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The Raid
The raid

The Indonesian version of SWAT are going into battle. An apartment block has become home to the bad and the […]

The chalk circle man

Author: Fred Vargas ; trans from the french by Sian Reynolds
An Adamsberg novel

Chief Inspector Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg has recently been transferred to Paris. His police methods aren’t exactly standard procedure and his inspectors have a lot to get used to. But they can have no doubt that he is a born policeman, and while even he is unable to explain how he arrives at his conclusions he is usually correct. In this case he thinks that there is something strange about the blue chalk circles that have been appearing in the Parisian streets. He is convinced that there is something sinister about them.

Max Payne

I knew going to see this film that I’d be disappointed. Was a big fan of the game but I’d […]

This Night’s Foul Work

Author: Fred Vargas
Trans: Sian Reynolds

As you may already know I’m a big fan of Fred Vargas’ work and while this one is a library copy I’ll be buying this when it comes out in the proper size. I can’t stand these trade publications versions. They make no sense to me. All the negatives of a hardback with none of the positives. But enough about that; on to the plot.

The most straight-forward way of describing this book is to say that it is a murder-mystery. But with characters like Adamsberg there is no such thing as a straight-forward case. So when he spots something a little “off” about the two bodies that have shown up he decides that this case his rather than giving them over to the Drugs Squad.

Wash this blood clean from my hand

trans. Sian Reynolds
I’m a huge fan of Fred Vargas’ work. And this book is no exception. The star, once more, is Commissaire Adamsberg. The plot revolves around a series of murders, the first in 1943, the latest takes place in the present of the book. Adamsberg has a special interest in this case, and the judge he believes to have committed these crimes. In each case the murder victim is killed by three stab wounds. And in each case an assailant has been found, always suffering from amnesia but also having a murder weapon in his possession. In each case the police decide that this individual is responsible and, there you go, case closed. Adamsberg is not so sure.

We Own the Night

Bobby is a night club manager. It is the 1980′s, New York. Life is good. Until the day his brother […]

Lost Souls

ISBN: 0753817853 Read for the RIP Challenge See also: Allan Guthrie’s Noir Originals ; Telegraph review ; The Little Bird […]

Fool Moon

ISBN: 1841493996 Book two in The Dresden Files read for the RIP Challenge I never used to keep close track […]

The Extremes

ISBN: 0575075783 Christopher Priest.co.uk ; The Universal Library ; Her name is Teresa Ann Gravatt and she is seven years […]

Hot Fuzz

Basically, if you didn’t like Shaun of the Dead you probably won’t like this film. Okay, so there are no […]

The Three Evangelists

The first Vargas book I read was Seeking Whom He May Devour, which I loved, and the reason I picked it up was because I liked the cover, well, this one doesn’t have quite such a gripping cover, but it really did grow on me. It is quite simple, just a tree picked out by a shaft of light in a garden, everything else is half hidden in the darkness. It really suits the story.

As I’ve mentioned before characters are what make, or break, a book for me. And this book has great, if slightly odd, stars. Eccentric is probably the polite term.

Harsh Times

I’m not all that sure how to describe this film. If you’ve seen Training Day you may have a general […]