An Uncertain Place by Fred Vargas

By Fred Vargas

Adamsberg travels to London, the place a regimen convention attracts him right into a traumatic investigation.Commissaire Adamsberg leaves Paris for a three-day convention in London. With him are a tender sergeant, Estalère, and Commandant Danglard, who's terrified on the inspiration of vacationing underneath the Channel. it's the holiday all of them desire, until eventually a macabre and brutal case involves the eye in their colleague Radstock from New Scotland Yard.Just open air the baroque and romantic outdated Highgate cemetery a pile of boots is located. now not so unusual in itself, however the footwear comprise severed toes. As Scotland Yard's research starts off, Adamsberg and his colleagues go back domestic and are faced with a bloodbath in a suburban domestic. Adamsberg and Danglard are drawn in to a path of vampires and vampire-hunters that leads all of them easy methods to Serbia, a spot the place the previous certainties not practice.

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Staying seated for hours on end was one of the rare experiences that disrupted his habitual calm, and made him undergo the strange state other people called ‘impatience’ or ‘feverishness’, usually foreign to his nature. The previous day he had managed to escape three times, and had explored the surrounding district, after a fashion, committing to memory the brick housefronts, the white columns, the black-and-gold lamp posts. He had taken a few steps into a little street called St John’s Mews, though heaven only knew how you were meant to pronounce ‘Mews’.

Puffing, he pointed to the departure gate, and set off back in that direction. As he followed without haste, Adamsberg tried to recall what colour the cat had been. White with grey patches? Ginger patches? ’ remarked Detective Chief Inspector Radstock, in English, to his Parisian colleagues. ’ asked Adamsberg. ‘He said we get weird things happening back home as well,’ Danglard translated. ‘Very true,’ said Adamsberg, without taking much interest in the conversation. What concerned him just now was the possibility of taking a stroll.

Clems cut him off. ’ ‘In that case, hold your tongue and keep your distance, Radstock,’ Clems ordered him. ’ Danglard might look passive but he was not a calm man, and few nuances in the English language escaped him, despite Radstock’s precautions. His defence of Adamsberg was unwavering, except for any criticisms he might formulate himself. He snatched the mobile from Radstock’s hand and introduced himself to the superintendent, walking away from the smell of decaying feet. It appeared to Adamsberg that gradually the man at the other end of the line was turning into a better potential fishing companion than Radstock.

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