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The Chalk Circle Man

by Fred Vargas

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The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas
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  • Published Jun 2009
    256 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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The debut mystery in the internationally bestselling Commissaire Adamsberg series—now available for the first time in the United States

Fred Vargas's Commissaire Adamsberg mysteries are a sensation in France, consistently praised for their intelligence, wit, and macabre imagination. This first novel in the series introduces the unorthodox detective Commissaire Adamsberg—one of the most engaging characters in contemporary crime fiction.

When blue chalk circles begin to appear on the pavement in neighborhoods around Paris, Adamsberg is alone in thinking that they are far from amusing. As he studies each new circle and the increasingly bizarre objects they contain—empty beer cans, four trombones, a pigeon’s foot, a doll’s head—he senses the cruelty that lies within whoever is responsible. And when a circle is discovered with decidedly less banal contents—a woman with her throat slashed—Adamsberg knows that this is just the beginning.

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"Later installments ramp up the contrast between Vargas' comic touch and his dark themes, but as a stage-setter, this one is required reading for series devotees." - Booklist

"Adamsberg's indirect approach, his ability to sense cruelty and to let solutions percolate to the surface make him one of the more intriguing police detectives in a long time." - Publishers Weekly

"As droll and fascinating as la ville lumiere itself." - Kirkus Reviews.

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Fred Vargas

Fred Vargas (a pseudonym of Frédérique Audoin-Rouzeau) is a historian, an archaeologist, and a bestselling, award-winning novelist. This is the sixth Commissaire Adamsberg novel to be published in the USA, but actually the first in the series, originally published in France in 1990. There are currently eight books in the series.

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