Search Results: "Fred Vargas"


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HAVE MERCY ON US ALL by Fred Vargas
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 3, 2005

"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.)."
A French bestseller wonders whether modern Paris is in for another round of the plague. Read full book review >

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SEEKING WHOM HE MAY DEVOUR by Fred Vargas
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 7, 2006

"Vargas has created a notably intriguing policeman in Adamsberg (Have Mercy on Us All, 2005), whose story this time draws you in and keeps you guessing until the dazzling dénouement."
The inhabitants of the Alpes-Maritimes region of France live in fear as sheep and humans alike are ravaged by what appears to be an enormous wolf. Read full book review >

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THE CHALK CIRCLE MAN by Fred Vargas
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2009

"As droll and fascinating as la ville lumière itself."
An eccentric Parisian killer baffles professional and amateur sleuths alike. Read full book review >

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THE GHOST RIDERS OF ORDEBEC by Fred Vargas
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 25, 2013

"Lively dialogue, well-defined characters and a sophisticated sense of humor add up to delightfully intelligent entertainment."
Commissaire Adamsberg ventures out of his Parisian jurisdiction to investigate a crime as offbeat as he is. Read full book review >

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A CLIMATE OF FEAR by Fred Vargas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"The intricate eighth installment in this Parisian series delights with its interesting characters, engaging dialogue, and infectious sense of curiosity about the lives of others."
A pair of suspicious suicides are linked to each other and to the "godforsaken rock" that irrevocably changed the victims' lives a decade ago. Read full book review >

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THIS NIGHT’S FOUL WORK by Fred Vargas
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2008

"A sub-par performance by a popular French writer (Wash This Blood Clean from My Hand, 2007, etc.) who this time out seems unduly charmed by her own eccentricity."
When two thugs are found with their throats cut, the local narcs claim the case, but as usual Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg knows better. Read full book review >

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WASH THIS BLOOD CLEAN FROM MY HAND by Fred Vargas
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Another of Vargas's powerful explorations of unusual crimes (Seeking Whom He May Devour, 2006, etc.): first-class from start to finish."
A 30-year sequence of murders continues to haunt Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg, who's very personally involved. Read full book review >

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AN UNCERTAIN PLACE by Fred Vargas
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Adamsberg's seventh outing bubbles entertainingly along via the chemistry of its recurring cast and the author's knack for creating colorful minor characters."
A brilliant Parisian sleuth untangles a grisly English crime with links to a French murder. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 20, 2012

"A practical, helpful guide to fit any budget and help readers make their own dietary decisions."
Vargas' debut self-help guide offers a diagnosis of modern-day food problems, along with easy-to-follow solutions and expertly articulated advice on habits, choices and healthy daily practices. Read full book review >

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THE LANGUAGE OF PASSION by Mario Vargas Llosa
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 1, 2003

"Vargas Llosa's many admirers will share that pleasure with this fine collection."
Reviews, travel journalism, and assorted feuilletons from the noted Peruvian novelist (The Feast of the Goat, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE FEAST OF THE GOAT by Mario Vargas Llosa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"A landmark in Latin American fiction."
The Peruvian master (The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto, 1998, etc.) now turns to the bloody reign (1930-61) of the Dominican Republic's dictatorial president Rafael Trujillo—and its aftermath. Read full book review >

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CAST AWAY ON THE LETTER A by Fred
Kirkus Star
by Fred, illustrated by Fred, translated by Richard Kutner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Not since Carroll's Alice has there been such a marvelous and incredible adventure. (visual glossary, index, maps) (Graphic fantasy. 7-12)
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A charming French import first published in 1972 and now translated into English for the first time about a boy who falls down a well and finds himself in a strange, whimsical world. Read full book review >