be available from Penguin.
An Uncertain Place
Author: Fred Vargas
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101558644
Pages: 416
Year: 2011-10-25
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From the #1 bestselling French author and three-time winner of the Crime Writers' Association's International Dagger Award. When Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg, the chief of police in Paris's seventh arrondissement, is called to the scene of a ghastly and highly unusual murder, he thinks it can't have anything to do with the nine pairs of shoes and severed feet discovered outside of London's Highgate Cemetery just a few days earlier. With the help of the murdered man's gifted physician, Adamsberg delves into the victim's disturbed psyche and unexpectedly finds himself on a path that takes him deep into the haunted past of Eastern Europe, where a centuries-old horror has come to life and is claiming victims far and wide. A Climate of Fear, the latest Commissaire Adamsberg mystery, will soon be available from Penguin.
This Night's Foul Work
Author: Fred Vargas
Publisher: Vintage Canada
ISBN: 030736612X
Pages: 416
Year: 2010-04-30
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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 Normandy countryside. Adamsberg’s investigation into these horrible deaths brings him into contact with the attractive Ariane Lagarde –a pathologist who caused him professional grief some twenty-five years ago. There’s also a new lieutenant on the scene, whose ties to Adamsberg’s past create tension and hostility in his present. Vargas has given us another multi-layered, deliciously-paced and thrilling addition to her acclaimed series. This Night’s Foul Work is the finest novel yet from the wonderful Fred Vargas.
Wash This Blood Clean from My Hand
Author: Fred Vargas
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101664509
Pages: 400
Year: 2007-07-31
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From the #1 bestselling author in France. Fred Vargas's books have been published in forty countries and over 10 million copies sold. Three wounds in a perfectly straight line was the bloody signature that marked victims from every corner of France who had been murdered over the course of thirty years. Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg, the chief of police in Paris's 7th Arrondissement, is deeply and personally familiar with the case, and though others were always framed and convicted for these crimes, including his own brother, the Commissaire knows the true identity of the killer—and knows that the murderer died in 1987. All the more disturbing, then, is Adamsberg's discovery one morning of a fresh murder with exactly the same profile...
Hostage
Author: Kristina Ohlsson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476734054
Pages: 400
Year: 2015-11-10
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“Breathtaking.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) Investigative analyst Fredrika Bergman tackles a new case—this time involving the US government—in the next pulse-pounding book in Kristina Ohlsson’s internationally acclaimed crime series. Shortly after a crowded New York-bound Boeing 747 takes off from Stockholm, a bomb threat is found in one of the aircraft’s lavatories. The demands are directed at both the Swedish and US governments. Police superintendent Alex Recht teams up with the energetic and often abrasive Eden Lundell from the security service’s counterterrorism unit to deal with the hijacking. Fredrika Bergman, who is currently working at the Justice Department, returns to the police force to act as a liaison between the government and the police. The investigation team soon realizes that the plot behind the hijacking is far more complex than they initially thought, and they also must battle against the US government’s fear of a new terrorist attack. Now it’s a race against time as Fredrika, Alex, and Eden search for possibilities to save the plane and its passengers. Will they find a solution before the plane runs out of fuel?
Seeking Whom He May Devour
Author: Fred Vargas
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 074328402X
Pages: 289
Year: 2006-11-07
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When the residents of a French Alpine village accuse a beardless local of being a werewolf and killing a sheep breeder, eccentric Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg teams up with his ex-girlfriend, the victim's adopted son, and a shepherd to investigate clues linked to the village's history. Original. 17,500 first printing.
Down a Dark Road
Author: Linda Castillo
Publisher: Minotaur Books
ISBN: 1250121280
Pages: 304
Year: 2017-07-11
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"Eight years ago Joseph King was convicted of murdering his wife and sentenced to life in prison. He was a "fallen" Amish man and, according to local law enforcement, a known drug user with a violent temper. Now King has escaped, and he's headed for Painters Mill. News of a murderer on the loose travels like wildfire and putting Chief of Police Kate Burkholder and her team of officers on edge. A nightmare scenario becomes reality when King shows up with a gun and kidnaps his five children from their Amish uncle's house. He's armed and desperate with nothing left to lose. Fearing for the safety of the children, Kate leaps into action, but her frantic search for a killer leads her into an ambush. When King releases her unharmed, asking her to prove his innocence, she begins to wonder whether the police are hiding something, and she embarks on her own investigation to discover the truth"--
Murderous Mistral
Author: Cay Rademacher
Publisher: Minotaur Books
ISBN: 125011070X
Pages: 288
Year: 2017-09-19
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International Dagger Award shortlisted author of The Murderer in Ruins, Cay Rademacher, delivers a beautifully atmospheric new story with a captivating main character in Murderous Mistral: A Provence Mystery. Capitaine Roger Blanc, an investigator with the anti-corruption-unit of the French Gendarmerie, was a bit too succesfull in his investigations. He finds himself removed from Paris to the south of France, far away from political power. Or so it would seem. The stress is too much for his marriage, and he attempts to manage the break up while trying to settle into his new life in Provence in a 200-year-old, half-ruined house. At the same time, Blanc is tasked with his first murder case: A man with no friends and a lot of enemies, an outsider, was found shot and burned. When a second man dies under suspicious circumstances in the quaint French countryside, the Capitaine from Paris has to dig deep into the hidden, dark undersides of the Provence he never expected to see.
