The Chalk Circle Man is the first book featuring Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg, one of the most engaging characters in contemporary detective fiction.
Fred Vargas was born in Paris in 1957. As well as being a best-selling author in France, she is an historian and archaeologist.
Rich and witty * Independent *
She wants to surprise, unsettle, frustrate and amuse - and succeeds in writing a gripping novel that takes readers out of their comfort zones * The Scotsman *
The hottest property in contemporary crime fiction * Guardian *
The novel shows Vargas in riveting form right from the start of her writing career * The Times *
Witty, inventive and vaguely surreal, this novel should win over the most diehard crime fiction fans -- Melissa McClemets * Financial Times *