From the #1 bestselling French author and three-time winner of the Crime Writers' Association's International Dagger Award.
When Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg, the chief of police in Paris's seventh arrondissement, is called to the scene of a ghastly and highly unusual murder, he thinks it can't have anything to do with the nine pairs of shoes and severed feet discovered outside of London's Highgate Cemetery just a few days earlier. With the help of the murdered man's gifted physician, Adamsberg delves into the victim's disturbed psyche and unexpectedly finds himself on a path that takes him deep into the haunted past of Eastern Europe, where a centuries-old horror has come to life and is claiming victims far and wide.
About the Author
Fred Vargas est nee en 1957 a Paris. Archeologue de formation, elle est reperee lors de la selection du Prix du premier roman du Festival de Cognac qu elle obtient avec "Les jeux de l amour et de la mort" publie au Masque en 1986. Sa serie mettant en scene le commissaire Adamsberg et son second l inspecteur Danglard, lui a valu une reconnaissance et un succes internationaux.
William Kidd is Reader in French Studies at the University of Stirling. Sian Reynolds is Professor of French Studies at the University of Stirling.