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By Fred Vargas

Adamsberg travels to London, the place a regimen convention attracts him right into a hectic 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 inspiration of traveling underneath the Channel. it's the holiday all of them desire, until eventually a macabre and brutal case involves the eye in their colleague Radstock from New Scotland Yard.Just outdoor the baroque and romantic previous Highgate cemetery a pile of trainers is located. now not so unusual in itself, however the sneakers comprise 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drawn in to a path of vampires and vampire-hunters that leads all of them the best way to Serbia, a spot the place the outdated certainties now not observe.

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What did you mean about your hand? ’ Adamsberg shook his head. ‘I don’t know how. If I put my hand on their heads they go to sleep. ’ ‘Yes. And people go to sleep when I’m talking too. ’ ‘Well, do it for this mother cat. Apúrate! ’ Adamsberg couldn’t have cared less about the cat, but he did care about the black look his old neighbour was giving him. He stroked the – very soft – head of the cat since, it was true, he really had no choice. The animal’s panting gradually subsided as his fingers rolled like marbles from its muzzle to its ears.

You’ve no choice,’ said Radstock grimly, opening the driver’s door. ‘I get it,’ said Adamsberg, silencing Danglard with a gesture. The smell was ghastly, the scene was appalling, and even Adamsberg stiffened, standing back a little behind his English colleague. From the ancient shoes, with their cracked leather and trailing laces, projected decomposed ankles, showing dark flesh and white shinbones which had been cleanly chopped off. The only thing that didn’t match Clyde-Fox’s account was that the feet were not trying to get into the cemetery.

What concerned him just now was the possibility of taking a stroll. He was in London, it was a fine evening in June, and he wanted to walk about a bit. The two days of conference he had sat through were beginning to get on his nerves. Staying seated for hours on end was one of the rare experiences that disrupted his habitual calm, and made him undergo the strange state other people called ‘impatience’ or ‘feverishness’, usually foreign to his nature. The previous day he had managed to escape three times, and had explored the surrounding district, after a fashion, committing to memory the brick housefronts, the white columns, the black-and-gold lamp posts.

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