A Climate of Fear

A Climate of Fear

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From the #1 bestselling French author and four-time winner of the Crime Writers' Association's International Dagger Award

"French crime queen's new mystery--her best yet."-- The Sunday Times ("Must Reads")

"Adamsberg is a terrific creation and his team of misfits a joy to watch in action."--Peter Robinson, New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Banks series

A woman is found murdered in her bathtub, and the murder has been made to look like a suicide. But a strange symbol found at the crime scene leads the local police to call Commissaire Adamsberg and his team.

When the symbol is found near the body of a second disguised suicide, a pattern begins to emerge: both victims were part of a disastrous expedition to Iceland over ten years ago where a group of tourists found themselves trapped on a deserted island for two weeks, surrounded by a thick, impenetrable fog rumored to be summoned by an ancient local demon. Two of them didn't make it back alive. But how are the deaths linked to the secretive Association for the Study of the Writings of Maximilien Robespierre? And what does the mysterious symbol signify?
Publisher: New York, New York : Penguin Books, 2017.
ISBN: 9780143109457
Characteristics: 410 pages ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Reynolds, Sian - Translator


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Sep 09, 2017

Commissaire Adamsberg has a puzzling set of murders to solve, separated by ten years and location, two were in Iceland. His colleagues scoff at his theory the murders are connected, but he proves them wrong. Another excellent mystery in the series.

May 27, 2017

I love this series! Commissaire Adamsberg is not like any policeman you have ever known or read about. He is deeply intuitive and creative; he really tunes in to the undercurrents that are all around us but not visible. He is a fascinating character, and he has success in complex cases that totally stump the linear thinkers.

His whole team of policemen and women who work with him are also quirky misfits in one way or another. Like Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, Adamsberg lets the people in his group be themselves, which allows their talents to blossom and their contributions to be appreciated and useful. One can imagine that these people would not be successful police if they had a different boss. But the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, and his group is highly regarded for its results, even if others think Adamsberg is strange.

This latest book has an interesting complicated plot, and we learn more about the characters. I highly recommend reading this series in order, as the series is like one long book in many ways. You need to know what happened before to understand what is happening now.

Nov 05, 2016

The ninth book in the Commissaire Adamsberg series)


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