WASH THIS BLOOD CLEAN FROM MY HAND

Fred Vargas

 Three wounds in a perfectly straight line was the bloody signature that marked victims from every corner of France who had been murdered at regular intervals over the course of thirty years. Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg, the chief of police in Paris’s 7th Arrondissement, is deeply and personally familiar with the case, and though others were always framed and convicted for these crimes, including his own brother, the Commissaire knows the true identity of the killer—and knows that the murderer died in 1987. All the more disturbing, then, is Adamsberg’s discovery one morning of a fresh murder with exactly the same profile. Stunned into action—and himself a suspect—Adamsberg must confront the mysterious return of an old,

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 Three wounds in a perfectly straight line was the bloody signature that marked victims from every corner of France who had been murdered at regular intervals over the course of thirty years. Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg, the chief of police in Paris’s 7th Arrondissement, is deeply and personally familiar with the case, and though others were always framed and convicted for these crimes, including his own brother, the Commissaire knows the true identity of the killer—and knows that the murderer died in 1987. All the more disturbing, then, is Adamsberg’s discovery one morning of a fresh murder with exactly the same profile. Stunned into action—and himself a suspect—Adamsberg must confront the mysterious return of an old, familiar evil.

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  • Penguin Books
  • Paperback
  • September 2007
  • 400 Pages
  • 9780143112167

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About Fred Vargas

Fred Vargas is a #1 bestselling author in France. Her books have been published in thrity-three countries and have sold more than four million copies.

Praise

“Vargas’s voice … is spry, ironic, yet fully engaged with the horror of contemporary reality. An eccentric and invigorating book.” —Los Angeles Times

“An ingenious thriller … delightful and clever.” —The Washington Post

“Anyone who enjoys kooky characters and intricate detail will happily follow Vargas along.
—Entertainment Weekly

“Vargas is such a dazzling stylist that her unorthodox plot and eccentric characters keep us enthralled.” Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review