Ghost Riders of Ordebec
Fred Vargas

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Narrated By: David Rintoul

Duration: 12 hours and 3 minutes

What to expect

‘People will die,’ says the panic-stricken woman outside police headquarters. She has been standing in blazing sunshine for more than an hour, and refuses to speak to anyone besides Commissaire Adamsberg. Her daughter has seen a vision: ghostly horsemen who target the most nefarious characters in Normandy. Since the middle ages there have been stories of murderers, rapists, those with serious crimes on their conscience, meeting a grizzly end following a visitation by the riders.

Soon after the young woman’s vision a notoriously cruel man disappears, and the local police dismiss the matter as superstition. Although the case is far outside his jurisdiction, Adamsberg agrees to investigate the strange happenings in a village terrorised by wild rumours and ancient feuds.

Genre

Crime & mystery fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction

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This latest outing for the offbeat Commissaire Adamsberg is [Vargas'] best

Independent

After decades in which crime fiction in French was dominated by the Belgian author Georges Simenon, it has an indisputable new star in Fred Vargas

Sunday Times

Vargas depicts brilliantly a rural community riven with superstition, where class distinctions have existed for centuries