(Translated by Siân Reynolds.)
Between 1943 and 2003, nine people were stabbed to death with an unusual weapon, a trident; convictions were made, but each convicted murderer lost consciousness on the night of the murder and has no recollection of it. Adamsberg believes these were wrongful convictions and that the murders are the work of one man: Judge Fulgence.
Adamsberg has personal experience of Fulgence, where his own brother had been the main suspect in a similar case and narrowly avoided prison due to Adamsberg’s help.
Another case comes up, but Adamsberg travels to Quebec, only to find that the case follows him and he too, experiences a night for which he has no recollection, leading to a need to flee from the Canadian police and pursue his own independent investigation…
“Wash This Blood…” is a very compelling, enjoyable and original read.
Adamsberg’s beliefs and rationale appear to defy all logic on times and so it understandable that many don’t believe him. Any faith left in him is due to his reputation and personal relationships, but even these are severely stretched. Has he finally lost the plot or is he the only one with the imagination to see the things that others miss?
There is tension in the case and tension in the relationships. Adamsberg and his team make quite a collection of eccentric characters and this quirkiness also moves the plot along.
A great read for these dark winter nights.
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