Wash This Blood Clean from My Hand by Fred Vargas
(Commissaire Adamsberg, Book 4)

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Internationally acclaimed and bestselling crime writer Fred Vargas will be published for the first time in Canada in hardcover by Knopf Canada.

In this remarkable addition to the Commissaire Adamsberg series, has a serial killer followed Adamsberg to Canada on his training mission?

Between 1943 and 2003, nine people have been stabbed to death with a most unusual weapon: a trident. In each case, arrests were made, suspects confessed their crime and were sentenced to life. One slightly worrying detail: all the presumed murderers lost consciousness during the night of the crime and cannot remember whether they actually did it or not. Commissaire Adamsberg is convinced all the murders are the work of one person: the terrifying Judge Fulgence. Years before, Adamsberg’s own brother had been the principal suspect in a similar case and avoided prison only thanks to Adamsberg’s help. History now repeats itself when Adamsberg, who is temporarily based in Quebec for a training mission, is accused of having savagely murdered his young lover. In order to prove his innocence, Adamsberg must go on the run from the Canadian police and find Judge Fulgence. The heir to Maigret, Commissaire Adamsberg is back in a new investigation that will keep the reader spellbound until the very last word.

About Fred Vargas

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Fred Vargas was born in Paris in 1957. As well as being a bestselling author in France, she is by training an historian and archaeologist. She was the winner of the inaugural British Crime Writers' Association Duncan Lawrie International Dagger for her novel The Three Evangelists.
Published January 1, 2007 by Harvill Secker. 388 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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The RCMP orders him detained, but before his arrest, he escapes back to France, where he hides out while a computer expert looks for evidence to clear him before he’s arrested for a murder even he’s not sure he didn’t commit.

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Wash This Blood Clean From My Hand by Fred Vargas, translated by Sian Reynolds 392pp, Harvill Secker, £11.99 Fred Vargas, a rising star within the narrow field of good, intellectual crime novels, has written 14 books in her native French;

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Entertainment Weekly

For much of his life, Paris police Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg has been haunted by a serial killer no one else knows about: an ominous presence from his childhood who impales his victims with three perfectly aligned stabs, then pins the crime dead-to-rights on some hapless sap — like Ad...

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Reviewing the Evidence

Parisian police Superintendent Adamsberg and some of his staff are going to fly to Quebec, Canada to learn about DNA evidence gathering.

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London Review of Books

Elsewhere in the novel he tells a troubled new recruit: ‘Finish the story, Veyrenc.’ ‘Because it’s our job to finish stories.

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Chief Superintendent Jean Baptiste Adamsberg is about to take off for a training course in DNA profiling run by the Mounties in Canada when he reads of a strangely familiar crime.

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