A Greek opera singer wakes up one morning to discover that a tree has appeared overnight in the garden of her Paris house. Intrigued and unnerved, she turns to her neighbours: Vandoosler, an ex-cop fired from the police for having helped a murderer to escape, and three impecunious historians, Mathias, Marc and Lucien - THE THREE EVANGELISTS. They agree - because they're both curious and need the money - to dig around the tree and see if something has been buried there. They find nothing but soil. A few weeks later, Sophia disappears and nobody worries too much until her body is found burned to ashes in a car. Who killed the opera singer? Her husband, her ex-lover, her best friend? Or could it be her lovely niece recently moved to the capital? They all seem to have a motive.
"The Three Evangelists is a strange mix of the sinister, the bizarre and the surreal; her characters seldom behave like ordinary people, and her mysteries do not follow the usual rules of crime fiction. Yet these curiously assembled elements coalesce into a gripping, unsettling whole that stays in the mind far longer than most novels of the genre. It tantalises from page one" Marcel Berlins The Times
Fred Vargas, Jg. 1958, Mutter eines Sohnes, Archäologin im Hauptberuf, lebt in Paris. Ihre erfolgreichen Krimis schreibt sie fast ausschließlich im Urlaub. 2004 erhielt die sie den Deutschen Krimipreis und 2012 wurde sie im Rahmen des internationalen Krimifestivals 'Mord am Hellweg' mit dem Europäischen Preis für Kriminalliteratur (Ripper Award) ausgezeichnet.