In this frightening and surprising novel, the eccentric, wayward genius of Commissaire Adamsberg is pitted against the deep-rooted mysteries of one Alpine village's history and a very present problem: wolves. Disturbing things have been happening up in the French mountains; more and more sheep are being found with their throats torn out. The evidence points to a wolf of unnatural size and strength. However Suzanne Rosselin thinks it is the work of a werewolf. Then Suzanne is found slaughtered in the same manner. Her friend Camille attempts, with Suzanne's son Soliman and her shephered, Watchee, to find out who, or what, is responsible and they call on Commissaire Adamsberg for help.
'Ingenious. Slick, creepy and full of engaging odd characters, this thriller is a class act' Independent 20041129
'Commissaire Adamsberg must be the most engaging French detective since Maigret.' Scotland on Sunday. 'Poetic, offbeat and gently addictive. Her prose has an unusual deftness, a wry humour. A unique voice' Guardian. 'An intriguing, idiosyncratic voice' Time Out. 'A work of real class - its characters sharp, multi-faceted and original, and it style crisply intelligent' Glasgow Herald
Fred Vargas was born in Paris in 1957. As well as being a best-sellingauthor in France, she is by training an historian and archaeologist.