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The accordionist

by Vargas, Fred,

Format: Print Book 2018
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Fiction Stacks IN TRANSIT
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  First Floor - Fiction Stacks
 
Status  IN TRANSIT
 
 
Summary
SHORTLISTED FOR THE CWA INTERNATIONAL DAGGER 2018

When two Parisian women are murdered in their homes, the police suspect young accordionist Clement Vauquer. As he was seen outside both of the apartments in question, it seems like an open-and-shut case.

Desperate for a chance to prove his innocence, Clement disappears. He seeks refuge with old Marthe, the only mother figure he has ever known, who calls in ex-special investigator Louis Kehlweiler.

Louis is soon faced with his most complex case yet and he calls on some unconventional friends to help him. He must show that Clement is not responsible and solve a fiendish riddle to find the killer...
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "A simpleminded man is set up for the murders of two women in Paris, but the serial killer fails to reckon with the survival instincts of title character Clement Vauquer and the support network he accrues. Identified as a suspect, Clement seeks out ex-prostitute Marthe Gardel, who took him in as a child and taught him to read. Marthe contacts her old friend Louis Kehlweiler, formerly with the ministry of the interior, whose investigative instincts are reignited by the recent murders, and he sequesters Clement in a home shared by three historians and a disgraced ex-cop. As Kehlweiler calls on his old cop contacts and follows leads, one of the historians links the two murders to a poem, a connection initially ridiculed. Justice is served with humor in this final entry in the Three Evangelists trilogy, featuring an unofficial private eye who carries a pet toad named Bufo in his pocket and a heroic medievalist who takes up housecleaning and ironing, becoming genuinely interested in comparing household products. Vargas, author of the popular Commissaire Adamsberg series, combines brutal crime with an appealingly light narrative touch.--Leber, Michele Copyright 2018 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Vargas's stunning conclusion to her Three Evangelists trilogy (after Dog Will Have His Day) rewards the careful reader. In the summer of 1997, Paris is preoccupied with a killer who has attacked two seemingly random female victims, strangling them before stabbing them multiple times. The police are zeroing in on a street musician, the accordionist of the title, who admits to spying on the dead women for several days before the murders. The suspect, Clément Vauquer, although mentally impaired, is aware of his jeopardy, and seeks out his one friend in the world, Marthe Gardel, an elderly woman who took him under her wing during his childhood. Marthe, in turn, reaches out to Louis Kehlweiler, a retired Ministry of the Interior investigator, who's eager for a distraction from his paid work as a translator. Aided by three eccentric historians, Louis undertakes to clear Clément, despite the circumstantial evidence against him. Vargas combines humor, oddball characters, and a classic puzzle mystery for another winner. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series A three evangelists novel ; [book 3]
#1 - The Three Evangelists
#2 - Dog will have his day
#3 - The Accordionist
Subjects Accordionists -- Fiction.
Ex-police officers -- Fiction.
Serial murder investigation -- Fiction.
Paris (France) -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Publisher London :2018
Other Titles Sans feu ni lieu.
Contributors Reynolds, Sian, translator.
Language English
Notes Translation of: Sans feu ni lieu.
Description 249 pages ; 20 cm.
ISBN 9781784701604
1784701602
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