Sunday, 12 May 2013

The Ghost Riders of Ordebec

Finished May 11
The Ghost Riders of Ordebec by Fred Vargas

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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