Fred Vargas was born in Paris in 1957. As well as being a best-selling author in France, she is an historian and archaeologist. She was the winner of the inaugural British Crime Writers’ Association Duncan Lawrie International Dagger for her novel The Three Evangelists. She compares the detective novel to a Greek tragedy which, orchestrating good ans evil, helps to purge passions, our passions, through the delusion and anguish of the characters. From the ancestral fear of the werewolf to that of the plague, the catharsis is an effective for the characters as it is for the readers.