The Ghost Riders of Ordebec (Commissaire Adamsberg Series #7) [NOOK Book]


A # 1 French and Italian bestseller from the three-time winner of the CWA’s International Dagger Award
More than ten million copies of Fred Vargas’s Commissaire Adamsberg mysteries have been sold worldwide. Now, American readers are getting hooked on the internationally bestselling author’s unsettling blend of crime and the supernatural.
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The Ghost Riders of Ordebec (Commissaire Adamsberg Series #7)

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A # 1 French and Italian bestseller from the three-time winner of the CWA’s International Dagger Award
More than ten million copies of Fred Vargas’s Commissaire Adamsberg mysteries have been sold worldwide. Now, American readers are getting hooked on the internationally bestselling author’s unsettling blend of crime and the supernatural.
            As the chief of police in Paris’s seventh arrondissement, Commissaire Adamsberg has no jurisdiction in Ordebec. Yet, he cannot ignore a widow’s plea. Her daughter Lina has seen a vision of the Ghost Riders with four nefarious men. According to the thousand-year-old legend, the vision means that the men will soon die a grisly death. When one of them disappears, Adamsberg races to Ordebec, where he becomes entranced by the gorgeous Lina—and embroiled in the small Normandy town’s ancient feud.

Co-winner of the 2013 CWA International Dagger Award

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Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post - Richard Lipez
Halfway into the eighth Commissaire Adamsberg policier, Adrien Danglard, the deputy to the head of the Paris Serious Crimes Squad, tells his boss what he thinks of an unusually eccentric household of homicide suspects in a Norman village: "Could be a whole family of killers, self-contained, sheltered from the outside world. All of them with a screw loose, they've been badly abused, they're wild, incredibly talented and very engaging." Except for the sheltered and abused parts, Officer Danglard could have been describing his creator, Fred Vargas. Of course, Vargas…has a screw loose only in the sense that her mysteries are darkly whimsical—magical realism with its feet on the ground in a highly entertaining French way.
Publishers Weekly
As shown in Vargas’s exquisite seventh Commissaire Adamsberg mystery (after 2011’s An Uncertain Place), only Christopher Fowler’s Peculiar Crimes Unit can compare with the Paris policeman’s eccentric colleagues in the Serious Crime Squad, who include a narcoleptic, a walking encyclopedia, and a naturalist. Valentine Vendermot, a widow who lives in the Normandy town of Ordebec, seeks out Adamsberg to report the disappearance of neighbor Michel Herbier, an unpleasant retiree who likes to hunt pregnant animals. Vendermot is concerned because one night her grown-up daughter, Lina, saw the legendary Ghost Riders of the title carrying Herbier and three others, two of whom Lina recognized. This vision, according to Vendermot, foretells disaster. Although the case is out of his jurisdiction, Adamsberg follows his instincts to Normandy, where he ends up investigating multiple murders. Vargas’s combination of humor and fair-play plotting, reminiscent of John Dickson Carr, has never been better. (July)
Kirkus Reviews
Commissaire Adamsberg ventures out of his Parisian jurisdiction to investigate a crime as offbeat as he is. During a heat wave, veteran police inspector Adamsberg (An Uncertain Place, 2011, etc.) uses his considerable deductive powers to nail an eerily calm widower for the murder of his wife, her body still cooling in the home they shared. Back at the station house, he's barely had a chance to rest on his laurels when a tiny but compelling woman arrives from Normandy to implore him for help. The widow Madame Vendermont, from the village of Ordebec, begins somewhat evasively reporting the disappearance of her neighbor Michel Herbier, who's vanished along with one of his favorite shotguns. He was "seized," the woman volunteers, by the infamous mounted quartet of Vargas' title. She knows this because of the legends and because her daughter Lina has seen it. Adamsberg is intrigued as much by the singular storyteller as her story, and after learning more of the lore surrounding this "Furious Army" from his tippling assistant, Danglard, he decides to investigate, with Danglard as wingman. The police pair from the city and the Ordebec oddballs, who give new meaning to the phrase "local color," seem equally bemused by one another. A series of bloody murders follows, linked to local fear of the riders. Adamsberg's brilliance and outsider's perspective prove invaluable in untangling the intricate puzzle, whose components include village history, sugar cubes and a running boar. Lively dialogue, well-defined characters and a sophisticated sense of humor add up to delightfully intelligent entertainment.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101598740
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/25/2013
  • Series: Commissaire Adamsberg Series , #7
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 313,614
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Fred Vargas is an archaeologist, a historian, and an internationally bestselling author. She lives in Paris.

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  • Posted July 12, 2013

    Recommended for those who enjoy an unusual story

    Such good writing and meandering stories. The Ghost Riders tale takes us into rural areas of France where old legends still take hold once in a while. Vargas again makes us believe in using our minds to figure out the who and the why of a crime.

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