THE NEW INSPECTOR ADAMSBERG NOVEL
A woman is found murdered in her bathtub, and the murder made to look like a suicide. A strange symbol is found near the body.
Then a second victim is discovered, who was also part of a group of tourists on a doomed expedition to Iceland ten years earlier.
How are these deaths, and rumours of an Icelandic demon, linked to the secretive Association for the Study of the Writings of Maximilien Robespierre? And what does the mysterious symbol signify?
Commissaire Adamsberg is about to find out.
"French crime queen's new mystery – her best yet."
"[Vargas] has won the CWA international dagger four times, confirming her place in the top rank of contemporary crime writers... [A Climate of Fear] is easily the best thing she has ever done... The idea of history repeating itself is at the heart of this stunning novel, which confirms Vargas’ fine understanding of the unchanging nature of human passions."
"A reminder that Fred Vargas is one of the most entertainingly eccentric of all current European crime writers... [It] demonstrates why Vargas is so highly esteemed... Highly impressive."
"Vargas writes with strength, erudition and unique imagination... In the crowded world of crime fiction, she's a valuable one-off. A Climate of Fear is one of her best."
"A rich and remarkable work that may be her masterpiece."