Little wonder that the resulting cases can only be handled successfully by a holy fool such as Adamsberg, a blissful surfer on the seas of instinct and intuition, with a little help from his sceptical sidekick inspector Danglard, who needs a raft of well-ordered facts to stay afloat. An uncertain place is true to the tradition of quirkiness that has marked all the Adamsberg books. The crimes are suitably weird and macabre — a collection of severed feet left outside Highgate cemetery still snug in their shoes and a murder victim cut up into separate pieces, of which have been pounded to a pulp, in a suburban bungalow outside Paris. The investigation is appropriately unpredictable — Adamsberg helps the prime suspect escape justice before taking off to a village in Serbia where he encounters not only his current would-be nemesis but an old one from a previous book.
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Little wonder that the resulting cases can only be handled successfully by a holy fool such as Adamsberg, a blissful surfer on the seas of instinct and intuition, with a little help from his sceptical sidekick inspector Danglard, who needs a raft of well-ordered facts to stay afloat.
An uncertain place is true to the tradition of quirkiness that has marked all the Adamsberg books. The crimes are suitably weird and macabre — a collection of severed feet left outside Highgate cemetery still snug in their shoes and a murder victim cut up into separate pieces, of which have been pounded to a pulp, in a suburban bungalow outside Paris. The investigation is appropriately unpredictable — Adamsberg helps the prime suspect escape justice before taking off to a village in Serbia where he encounters not only his current would-be nemesis but an old one from a previous book.
And the incidental detail is as rich as ever the correct name for someone who eats wardrobes, why you should bury a vampire face down, why you should carefully dispose of your pencil shavings, However, there is a difference between An uncertain place and its predecessors. Adamsberg seems lonelier, more isolated, and as a result we miss the constant interaction with the rest of his team that was such a source of strength in previous books such as Wash this blood clean from my hand.
Adamsberg needs Danglard as Holmes needs Watson. No man is an island, not even the loopiest individual. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Un lieu incertain by Fred Vargas.
Un lieu incertain Commissaire Adamsberg 8 by Fred Vargas. Sale histoire. Je vous - Bien, dit Clyde-Fox en se rechaussant. Allez les regarder, faites votre job. Parce qu'il y a les pieds dedans. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published June 25th by Viviane Hamy first published More Details Original Title. Commissaire Adamsberg 8.
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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Un lieu incertain Commissaire Adamsberg, 8. I like almost everything: erudition and profesional backround of the author, Vargas is an archeologist and historian and the world she created around the main protagonist. Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg, I know I keep saying it repeatedly in all my reviews, is such an unconventional detective. Quirky, abstracted, amorous.
He wears two watches on the same wrist, but why not, you could ask. Ha, if only they showed correct time! Desk work definitely is not his thing either and his memory seems to work on some other level. Neither good nor bad. Just other. His co-workers are mixed bunch as well. My favourite from them still remains Danglard. Someone on whom you can always rely on. Concededly he drink too much red wine but he is adamant to get rid of that habit.
Hmm, in favour of white one. Well, nobody's perfect. And fingers crossed for a romantic affair that seems to be in the air. An Uncertain Place is set in Paris and London but huge part of the plot takes place in the vampire country. As always Vargas gives a lot of historical details to the story and here quite openly flirts with gothic novel with a special bow toward Bram Stoker.
I very much enjoy her sense of humour, sometimes very subtle then again quite gallows so the reading, despite gruesome murders, is a sheer pleasure. I like that her protagonists even these peripheral are quite distinguishable and now and then have brief cameo in next volumes. And finally I very much enjoyed another chunk of personal life of our inimitable commissaire.
View all 14 comments. The inimitable Fred Vargas delves into the undergrowth of society once again, but this time goes very far underground, into the tombs of men. The novel becomes a beguiling dalliance in the world of vampiry and Old World taboos. The novel will definitely raise the hackles if you are reading this alone, at night. Adamsberg continues to s The inimitable Fred Vargas delves into the undergrowth of society once again, but this time goes very far underground, into the tombs of men.
Adamsberg continues to surprise and delight readers with his quirky ways; Adrien Danglard is allowed to unfurl his emotional wings, just a bit, with hints of more to come. Poor Danglard, the stalwart backbone of the Adamsberg storyline seems on the edge of being rewarded for his dependable and unflagging conscientiousness, albeit somewhat in the abstract.
Even in fiction, it feels good when the good guy gets rewarded. Vargas's subtle humour is always a sneaky surprise, causing you to chuckle three pages after the fact, as she pulls in all the threads of her story.
The ultimate in comfort crime fiction for me -- a contradiction in terms if ever there was one! View all 4 comments. Dec 01, J. Not sure how I came to this, though it may have just looked peculiar on the library shelf it doesn't, it's a regular mass production trade paperback. But because of the inflammatory nature of book-jacket and goodreads blurbs, it's probably good to get one thing certain, right off the top: while the topic of vampires comes up here, this book is by no means to be considered in the current crop of teenage or other paranormal-emo vampire schlock.
On the contrary, Ms Vargas gives us an irregular, Not sure how I came to this, though it may have just looked peculiar on the library shelf it doesn't, it's a regular mass production trade paperback.
On the contrary, Ms Vargas gives us an irregular, confounding, and contradictory policier mystery, one which has more in common with Ionesco and Beckett than, well, whoever writes those emo-paranormal things.
Even though he is a police detective, Vargas' detective works by intuition and round-about logic, inspired by the technique of the mad-hatter's tea party, it would seem. One defining characteristic will probably do the summing up: the Commissaire wears two wristwatches, on the same hand. Nothing is absolute, so 'exact time' must be considered a variable in his world; in order to confirm when something has happened-- he averages them. In mysteries and detective fiction, there is the honorable tradition of the 'amateur investigator'.
This is such an ancient convention that it probably started before Sherlock Holmes, though he is the iconic example. This allows for several layers of complication that the standard Police crime story would not.
Although not a noir or a psychological novel, An Uncertain Place verges on both of those. Although the cultural chimera of vampirism is encountered, it is actually madness that is the subject of the chase.
And an exquisitely literate --and loopy- chase it is. I know of no mystery novel that would ever see fit to mention both Dante Gabriel Rossetti as well as Martin Lampe, the valet of philosopher Immanuel Kant without breaking stride. Ok, fair enough, Umberto Eco would, but he'd belabor it to the extent of a page aside. Here, we fly by on the black bat-wings of absurdism, and so much the better. Finally, it should be emphasized that I'm a really snooty, snobby mystery enthusiast, and cannot stand cozy mysteries, humorous mysteries, or one-trick-pony mysteries that offer a quizzical formula detective, or a fanciful crime.
Vargas clearly shares that preference and gives us a crisply peculiar mystery that succeeds on several levels and leaves the reader wanting another- a difficult needle to thread.
Un lieu incertain
Fellow Vargas fans will know that her mysteries flirt with the ancient menaces to civilization: plague, ghosts, werewolves and now, vampires. The novel opens with Adamsberg and his sidekick Adrien Danglard at a conference in London where they are confronted by seventeen shod feet, severed from old cadavers, lined up at Highgate Cemetery. But does it have anything to do with the Parisian Criminal Brigade? They follow the rules of the traditional mystery — the bad guy is there all along, the red herrings are exposed as distractions — but those elements are worked into a dense network of images, characters, and ideas.