Three times a day in a Parisian square, a curious modern-day crier announces the news items that are left in his box.
Over the course of a few days he receives a number of disturbing and portentous messages of malicious intent, all of them referring to the Black Death.
Strange marks have also appeared on the doors of several buildings: symbols once used to ward off the plague.
Detective Commissaire Adamsberg begins to sense a connection, even a grotesque menace.
Then charged and flea-bitten corpses are found. The press seizes on their plague-like symptoms, and the panic sets in.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 07/10/2004
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780099453642