The Chalk Circle Man

The Chalk Circle Man

Book - 2009
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Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg is not like other policemen. His methods appear unorthodox in the extreme: he doesn't search for clues; he ignores obvious suspects and arrests people with iron-clad alibis; he appears permanently distracted.

The Chalk Circle Man is the first book featuring Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg, one of the most engaging characters in contemporary detective fiction.

When strange, blue chalk circles start appearing overnight on the pavements of Paris, the press take up the story with amusement and psychiatrists trot out their theories. Adamsberg is alone in thinking this is not a game and far from amusing. He insists on being kept informed of new circles and the increasingly bizarre objects which they contain: empty beer cans, four trombones, a pigeon's foot, four cigarette lighters, a badge proclaiming "I Love Elvis," a hat, a doll's head. Adamsberg senses the cruelty that lies behind these seemingly random occurrences. Soon a circle with decidedly less banal contents is discovered: the body of a woman with her throat savagely cut. Adamsberg knows that other murders will follow.
Publisher: Toronto, ON : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780307396877
Characteristics: 247 pages ; 24 cm.


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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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