Adamsberg travels to London, where a routine conference draws him into a disturbing investigation
Commissaire Adamsberg leaves Paris for a three-day conference in London. With him are a young sergeant, Estalère, and Commandant Danglard, who is terrified at the idea of travelling beneath the Channel. It is the break they all need, until a macabre and brutal case comes to the attention of their colleague Radstock from New Scotland Yard.
Just outside the baroque and romantic old Highgate cemetery a pile of shoes is found. Not so strange in itself, but the shoes contain severed feet. As Scotland Yard's investigation begins, Adamsberg and his colleagues return home and are confronted with a massacre in a suburban home. Adamsberg and Danglard are drawn in to a trail of vampires and vampire-hunters that leads them all the way to Serbia, a place where the old certainties no longer apply.
“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.”
“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.”
“One of today's few truly original writers of crime fiction: disturbing, unruly, droll and poetic.”
Marcel Berlins, The Times