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  • Published: 1 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446468166
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 416

An Uncertain Place

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.

  • Published: 1 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446468166
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 416

About the author

Fred Vargas

Fred Vargas was born in Paris in 1957. A historian and archaeologist by profession, she is now a bestselling novelist. Her books have sold over 10 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 45 languages.

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Praise for An Uncertain Place

Wonderfully intricate and Gothic


This is the seventh outing for Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg, Fred Vargas's thoughtful, laid-back police chief, and the series shows no signs of flagging; An Uncertain Place is full of wit and invention, with a plot that satisfies both intellect and emotion.

Annabella Bankhouse, Times Literary Supplement

With its idiosyncratic detective and taut plot, this is crime fiction writing at its most intriguing.

Marie Claire

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

Joan Smith, Sunday Times

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

Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph

Vargas [is] the most exciting, addictive and inventive purveyor of classy crime fiction currently pounding the publishing beat. An Uncertain Place...is 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, Independent on Sunday

Bizarre crimes drive Vargas's excellent sixth Commissaire Adamsberg mystery...Vargas, who's won the CWA International Dagger three times, keeps her zany plot under tight control all the way to the surprising finish.

Publishers Weekly

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

Marcel Berlins, The Times

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