"People will die," says the panic-stricken woman outside police headquarters. She has been standing in blazing sunshine for more than an hour, and 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 grizzly end following a visitation by the riders.
Soon after the young woman’s vision a notoriously cruel man disappears, and the local police dismiss the matter as superstition. 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.
©2013 Viviane Hamy (P)2013 Random House AudioGo
Odd, engaging and imaginative.
Vargas always gets me in the end. Although I'm rather astute at guessing who did it, I never quite get it right with Vargas--there's always a twist that catches me unawares. I can't recommend her books highly enough.
"A delight to read"
This is the second Fred Vargas I've read and I hope the other Commissaire Adamsberg books are put on audio soon. David Rintoul is a great narrator.The characters are interesting and engaging. It's different and quirky so I struggle to compare this author with anyone else. The plot was intriguing, two main story lines both of which were interesting. No loose ends on completion of the book. A delightful book which I can recommend.
brilliant entertaining read with lots of circumlocutionary thoughts and talks which was a joy !the French do it differently. (fred vargas is a French author ) . enjoyable story and memorable characters
"Very, very odd"
People who enjoy bizarre, ambling scripts with characters you can't empathise with
The characters were very wooden and the plot was pretty thin on the ground
you could have cast Bob Cat Goldthwaite and it wouldn't have made it any more or less interesting
This is the only audiobook I have ever failed to finish. I persevered for 2 thirds of it and just couldn't take any more. It really felt like it had been translated from French to English and no concession had been made to the idiosyncrasies of the two languages.
"What a load of drivel"
Do not buy this audiobook. I've no idea how it shared the Crime Writers Association foreign novel award. The story is the most misconstrued rubbish, the translation was terrible and the delivery totally flat.
I understand you can't just have a detective story - without the lead detective having some peculiar trait. They're either a bobby with a hobby or they're either alcoholics or widowers after a dreadful crime or gamblers or failed cooks but in this story all of his bloody crew had some terrible trait that the author insists on expanding on at length, whether they were trivia geniuses, bulimia sufferers, experts on fish. Fish, FFS!!! Do me a favour!
There is no saving this book.
Maybe, but I couldn't finish it. Honestly, I've always been able to finish a book until now, even if I'd lost interest in the story or characters or author. But this was too bad.
Save your money
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