Seeking Whom He May Devour Paperback
by Fred Vargas
Part of the Commissaire Adamsberg series
In this frightening and surprising novel, the eccentric,wayward genius of Commissaire Adamsberg is pitted against the deep-rooted mysteries of one Alpine village's history and a very present problem: wolves.
Disturbing things have been happening up in the French mountains; more and more sheep are being found with their throats torn out.
The evidence points to a wolf of unnatural size and strength.
However Suzanne Rosselin thinks it is the work of a werewolf.
Then Suzanne is found slaughtered in the same manner.
Her friend Camille attempts, with Suzanne's son Soliman and her shepherd, Watchee, to find out who, or what, is responsible and they call on Commissaire Adamsberg for help.
Winner of the CWA International Dagger for Wash This Blood Clean From My Hand.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 03/01/2008
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780099515975
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Review by AHS-Wolfy
Sheep are being killed up in the French Alpine villages and the recently re-introduced wolves are the logical suspects. The only thing that goes against this assumption is that the bite marks seem to suggest an abnormally large specimen. Could it be something else instead. A cry of werewolf goes up and when the first person that raised this possibility is then murdered it adds fuel to the fire especially as the most likely candidate has also suddenly disappeared. Soliman, the murdered woman's adopted African son, along with Watchee, an old shepherd, and Camille set off in a battered old sheep truck in pursuit. The first part of the book follows their attempt to track and locate the werewolf with only minimal inclusion of Adamsberg as he follows the story from afar. It's only when the small group reach an impasse in their search that Camille turns to her former lover, Adamsberg, for assistance that he becomes the central figure in the investigation. As the loss of life of sheep and humans alike increases can they catch the killer before he gets away?My second entry into the world of Commissaire Adamsberg sees another strange eclectic bunch of characters that worm their way into your hearts and it's this that will drive me back to more of Ms Vargas' work rather than the plots of her stories. Don't get me wrong, the plots aren't bad but, for me, they are only there to allow the characters to grow and shine. This is not the tautest thriller nor is it the most riveting of mysteries. The dialogue is often clunky (whether the fault of the author or translator I have no idea) but it is an engaging story that should please those that have come to the book seeking more of the same quirkiness in the author's other work.
Review by riverwillow
A strange story, as I read it I couldn't work out quite how Adamsberg was going to fit into the investigation, but Vargas pulled all the threads together to create a satisfying mystery. The dynamic between Camille and Adamsberg is interesting and gives some insight into their characters. Have some of the other books in the series lurking on my TBR mountain, which will definitely be read.