Detective Biography: Commissaire Adamsberg
Officer name: Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg
Overview: Police Nationale, 5th arrondissement, municipal Paris, where his deputy is Adrien Danglard, a methodical police inspector and the father of five children.
Location: Paris, France.
Irregular, discordant features – a large and fairly hooked nose, well-defined lips, a swarthy complexion, hollow cheeks, receding chin, dark hair, brown eyes. He frequently looks dishevelled, causing other members of the police force to want to apologise for his appearance.
Adamsberg lives alone, although he has a turbulent relationship with Camille Forestier.
Personnel assessment notes:
Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg is one of the Parisian police forces’ most unusual and unorthodox members. He tends to ignore clues and obvious suspects – and often arrests people with strong alibis. He is a dreamer, often seeming distracted, and colleagues are frequently baffled by his amazing success rate. He has a deep understanding of human nature, allowing him to predict suspect’s moves before they themselves make them.
Case of note:
A woman’s daughter has seen a vision: ghostly horsemen who target the most nefarious characters in Normandy. Since the middle ages there have been stories of murderers, rapists, those with serious crimes on their conscience, meeting a grizzly end following a visitation by the riders.
Soon after the young woman’s vision a notoriously cruel man disappears. The matter is dismissed by local police as superstition. Although the case is far outside his jurisdiction, Adamsberg agrees to investigate the strange happenings in a village terrorised by wild rumours and ancient feuds.
For a full report, read The Ghost Riders of Ordebec.
To continue or begin the Commissaire Adamsberg series by author, Fred Vargas, see below for a list of the Commissaire Adamsberg series in order (starting with the first published). Click on the buy buttons to read a free extract.
An interview with author and creator of Commissaire Adamsberg, Fred Vargas in the Telegraph.
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