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Severed feet are found outside Highgate Cemetery; a violent murder is committed in Paris - can Commissaire Adamsberg unravel the links between these two cases?

Three-times winner of the CWA International Dagger for Crime Fiction Commissaire Adamsberg has left Paris for a police conference in London, accompanied by anglophile Commandant Danglard and Estalere, a young sergeant. The city offers a welcome change of scenery until a gruesome discovery is made - just outside the gates of Highgate Cemetery a pile of shoes, all containing severed feet, is found. Returning to Paris, the three men are then confronted with the violent killing and dismemberment of a wealthy, elderly man. Both the dead man's son and gardener have motives for murder, but soon another candidate for the killing emerges. As Adamsberg investigates the links between these two unsettling crimes, he puts himself at terrible risk


Frederique Vargas['s]...imaginative characters put most of America's top-rated crime writers to shame


Wonderfully intricate and gothic

Jane Jakeman, Independent

An Uncertain Place is full of wit and invention, with a plot that satisfies both intellect and emotion

Annabella Bankhouse, Times Literary Supplement

As ever, Vargas's characters inhabit a world where reason and myth collide, and the result is a thrilling read

Joan Smith, Sunday Times

This is crime fiction writing at its most intriguing

Marie Claire

Only one's dreams after a champagne-fuelled night at the Follies Bergere have quite the same nightmarish-but-entertaining quality as Vargas's delightful crime novels

Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph



[Vargas is] one of the most exciting, addictive and inventive purveyor of classy crime fiction currently pounding the publishing beat... It it a highly entertaining policier but more importantly, as with Conan Doyle, the wacky world Vargas shapes is oddly reassuring: a great remedy to a grey day

Christian House, Indepedent on Sunday

A thrilling read

Sunday Times

One of today's few truly original writers of crime fiction: disturbing, unruly, droll and poetic

Marcel Berlins, The Times

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    June 1, 2012


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    June 1, 2011

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