(My review on goodreads)

As others have noted, the commissaire Adamsberg series is enjoyable mostly for the characters: Adamsberg, Veyrenc, Danglard, Retancourt, and a couple others. Other aspects of the series, and this novel, not so great. Let me explain.

First, every one of the books in this series has a supernatural element, for no good reason. For example, in A Climate of Fear the supernatural being is called the afturganga, a sort of invisible Icelandic thingus that is able to invade thoughts from a distance and yada yada yada. Absolutely not needed for the story - all the afturganga tricks could as easily have occurred without any supernatural intervention.

Second, there is always at least one, usually more, thrilling action scenes from which Adamsberg has a narrow escape, sometimes with grave injury. I donĀ“t think these add much to the novels (though they may be a not-so-subtle attempt to attract a Hollywood producer). In this novel Adamsberg has a shoot-out with the serial killer, shortly after a violent encounter with the afturganga. Yawn.

Despite my objections this is an enjoyable read, overall, mostly for the Adamsberg, Danglard, Veyrenc, Lucio conversations. It scratches an itch, you might say.



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Metadata Info

  • Title: A Climate of Fear
  • Author: Fred Vargas
  • Published: 2017
  • ISBN: 1101992239
  • Buy: Amazon search
  • Check out: Seattle library
  • Rating: 3.0 stars