Have Mercy on Us All
By (author) Fred Vargas
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Have Mercy on Us All by Fred Vargas
Book DescriptionThree times a day in a Parisian square, a curious modern-day crier announces the news items that are left in his box. Over the course of a few days he receives a number of disturbing and portentous messages of malicious intent, all of them referring to the Black Death. Strange marks have also appeared on the doors of several buildings: symbols once used to ward off the plague. Detective Commissaire Adamsberg begins to sense a connection, even a grotesque menace. Then charged and flea-bitten corpses are found. The press seizes on their plague-like symptoms, and the panic sets in.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099453642
(198mm x 129mm x 21mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 7-Oct-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Fred Vargas
Climate of Fear, Paperback (July 2016)
A woman is found murdered in her bathtub, and the murder made to look like a suicide. A strange symbol is found near the body. Then a second victim is discovered, who was also part of a group of tourists on a doomed expedition to Iceland ten years earlier. How are these deaths, and rumours of an Icelandic demon linked?
Dog Will Have His Day, Paperback (April 2015)
Keeping watch under the windows of the Paris flat belonging to a politician's nephew, ex-special investigator Louis Kehlweiler catches sight of something odd on the pavement. A tiny piece of bone. Human bone, in fact. When Kehlweiler takes his find to the nearest police station, he faces ridicule. Obsessed by the fragment, he follows the trail...
Ghost Riders of Ordebec, Paperback (February 2014)
'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.
Uncertain Place, Paperback (April 2012)» View all books by Fred Vargas
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.
US Kirkus Review » A French bestseller wonders whether modern Paris is in for another round of the plague. Commissaire Adamsburg, a quirky officer who thinks outside the box, gets a hint of looming trouble when he receives complaints about large reversed number fours painted on doors all over Paris. Joss Le Guern, a modern town crier, begins reading some very strange messages in his thrice daily reports-messages that pique the curiosity of ex-schoolteacher Decambrais, who tracks down the sources to ancient treatises on the plague. Shortly after these three get together, strangled, naked bodies covered with charcoal and flea bites begin to appear. Their disturbing suggestion of the Black Death, however misleading, is a hint that perhaps more than one person is involved, since the letters to Le Guern indicate an educated person with deep knowledge of the plague. Panic spreads throughout Paris and eventually other cities as people buy into the plague theory despite official denials. Meanwhile, Adamsburg haunts Le Guern's square, seeking suspects among the intriguing neighborhood eccentrics. A combination of scholarship and intuitive police work lead to a surprising solution. Captivating characters, historical oddities and clever plotting all add up to a scintillating tale. Mystery fans will be avidly seeking more from Vargas (Seeking Whom He May Devour, not reviewed, etc.). (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Fred Vargas
Fred Vargas was born in Paris in 1957. As well as being a best-selling author in France, she is an historian and archaeologist.
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