Wash This Blood Clean from My Hand

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Between 1943 and 2003 nine people have been stabbed to death with a most unusual weapon: a trident. In each case, arrests were made, suspects confessed their crimes and were sentenced to life in prison. One slightly worrying detail: each presumed murderer lost consciousness during the night of the crime and has no recollection of it.

Commissaire Adamsberg is convinced all the murders are the work of one person, the terrifying Judge Fulgence. Years before, Adamsberg's own brother had been the principal suspect in a similar case and avoided prison only thanks to Adamsberg's help.

History repeats itself when Adamsberg, who is temporarily based in Quebec for a training mission, is accused of having savagely murdered a young woman he had met. In order to prove his innocence, Adamsberg must go on the run from the Canadian police and find Judge Fulgence.

This is the finest novel yet from the incomparable Fred Vargas.

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"Vargas weaves an elegantly twisted, utterly compelling plot. I doubt any English-language crime writer could be even half as chic." (Stuart Kelly Scotland on Sunday)

"Vargas' mystery has it all" (Daneet Steffens Time Out)

"A Vargas novel is as good as a trip to Paris" (Barry Forshaw Daily Express)

"A work of real class - its characters sharp, multi-faceted and original, and its style crisply intelligent" ( Glasgow Herald)

"Ingenious. Slick, creepy and full of engaging odd characters, this thriller is a class act" ( Independent)

From the Publisher:

'European fiction is the new black . . . Vargas is my favourite European crime writer' Peter Guttridge

'Fred Vargas is the hottest property in crime fiction' - The Guardian

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