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An Uncertain Place by Fred Vargas

By Fred Vargas

Adamsberg travels to London, the place a regimen convention attracts him right into a demanding 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 suggestion of vacationing underneath the Channel. it's the holiday all of them want, until eventually a macabre and brutal case involves the eye in their colleague Radstock from New Scotland Yard.Just outdoors the baroque and romantic outdated Highgate cemetery a pile of boots is located.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, 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 how one can Serbia, a spot the place the previous certainties now not follow.

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He says there was some Frenchman once who tried to eat a wardrobe. Actually there was. ’ ‘Ah, that’s normal,’ said Estalère, who often chose exactly the wrong expression. ‘There was this man I heard about, he ate an aeroplane, and it took him a year. Just a year. ’ Radstock nodded gravely. Adamsberg had noticed that he liked to make solemn pronouncements. He sometimes came out with long sentences which – from their tone – were passing judgement on the whole of humanity and its probable nature, good or bad, angelic or devilish.

At this point, the commandant seemed to have attained a state of bliss, almost to have taken wing, his usually shambling body gaining stature, his drooping shoulders squared, displaying a posture which almost made him impressive. Perhaps he was nursing a plan to retire one day with this new-found friend, and go fishing for something or other in the northern loch. Radstock was taking advantage of Danglard’s bonhomie to describe to him what it was like working in Scotland Yard, but he was also regaling him with a string of the kind of ‘spicy’ stories he thought suitable for his French guests.

I get it,’ said Adamsberg, silencing Danglard with a gesture. The smell was ghastly, the scene was appalling, and even Adamsberg stiffened, standing back a little behind his English colleague. From the ancient shoes, with their cracked leather and trailing laces, projected decomposed ankles, showing dark flesh and white shinbones which had been cleanly chopped off. The only thing that didn’t match Clyde-Fox’s account was that the feet were not trying to get into the cemetery. They were just there, on the pavement, terrible and provocative, sitting inside their shoes at the historic gateway to Highgate Cemetery.

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