The ghost of a nun, butchered stags, disturbed graves, a brilliant pathologist and a new member of Adamsberg's squad who
is looking for revenge are only some of the elements of this brilliant thriller. How they come together with the rest of the
story is gradually and suspensefully laid out by a writer who must surely now rank among the very best crime writers of the
present day. Not only is there are tortuous plot which is resolved only at the end but also a depth of characterisation that is so often taken for granted in crime novels. The various elements reveal a considerable depth of, presumably, researched
knowledge of a great variety of subjects: while some of this could be omitted it does enhance rather than embellish.