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The Chalk Circle Man

(2009)
(The first book in the Commissaire Adamsberg series)
A novel by

 
 
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 cast-iron alibis; he appears permanently distracted. In spite of all this his colleagues are forced to admit that he is highly successful - a born cop.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: 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. "The Chalk Circle Man" is the first book featuring Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg, one of the most engaging characters in contemporary detective fiction.

Genre: Mystery

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Hardback Editions

January 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Chalk Circle Man
Author(s): Fred Vargas
ISBN: 0-307-39687-8 / 978-0-307-39687-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf Canada
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Paperback Editions

January 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Chalk Circle Man (Commissaire Adamsberg)
Author(s): Fred Vargas
ISBN: 0-09-948897-3 / 978-0-09-948897-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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January 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Chalk Circle Man
Author(s): Fred Vargas
ISBN: 0-307-39688-6 / 978-0-307-39688-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Canada
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June 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Chalk Circle Man (Commissaire Adamsberg Mysteries)
Author(s): Fred Vargas
ISBN: 0-14-311595-2 / 978-0-14-311595-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Group
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February 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Chalk Circle Man (Commissaire Adamsberg)
Author(s): Fred Vargas
ISBN: 1-84343-272-2 / 978-1-84343-272-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Secker
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January 2009 : UK Paperback

Title: THE CHALK CIRCLE MAN LARGE PRINT
Author(s): FRED VARGAS
ISBN: 1-4074-3488-8 / 978-1-4074-3488-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: CLIPPER LARGE PRINT
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Kindle Editions

July 2014 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Chalk Circle Man (Commissaire Adamsberg)
Author(s): Fred Vargas
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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December 2009 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Chalk Circle Man (Commissaire Adamsberg)
Author(s): Fred Vargas
Publisher: Vintage Canada
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June 2009 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Chalk Circle Man (A Commissaire Adamsberg Mystery Book 1)
Author(s): Fred Vargas
Publisher: Penguin Books
Availability: Amazon