"She wants to surprise, unsettle, frustrate and amuse - and succeeds in writing a gripping novel that takes readers out of their comfort zones" (The Scotsman)
"The hottest property in contemporary crime fiction" (Guardian)
"The novel shows Vargas in riveting form right from the start of her writing career" (The Times)
"Witty, inventive and vaguely surreal, this novel should win over the most diehard crime fiction fans" (Melissa McClemets Financial Times)
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'The hottest property in contemporary crime fiction' Guardian
'Vargas is a sharply honed writer and this is a strange and thrilling book' Metro
'Cunningly constructed... Vargas is everything Grisham is not: witty, intriguing, disconcerting and being French, seductively romantic' Sunday Telegraph
Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg is not like other policemen. He doesn't search for clues; he ignores obvious suspects and arrests people with cast-iron alibis; he appears permanently distracted. In spite of this his colleagues are forced to admit that he is a born cop.
When strange blue chalk circles start appearing on the pavements of Paris, only Adamsberg takes them, and the increasingly bizarre objects found within them seriously. And when the body of a woman with her throat savagely cut is found in one, only Adamesberg realises that other murders will soon follow...
'Rich and witty' Independent
'The novel shows Vargas in riveting form right from the start of her writing career' The Times