An Uncertain Place by Fred Vargas

By Fred Vargas

Adamsberg travels to London, the place a regimen convention attracts him right into a traumatic investigation.Commissaire Adamsberg leaves Paris for a three-day convention in London. With him are a tender sergeant, Estalère, and Commandant Danglard, who's terrified on the thought of vacationing underneath the Channel. it's the holiday all of them desire, till a macabre and brutal case involves the eye in their colleague Radstock from New Scotland Yard.Just open air the baroque and romantic outdated Highgate cemetery a pile of boots is located. now not so unusual in itself, however the footwear include severed ft. As Scotland Yard's research starts, Adamsberg and his colleagues go back domestic and are faced with a bloodbath in a suburban domestic. Adamsberg and Danglard are drawn in to a path of vampires and vampire-hunters that leads all of them find out how to Serbia, a spot the place the previous certainties not follow.

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Danglard knows everything,’ Estalère explained contentedly from the back of the car. Sitting next to his young colleague on the back seat, Adamsberg was listening to the conversation, picking up the odd word. It was clear that Danglard knew quantities of things about this ‘Highgate’, of which he, Adamsberg, was quite ignorant. That was normal, as long as you regarded the prodigious extent of Danglard’s knowledge as normal. Commandant Danglard was very different from what might be called a ‘normal educated man’.

He asked. Adamsberg nodded and turned back to Danglard. ’ ‘Another sixteen minutes. ’ ‘But logically,’ Estalère said hesitantly, ‘if the uncle was inside the bear … and the nephew …’ He stopped and looked down again, puzzled and scratching his blond head. Danglard sighed, whether for the sixteen minutes, or the ghastly feet, which he would rather leave far behind, forgetting all about the cemetery gate in Highgate. Or because Estalère, who was as slow-witted as he was curious, was the only member of the squad unable to distinguish between the valuable and the pointless among Adamsberg’s remarks.

Because it’s Highgate,’ said the chief inspector through gritted teeth. Danglard gave a start, feeling cross with himself. His intense speculation about the woman at the conference had prevented him reacting to the name ‘Highgate’. He looked up as if to reply, but Radstock cut him off with a wave of the hand. ‘No, Donglarde, you wouldn’t understand,’ he said in the sad, bitter and resigned tones of an old soldier, who can’t expect other people to share his war memories. ‘You weren’t at Highgate.

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