A Climate of Fear by Fred Vargas

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...the dreamily brilliant Paris police commissioner, assisted by his baffled, balky team of underlings, investigates the deaths of members of the Association for the Study of the Writings...Vargas keeps introducing unexpected, fascinating new plot elements, even as the action totters on the brink of absurdity.
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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")
 
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?
 

About Fred Vargas

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Fred Vargas is an archaeologist, a historian, and an internationally bestselling author. She lives in Paris.
 
Published March 7, 2017 by Penguin Books. 416 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime. Fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Jan 23 2017

The intricate eighth installment in this Parisian series delights with its interesting characters, engaging dialogue, and infectious sense of curiosity about the lives of others.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Feb 22 2017

...the dreamily brilliant Paris police commissioner, assisted by his baffled, balky team of underlings, investigates the deaths of members of the Association for the Study of the Writings...Vargas keeps introducing unexpected, fascinating new plot elements, even as the action totters on the brink of absurdity.

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