A Climate of Fear: Fred Vargas trans Sian Reynolds

Posted: February 17, 2017 in Uncategorized

I am about half way through A Climate of Fear by Fred Vargas, and it is nice to be back reading one of my favourite crime writers. Of course Vargas has won the CWA International Dagger four times, and it would not surprise me if this latest novel wins again. A complex plot which features a ten year old trip to Iceland in which a crazed killer murdered two tourists, and then terrified the rest of the tour party into silence, is followed by killings in modern day France and an extraordinary society dedicated to the study of the writings of Maximillien Robespierre. 

If this quirky Gallic plot is not enough for the reader we are reintroduced to Commissaire Adamsberg and his eccentric team of detectives. 

Mercadet’s asleep, said Estalere, counting on his fingers, ‘Danglard’s having a drink, Retancourt’s feeding the cat, Froissy’s watching her screen. But what about the rest of us. 

Danglard, Adamsberg’s right hand man is probably the most interesting of these characters. His phenomenal memory and finely tuned brain thrives on a diet of white wine. But what can you say about the plots of the Vargas books…

‘De l’audace, encore de l’audace, toujours de l’audace…..’

Anyone who hasn’t read Fred Vargas is in for a real treat.

  1. Margot Kinberg says:

    Good to hear you’re enjoying this, Norman. I do enjoy Vargas’ work, and I’m glad this one is living up to her standard.

  2. kathy d says:

    I’m waiting with baited breath to start this book, but I have an order of reading which I’m committed to and some come first. But I think I’ll love it as much as Ghost Riders of Ordebec. Cannot wait.
    Where is the lieutenant who speaks in 12-syllable Alexandrine verse, as taught by his mother.

  3. I have enjoyed Vargas books in the past, but haven’t kept up with the series – I must catch up.

  4. kathy d says:

    Great. I can’t wait. Sounds divine. It’s like anticipating the chocolate cake in the oven, just waiting for it to be ready.
    I got sidetracked by Helene Tursten and Ian Rankin and some dvd’s.

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