By Fred Vargas
Pourquoi Louis Kehlweiler dit l’Allemand, Marc, Lucien et Mathias — retranchés dans leur baraque pourrie de l. a. rue Chasle à Paris —, s’intéressent-ils à un simplet à tête d’imbécile pas franchement sympathique, dont l. a. culpabilité ne fait de doute pour personne, pas même pour eux ?
Pourquoi tiennent-ils à sauver ce Clément Vauquer, un détraqué recherché par toutes les polices de Nevers et de Paris pour les assassinats effroyables d’au moins deux jeunes femmes ?
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