In the new novel from France's bestselling crime writer, Inspector Adamsberg investigates a series of strange murders linked to a secretive society
THE NEW INSPECTOR ADAMSBERG NOVEL
Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger 2017
A woman is found dead in her bath. The murder has been disguised as a suicide and a strange symbol is discovered at the scene.
Then the symbol is observed near a second victim, who ten years earlier had also taken part in a doomed expedition to Iceland.
How are these deaths, and rumours of an Icelandic demon, linked to a secretive local society? And what does the mysterious sign mean? Commissaire Adamsberg is about to find out.
“French crime queen's new mystery – her best yet.”
“[Vargas] has won the CWA international dagger four times, confirming her place in the top rank of contemporary crime writers... [A Climate of Fear] is easily the best thing she has ever done... The idea of history repeating itself is at the heart of this stunning novel, which confirms Vargas’ fine understanding of the unchanging nature of human passions.”
“A reminder that Fred Vargas is one of the most entertainingly eccentric of all current European crime writers... [It] demonstrates why Vargas is so highly esteemed... Highly impressive.”
Barry Forshaw, Independent
“Vargas writes with strength, erudition and unique imagination... In the crowded world of crime fiction, she's a valuable one-off. A Climate of Fear is one of her best.”
Marcel Berlins, The Times
“A rich and remarkable work that may be her masterpiece.”
Woman & Home
“Vargas is assured in the way she marshals her narrative elements around a fascinating exploration of how a corrupted group dynamic can parlay historical horrors into contemporary crimes.”
Diarmuid Doyle, Today FM