The Chalk Circle Man

The Chalk Circle Man

Book - 2009
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"Wildly imaginative."-- The New York Times

"Adamsberg is a terrific creation and his team of misfits a joy to watch in action."--Peter Robinson, New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Banks series

When blue chalk circles begin to appear on the pavement in neighborhoods around Paris, Commissaire 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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2009.
ISBN: 9780143115953
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY Vargas Fred 07/2009
Characteristics: 247 p. ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Reynolds, Sian


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Nov 05, 2016

The first book in the Commissaire Adamsberg series

Jun 22, 2016

Eccentric intuitive detection chock full of quirky characters and oddball proceedings. Imaginative and diverting.

multcolib_susannel Sep 28, 2015

French detective Commissaire Adamsberg investigates the blue chalk circles that appear at night on the streets of Paris. He has help from a mysterious blind man, a lovelorn elderly woman and a ocean biologist - or are they

Aug 20, 2014

The characters were unbelievable and so were their actions. Disappointing.

Jan 15, 2014

Like the main character, the story is slow moving and something of a yawn

hermlou Nov 01, 2011

Vargas is a French mystery writer whose detective Adamsberg is the opposite of Hercule Poirot. He uses intuition to solve cases and is so low key that suspects easily talk to him. The person who draws blue circles around trash on the street escalates to killing a person and leaving the body in the circle. Well written and well plotted.

Oct 11, 2010

A little disappointed that this wasn't fantastic - liked it though

Jun 05, 2009

This is the first I read of Vargas and I quite enjoyed it. Although it was quite easy to solve. Excellent characters although I don't believe that any cop can drink as much on the job as the 2-in-charge. Odd denouement but Vargas is trying to humanize the hero.


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