The Chalk-Circle Man

The Chalk-Circle Man

By Fred Vargas; Sian Reynolds (Translator)

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143115953, 247pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2009

The debut mystery in the internationally bestselling Commissaire Adamsberg series-now available for the first time in the United States
Fred Vargas 's Commissaire Adamsberg mysteries are a sensation in France, consistently praised for their intelligence, wit, and macabre imagination. This first novel in the series introduces the unorthodox detective Commissaire Adamsberg-one of the most engaging characters in contemporary crime fiction.
When blue chalk circles begin to appear on the pavement in neighborhoods around Paris, Adamsberg is alone in thinking that they are far from amusing. As he studies each new circle and the increasingly bizarre objects they contain-empty beer cans, four trombones, a pigeon's foot, a doll's head-he senses the cruelty that lies within whoever is responsible. And when a circle is discovered with decidedly less banal contents-a woman with her throat slashed-Adamsberg knows that this is just the beginning.

About the Author
Fred Vargas est nee en 1957 a Paris. Archeologue de formation, elle est reperee lors de la selection du Prix du premier roman du Festival de Cognac qu elle obtient avec "Les jeux de l amour et de la mort" publie au Masque en 1986. Sa serie mettant en scene le commissaire Adamsberg et son second l inspecteur Danglard, lui a valu une reconnaissance et un succes internationaux.

William Kidd is Reader in French Studies at the University of Stirling. Sian Reynolds is Professor of French Studies at the University of Stirling.