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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 vacationing 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 open air the baroque and romantic previous Highgate cemetery a pile of trainers is located. now not so unusual in itself, however the footwear 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 tips to Serbia, a spot the place the previous certainties not follow.

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Asked Estalère, suddenly waking up. ‘This guy’s uncle was on an ice floe,’ Adamsberg told him. ‘About a hundred years ago. All that was left of him were his glasses and his shoelaces. And this nephew was fond of his uncle. So he flipped. ’ commented Estalère. ‘Yes, but then he brought the bearskin back to Geneva, and gave it to his aunt, the widow. Who put it in her sitting room. Danglard, your colleague Stock gave you an envelope at the station. ’ ‘Radstock, yes,’ said Danglard gloomily, still looking up at the ceiling of the carriage and watching out for the weight of the sea.

He snatched the mobile from Radstock’s hand and introduced himself to the superintendent, walking away from the smell of decaying feet. It appeared to Adamsberg that gradually the man at the other end of the line was turning into a better potential fishing companion than Radstock. ‘As you say,’ said Danglard sharply. ‘Nothing personal, Commandant Danglard,’ said Clems. ‘I’m not trying to excuse Radstock, but he was there thirty years ago. ’ ‘Nothing worse than things from a long time ago, as you well know.

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. Lucio nodded his approval. ’ Adamsberg gently removed his hand, wiped it on some wet grass and backed away quietly. As he went up the escalator at the Gare du Nord, he could still feel something sticky drying on his fingers and under his nails.

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