The Ghost Riders of Ordebec

The Ghost Riders of Ordebec

A Commissaire Adamsberg Mystery

Paperback - 2013
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"As the chief of police in Paris's seventh arrondissement, Commissaire Adamsberg has no jurisdiction in Ordebec. Yet, he cannot ignore a widow's plea. Her daughter Lina has seen a vision of the Ghost Riders with four nefarious men. According to the thousand-year-old legend, the vision means that the men will soon die a grisly death. When one of them disappears, Adamsberg races to Ordebec, where he becomes entranced by the gorgeous Lina--and embroiled in the small Normandy town's ancient feud."--
Publisher: New York, New York : Penguin Books, [2013]
ISBN: 9780143123125
0143123122
Branch Call Number: VARGAS F
Characteristics: 361 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Reynolds, Sian - Translator

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maipenrai
Nov 05, 2016

The eighth book in the Commissaire Adamsberg series

Vargas is a new author for me. The plot is a bit slow starting but I grew to love the characters at the 'lay-back' Paris police station. By mid-book I could not put it down. Translation is solid, a few phrases could have stood a more current English edit, but overall I knew I was reading a mystery steeped in neither British nor American culture. A pleasure to read.

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nancyk3
Aug 14, 2015

A great new series for me. Can't wait to read another one!

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Teleman86
Aug 21, 2014

Once again Fred Vargas pens another outstanding and suspenseful tale with Commissaire Adamsburg and his crew of intriguing individuals. Individual they are and each with a facinating character traits; just as interesting to follow as the plots she unfolds. Her writing is insightful and disarmingly low key, just as life really is. Also she presents a moral component to her characters as they each struggle with their own weaknesses. I've read all the Fred Vargas books and I sincerely hope she keeps going. Brilliant writing! Midnight

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anfieldfan
Nov 26, 2013

I like Vargas' series; they are all a bit unusual but the characters are interesting.

Cdnbookworm Jun 12, 2013

This is the 9th book in the series featuring Commissaire Adamsberg and it is as unusual as all the others. There are three cases here. One is a case of animal cruelty against a pigeon that Adamsberg himself discovers and won't let go.
Another is a case of a car set on fire with someone inside. The immediate suspect is a young man known for setting cars on fire with a grudge against the establishment, but Adamsberg is convinced that he wouldn't have done such a thing with someone inside. With pressure to wrap the case up quickly, Adamsberg takes things into his own hands to gain time to investigate the men he suspects.
The third case is the most complex, and it takes Adamsberg and several members of his team to a small village in Normandy. A young woman has seen the Furious Army aka the Ghost Riders and recognized three of the four men riding with them. One of the men is missing, and the case intrigues Adamsberg enough to have him make an unofficial visit. When someone else is attacked, the local police are seen as incompetent and Adamsberg's team is given the case. With more deaths, a family of odd individuals, and Adamsberg's newly found son playing a key role, this one keeps you glued to your chair.

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