The Chalk Circle Man
Author: Fred Vargas
Publisher: Vintage Canada
ISBN: 0307374033
Pages: 256
Year: 2010-01-05
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Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg is not like other policemen. His methods appear unorthodox in the extreme: he doesn’t search for clues; he ignores obvious suspects and arrests people with iron-clad alibis; he appears permanently distracted. The Chalk Circle Man is the first book featuring Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg, one of the most engaging characters in contemporary detective fiction. When strange, blue chalk circles start appearing overnight on the pavements of Paris, the press take up the story with amusement and psychiatrists trot out their theories. Adamsberg is alone in thinking this is not a game and far from amusing. He insists on being kept informed of new circles and the increasingly bizarre objects which they contain: empty beer cans, four trombones, a pigeon’s foot, four cigarette lighters, a badge proclaiming “I Love Elvis,” a hat, a doll’s head. Adamsberg senses the cruelty that lies behind these seemingly random occurrences. Soon a circle with decidedly less banal contents is discovered: the body of a woman with her throat savagely cut. Adamsberg knows that other murders will follow. From the Hardcover edition.
The Whites
Author: Richard Price, Harry Brandt
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
ISBN: 1429974125
Pages: 352
Year: 2015-02-17
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By the co-writer of the HBO miniseries The Night Of The electrifying tale of a New York City police detective under siege-by an unsolved murder, by his own dark past, and by a violent stalker seeking revenge. Back in the run-and-gun days of the mid-1990s, when a young Billy Graves worked in the South Bronx as part of an aggressive anti-crime unit known as the Wild Geese, he made headlines by accidentally shooting a ten-year-old boy while struggling with an angel-dusted berserker on a crowded street. Branded as a loose cannon by his higher-ups, Billy spent years enduring one dead-end posting after another. Now in his early forties, he has somehow survived and become a sergeant in Manhattan Night Watch, a small team of detectives charged with responding to all post-midnight felonies from Wall Street to Harlem. Mostly, his unit acts as little more than a set-up crew for the incoming shift, but after years in police purgatory, Billy is content simply to do his job. Then comes a call that changes everything: Night Watch is summoned to the four a.m. fatal slashing of a man in Penn Station, and this time Billy's investigation moves beyond the usual handoff to the day tour. And when he discovers that the victim was once a suspect in the unsolved murder of a twelve-year-old boy-a savage case with connections to the former members of the Wild Geese-the bad old days are back in Billy's life with a vengeance, tearing apart enduring friendships forged in the urban trenches and even threatening the safety of his family. Razor-sharp and propulsively written, The Whites introduces Harry Brandt-a new master of American crime fiction.
Have Mercy on Us All
Author: Fred Vargas
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743284011
Pages: 353
Year: 2005-11-08
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When a Parisian town crier receives anonymous, ominous messages warning of an imminent outbreak of the Black Death, genius detective Commissaire Adamsberg and his straight-edged sidekick, Danglard, begin to suspect that the predictions are linked to strange marks that have appeared on doorways, a mystery that is complicated by a suspicious death. Original. 25,00 first printing.
Dog Will Have His Day
Author: Fred Vargas
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448190185
Pages: 256
Year: 2014-04-17
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Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger HOW DO YOU SOLVE A MURDER WITHOUT A BODY? Keeping watch under the windows of the Paris flat belonging to a politician's nephew, ex-special investigator Louis Kehlweiler catches sight of something odd on the pavement. A tiny piece of bone. Human bone, in fact. When Kehlweiler takes his find to the nearest police station, he faces ridicule. Obsessed by the fragment, he follows the trail to the tiny Breton fishing village of Port-Nicolas – in search of a dog. But when he recruits ‘evangelists’ Marc and Mathias to help, they find themselves facing even bigger game. A THREE EVANGELISTS NOVEL

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