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By Fred Vargas

Adamsberg travels to London, the place a regimen convention attracts him right into a demanding 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 proposal 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 previous Highgate cemetery a pile of boots is located. no longer so unusual in itself, however the sneakers include severed ft. As Scotland Yard's research starts off, 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 on how to Serbia, a spot the place the previous certainties now not practice.

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But Stock knows it, commandant. So we ought to know about it too. ’ ‘No, we saw it too. ’ ‘Eighteen sixty-two,’ said Danglard with extreme reluctance. ’ ‘That year, a certain Elizabeth Siddal, known as Lizzie, was buried there. She’d overdosed on laudanum. A kind of dope they had in Victorian times,’ he added, for Estalère’s benefit. ’ ‘Her husband was a famous man, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, a Pre-Raphaelite painter and a poet. ’ ‘It’s not long till we get there,’ said Estalère, looking suddenly alarmed.

Ah, I see. ’ asked Adamsberg, genuinely surprised. ‘How would I know? I’d have to ask her. And I’d have to know whether I could ask her. ’ Adamsberg sighed, giving up the struggle when faced with Danglard’s intellectual ramblings. ‘Well, she certainly has something serious going on inside her head,’ he began again. ’ asked Radstock in French, exasperated by the other two excluding him from their conversation, and in particular realising that the little commissaire with dark untidy hair had guessed at his fear.

Asked Adamsberg. ‘He said we get weird things happening back home as well,’ Danglard translated. ‘Very true,’ said Adamsberg, without taking much interest in the conversation. 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.

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