'It's Bond, sir,' the Chief of Staff replied. 'James Bond.' The sea keeps its secrets. But not this time. One body. Three bullets. 007 floats in the waters of Marseille, killed by an unknown hand. It's time for a new agent to step up. Time for a new weapon in the war against organised crime. It's time for James Bond to earn his licence to kill. This is the story of the birth of a legend, in the brutal underworld of the French Riviera.
Crime & mysteryCommissaire Adamsberg is in Quebec on a training mission, when he is accused of having savagely murdered a young woman. The murder fits a pattern of killings that has happened in the past; Adamsberg must go on the run from the Canadian police and track down the terrifying killer himself. 'Fred Vargas has a wonderfully offbeat imagination that makes each of her novels a refreshing delight' Guardian
One cold autumn night, a woman is found hanging from a beam at her holiday cottage. At first sight, it appears like a straightforward case of suicide. Maria had never recovered from the death of her mother two years previously and she had a history of depression. But then the friend who found her body approaches Detective Erlendur.