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France’s bestselling crime writer, and three-time winner of the CWA International Dagger, sends the quirky and original Commissaire Adamsberg far outside his jurisdication in a chilling tale of evil-doers who disappear after visitations from a band of ghostly horsemen

‘People will die,’ says the panic-stricken woman outside police headquarters.

She refuses to speak to anyone besides Commissaire Adamsberg. Her daughter has seen a vision: ghostly horsemen who target the most nefarious characters in Normandy. Since the middle ages there have been stories of murderers, rapists, those with serious crimes on their conscience, meeting a grisly end following a visitation by the riders.

Soon after the young woman’s vision a notoriously vicious and cruel man disappears. Although the case is far outside his jurisdiction, Adamsberg agrees to investigate the strange happenings in a village terrorised by wild rumours and ancient feuds.

Reviews

This latest outing for the offbeat Commissaire Adamsberg is [Vargas'] best

Independent

After decades in which crime fiction in French was dominated by the Belgian author Georges Simenon, it has an indisputable new star in Fred Vargas

Joan Smith, Sunday Times

Vargas depicts brilliantly a rural community riven with superstition, where class distinctions have existed for centuries

The Times

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  • Paperback

    9780099569558

    April 1, 2014

    Vintage

    432 pages

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  • EBook

    9781446485071

    March 7, 2013

    Vintage Digital

    432 pages

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