A young miscreant is setup for a fall by powerful men, a pigeon needs rescuing and the great hunt appears to claim evil men in the Normandie. Commissaire Adamsberg, his son and his team of special characters have a lot on their plate in this latest installment of the series.
I very much enjoy the cast in this series, all very special in their own right. And the very unconventional way in which Adamsberg approaches the cases he is pulled into.
This can easily be read as a standalone. The characters are all vivid without the burden of a lot of back story from previous books, though obviously meeting the band again is an extra enjoyment.