"On the outskirts of Paris, two men have been found with their throats cut. It is assumed that this is a drug-related incident of the kind so often uncovered in that area of town. But Adamsberg is convinced that there is more to it. Anxious to keep control of the case, he must call in a favour from the pathologist Ariane Lagarde, someone he had come up against twenty-three years previously. The trail also leads Adamsberg to a cemetery, where a grave has been disturbed with no apparent motive. Could this be the work of the elderly nurse a serial killer caught by Adamsberg two years ago and recently escaped from prison? Meanwhile a new lieutenant has been assigned to the team. There is something disquieting about him, not least when it emerges that he is from a neighbouring village in the Pyrenees, known for its feuds with Adamsberg s own childhood home. This Night s Foul Work is another riveting case for that most engaging of contemporary detectives, Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg, and another triumph from the redoubtable Fred Vargas."
A new mystery for Adamsberg, a fantastic new novel from Fred Vargas
Shortlisted for CWA Duncan Lawrie International Dagger 2008.
'Stylish prose and strong characters'" "James Urquhart," Financial Times" 'Humorous and original eccentricity' "The Herald" 'If you haven't cottoned on to Vargas's brilliant Adamsberg detective series, then you're missing a treat' Stuart Kelly, "Scotland on Sunday" 'This Night's Foul Work" "goes beyond the suspense and plot twists expected of detective fiction as Vargas has created enthralling characters with very real emotions'"-""French Magazine" 'I absolutely loved the latest offering from Vargas. The story is bizarre but the humour and lightness in the way it's written make it seem convincing in this alternative Adamsberg universe' -EuroCrime.co.uk" "'The narrative pace and the conglomeration of oddities and details make for a high level of entertainment and mystery' -Bookbag.co.uk 'In theory, Fred Vargas's novels ought not to work. The storylines are, almost always, wholly unbelievable. The characters, with few exceptions, are weird, exaggerated and unconvincing. And yet, when she assembles her unique, unreal mixture, what emerges is irresistibly gripping, powerfully written and quite often frightening' -Marcel Berlins, "The Times" Praise for Wash This Blood Clean from My Hand: "A celebration of the grand French tradition of crime writing. . . . It's finely crafted, elegantly written and very modernist." - "The Globe and Mail" "Plenty of tense entertainment." - "Toronto Star" "Wash This Blood Clean from My Hand establishes Vargas beyond doubt as a cool, clever, original and deeply humane crime writer." - "The Times Literary Supplement" "From the Hardcover edition."
Fred Vargas was born in Paris in 1957. As well as being a best-selling author in France, she is an historian and archaeologist.