The strongest feature of Fred Vargas’ thriller is the way she (yes, Fred is a woman) places it just outside of time. Both the language and subject matter of Have Mercy on Us All, translated from the French by David Bellos, evoke a past long gone: The mystery begins on the backstreets of Paris, where a town crier shouts the news each day, a sinister sign is painted on doorways, and people are dying of what appears to be the Black Plague. But then Vargas mentions a Rollerblade shop or someone’s mobile phone, and the illusion is broken — though never completely dispelled. It’s a shame the plot isn’t as strong as the atmosphere, but anyone who enjoys kooky characters and intricate detail will happily follow along.
Have Mercy on Us All The strongest feature of Fred Vargas' thriller is the way she (yes, Fred is a woman) places it just outside of time. Both the language and subject ...Have Mercy on Us AllFiction, Mystery and ThrillerFred Vargas The strongest feature of Fred Vargas' thriller is the way she (yes, Fred is a woman) places it just outside of time. Both the language and subject ...2005-11-16Simon & Schuster
Genre: Fiction, Mystery and Thriller; Author: Fred Vargas; Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Posted November 16 2005 — 12:00 AM EST
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