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 concept of vacationing underneath the Channel. it's the holiday all of them desire, till a macabre and brutal case involves the eye in their colleague Radstock from New Scotland Yard.Just outdoors the baroque and romantic outdated Highgate cemetery a pile of boots is located. no longer so unusual in itself, however the footwear include severed toes. 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are drawn in to a path of vampires and vampire-hunters that leads all of them how one can Serbia, a spot the place the outdated certainties now not observe.
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Er, interesting,’ said Danglard politely. ‘He’s quite often around here, but not every evening,’ said Radstock, as if his colleagues were benefiting from a rare sighting. ‘We get on all right. He’s very amiable, always a friendly word. He’s a sort of fixture, a familiar figure of the night. ’ queried Danglard. ‘Not quite. He makes it a point of honour to see how far he can go, finds his limit, and then hangs on there. He says that if he walks along a ridge, balancing between one slope and another, he may suffer but he will never be bored.
At his side was the young junior officer, brigadier Estalère, with his wide-open green eyes, which made him look perpetually surprised. Adamsberg had insisted on taking him along on the mission. He maintained that Estalère would wise up one of these days, and from time to time he expended some energy trying to bring this about. Hands in pockets and for once smartly turned out, Adamsberg was taking full advantage of this long stroll, as Radstock paraded them round the streets to show them the oddities of London by night.
That’s good,’ said Clyde-Fox, putting the shoes back on. ‘Nasty business. Go on Radstock, old chap, it’s your department. Go and look. Just at the gates. A load of old shoes on the pavement. But steel yourself. ’ ‘Oh yes it is. They’re lined up carefully, all the toes pointing to the cemetery as if they wanted to walk in. ’ ‘But the old cemetery has nightwatchmen. ’ ‘Well, the shoes want to go in all the same, and their whole attitude is most unpleasant. ’ ‘Wrong, Radstock! Wrong! ’ There was a sudden silence, a ghastly shock wave.
An Uncertain Place by Fred Vargas