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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 thought of traveling underneath the Channel. it's the holiday all of them want, till a macabre and brutal case involves the eye in their colleague Radstock from New Scotland Yard.Just outdoors the baroque and romantic outdated Highgate cemetery a pile of trainers is located. no longer so unusual in itself, however the sneakers include 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are drawn in to a path of vampires and vampire-hunters that leads all of them how you can Serbia, a spot the place the outdated certainties not practice.

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And their leader pronounced an exorcism in front of the open coffin: “Get thee gone, wicked being, bearer of all evil and falsehoods! ”’ Adamsberg opened his eyes wide. ’ said Danglard, slightly combatively. ‘Not this one, I know others. ’ ‘Precisely. There was a great sound of roaring in the vault. ’ Adamsberg shrugged. ’ ‘No, and it didn’t work. Four years later, there was gossip that a nearby house was haunted, an old Victorian house in Gothic style. ’ asked Estalère. ’ asked Adamsberg. ’ ‘I don’t want to get into that,’ muttered Danglard.

The hall was crammed full of police officers, all of whom were displaying much ingenuity in devising a grid intended to ‘harmonise the flow of migrants’, and to cover Europe with a net through whose meshes it would be impossible to slip. Since he had always preferred fluids to solids, the flexible to the rigid, Adamsberg naturally identified with the movements of the ‘flow’ and was inventing ways of outflanking the fortifications which were being perfected under his very eyes. This colleague from New Scotland Yard, DCI Radstock, seemed to know all about nets, but did not seem to be fanatical about their efficiency.

Well, you know now, hombre. And no way will you not care. She’s only managed three so far. One’s dead and two others are still stuck, I can feel their heads. I’ll massage her belly, and you can pull them out. And be careful, gently does it. ’ * * * Anxious and impatient, Lucio was scratching his missing arm by moving his fingers in the air. He had often explained that when he had lost his arm, aged nine, there had been a spider bite on it which he hadn’t finished scratching. And on account of that, the bite was still itching sixty-nine years later, because he hadn’t been able to give it a really good scratch and have done with it.

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