Each day in honour of a Parisian tradition, a town crier calls out the local news to all who will listen. Over the course of a few days a number of disturbing messages are slipped into his box, messages of portentous and malicious intent referring to the Black Death. Strange marks have also appeared on the doors of several buildings: symbols once used to ward off the plague. Detective Commissaire Adamsberg begins to sense a connection, even a grotesque menace. Then charred and flea-bitten corpses are found. The press seizes on their plague-like symptoms, and the panic sets in.
Author Bio:Fred Vargas was born in Paris in 1957. As well as being a best-selling author in France, she is a historian and archaeologist by training.
|Series:||Commissaire Adamsberg Series , #3|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.19(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Fred Vargas was born in Paris in 1957. As well as being a best-selling author in France, she is a historian and archaeologist by training.
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Over fourteen years ago, Joss Le Guern complained to the ship owner that the vessel he captained Nor¿easter was unsafe. He was told he is to do his job or someone else will. The ship breaks apart an angry Joss survives and breaks the leg of the owner. Joss is convicted of assault and battery and attempted murder he spends nine months in prison and his sailing career is over. After spending the next seven years as a drunk, Joss becomes a Parisian town crier. For the past seven years, three times a day he collects messages from his box and calls out the news. However, the message he finds this time claims the Black Death is coming. He takes the note to Chief Inspector Adamsberg, who assumes a hoax is being played on the crier that opinion changes when he and his subordinate Danglard notice ¿hex¿ signs used during the Middle Ages to ward off the disease appearing on doors and a corpse that displays the symptoms of the Plague. Adamsberg takes the threats seriously hoping to stop the Black Death from devastating Paris. --- HAVE MERCY ON US is a strong translation of a French police procedural thriller. Once Adamsberg realizes the biological terror is potentially real, the pace never slows down. Joss is a terrific character struggling as all whistleblowers seem to dio when they act courageously and challenge authority for behaving illegal or amoral, but in his case guilt leaves him a shadow of himself until now. Adamsberg and Danglard are terrific cops confronting a lethal unknown enemy with no time to spare. Fred Vargas writes a strong thriller that translates quite nicely into a one-sitting adrenalin read. --- Harriet Klausner
Fred Vargas books and her colorful characters are a welcome change if you are looking for a writer with stories taking place outside of the United States but with less violence than oftentimes with the Scandinavian authors. Begin with the first in the series if you have an opportunity.