Wash This Blood Clean from My Hand
1st English edition cover
|Original title||Sous les vents de Neptune|
|Publisher||Viviane Hamy (French)
The Harvill Press (English)
Published in English
|Media type||Print (Paperback)|
|Pages||441 pp (French)
388 pp (English)
|ISBN||ISBN 2-87858-190-3 (French)
ISBN 1-84343-273-0 (English)
|LC Class||PQ2682.A725 S68 2004|
|Preceded by||Have Mercy on Us All|
|Followed by||This Night's Foul Work|
The novel is part of her Commissaire Adamsberg series. As with many of Vargas' novels in English translation, the English title is not a literal translation. It adroitly chooses a quote from Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth (Act II, Scene ii, 57-8): "Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?".
In 2007 the book won the Crime Writers' Association Duncan Lawrie International Dagger, the second year in a row Vargas won the award (The Three Evangelists having won the previous year). This was the first time an author has been shortlisted for a main CWA Award for three successive novels.
Vargas also won the International Dagger award in 2008, the first time an author won the CWA award for three successive novels.
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